UPDATE: More Knowledge Unlatched News Today: Knowledge Unlatched Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive From the WL: Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through [...]
Open Access Books: Wellcome Library Announces Support of Knowledge Unlatched Project & View “KU: The Movie”
For any library system, getting a check for $480,000 would be a cause to celebrate. In the case of the Sacramento Public Library (SPL), though, that’s particularly true. Instead of the sort of donation every library director dreams of, the influx of money represents a restitution payment that helps the library to recoup some of the estimated $800,000 dollars embezzled by two former employees, bringing a close to an unpleasant chapter in SPL’s history.
This new online resource from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum went live earlier today. From the FRANKLIN Web Site: FRANKLIN is a virtual research room and digital repository that provides free and open access to the digitized collections of the Roosevelt Library. FRANKLIN allows you to keyword search for archival documents and photographs and to [...]
From TorrentFreak: File-sharing sites and platforms of all kinds can be goldmines of unusual information and today fans of writer J. D. Salinger will be the ones getting particularly excited. Last evening three previously unreleased stories by the reclusive American author were uploaded to private BitTorrent tracker What.cd, including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, [...]
A Planet Of Books And Other Librarian Dreams: An Interview With Whovian Librarian Susan Jane Bigelow
Librarian and sci-fi author and enthusiast Susan Jane Bigelow ruminates on how the much-loved and storied TV show—which celebrated its 50th anniversary this week—has influenced her life and her approach to librarianship. (Bigelow also enlarges on this theme in her essay in Queers Dig Timelords: A Celebration of Dr. Who by the LBGTQ Fans Who Love It, which also features a piece by fellow librarian Neil Chester.) She also settles once and for all the lasting question of which Doctor would make the best librarian.
Massachusetts: MA eBook Project Launches Six-Month Pilot, 51 Libraries From Around the State Participating
A six-month pilot of statewide ebook in Massachusetts project got underway the other day. This announcement (dated 11/25) from the Massachusetts Library System (PDF) has details about the project including details about more than 30,000 ebook titles being made available on an unlimited multi-user basis to pilot libraries by BiblioBoard. Along with the ebooks/platform from [...]
Jennifer Vinopal is the Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives at New York University, where she helps scholars bring their work online for preservation, curation, and more and more frequently, collaboration. She talked with Library Journal about how the face of digital scholarship is changing, what role librarians play in that change, and how the partnerships between researchers and librarians are growing closer in the new research landscape.
From the CC Blog: The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before. We had ambitious goals in mind when [...]
Here’s our latest public library news roundup with a selection of 30 stories from the past 11 days. Reports come from 17 states and 2 provinces. We hope you find it useful. Thanks to Matt Weaver for his contributions. infoDOCKET’s Public Library News Roundup British Columbia Vancouver City Council Approves New Library (via Vancouver Sun) California [...]
From the PhillyDeals Blog/Philly.com: Temple University’s new library, previously proposed as the school’s portal to Philadelphia on busy North Broad St., is now planned for “the space currently occupied by Barton Hall along 13th Street between Norris Street and Polett Walk,” as part of a new quadrangle of campus buildings,reports the Temple News here. From the [...]