November 27, 2015

Professor, Library Map the Medieval World

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Mappamundi is the online web portal for the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP) based out of the University of Texas at Austin (UT). It links to a series of Digital Humanities projects by scholars from around the world about people, places, and objects from the period of roughly 500-1500 CE. Although many people think of this period solely as the European “Dark Ages,” the project directors are interested in portraying a much more global picture. Many of the projects focus on areas outside of Europe and are interested in cultural exchange between peoples.

Manifold Scholarship Turns Scholarly Books into Iterative Digital Projects | Charleston Conference 2015

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During the Charleston Conference session “New Platforms and Discovery Tools: Towards 21st Century University Presses and Libraries”, two Mellon Foundation-funded projects were introduced: UPScope Project, a university press-wide discovery engine based on natural language searches, being developed by the Association of American University Presses, and the Manifold Scholarship project, detailed below.

METRO Hosts Panel on Open Ed Resources

Panelists Lisa Norberg, Megan Wacha, and Steven Ovadia

As part of the ongoing celebration of International Open Access Week, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY) organized a panel discussion on November 2 titled “Leveraging Open Educational Resources in the Classroom and Beyond.”

Q&A With Kelvin Watson, New CIO for Queens Library

Queens Library Chief Information and Technology Officer Kelvin Watson

Kelvin Watson last month was named Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Queens Library (QL) in New York. In addition to his prior position as QL’s VP of digital services and strategy, Watson’s background includes positions at companies and organizations including The Library Corporation (TLC), Ingram, Borders, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the current president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).

Pairing Context with Access in E-Collections | The Digital Shift 2015


One of the latest additions to the digital repository at Arizona State University (ASU) is a selection of issues of the Wassaja Newsletter, an important record of Native American culture and activism in the early 20th century. At Library Journal and School Library Journal’s virtual conference, The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, ASU associate librarian Joyce Martin and digital curator and research data manager Jodi Reeves Flores discussed the project, emphasizing the role that partners in the Native American community had played in improving this resource by providing valuable context for the newly available content.

Syracuse iSchool Social Media Tool Used to Track Elections

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Researchers at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) are using the open-source Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, and Collector Toolkit at Syracuse (STACKS) to collect and analyze social media posts and traffic related to the 2016 presidential candidates as part of an interdisciplinary digital politics project, according to a campus publication.

National Endowment for the Humanities Honors “What Middletown Read”

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On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the agency recognized 50 of the top projects it has supported over the course of its history. Included on that list was What Middletown Read, a digital humanities project focused on Muncie, IN, that brought the patron, book, and circulation records of a turn-of-the-20th century public library into the 21st.

With Privacy Pledge, Library Freedom Project Advocates for HTTPS

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The Library Freedom Project (LFP) is urging libraries and library vendors to ensure basic online privacy protections for patrons by implementing HTTPS for websites, catalogs, and all other online resources. The HTTPS protocol tells web browsers to encrypt data that is transferred between a browser and a server, preventing third-parties from eavesdropping or tampering with that data.

On Demand | Academic Streaming Media


Whether the topic of discussion is electronic resources, collection development policies, or patron-driven acquisition, academic librarians have a history of giving media and video short shrift, argues deg farrelly, media librarian and streaming video administrator for Arizona State University Libraries (ASU).

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Google Book Scanning Is Fair Use


The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled on October 16 that Google’s library book scanning project is protected by fair use and so does not constitute copyright infringement. The decision, which rejects the latest challenge in Authors Guild v. Google, a class-action lawsuit first filed in 2005, also held that Google’s provision of digital copies of the scanned books to participating libraries is non-infringing.