January 18, 2017

Technology

NYPL, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership

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Photo credit: Josef Astor

New York Public Library (NYPL) and big-five publisher Macmillan have reached an agreement that will see Macmillan release children’s and adult books inspired by and sourced at the library, making NYPL’s famed collection available to a broader audience.

WhiteSpace Project Could Grow Rural Broadband Access

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Leveraging TV white space (TVWS)—unused, license-exempt portions of the radio spectrum that have been traditionally allocated to television broadcasters—could expand broadband Internet access in rural areas. The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information, in partnership with the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), has been assessing ways to do so through the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.

Adopt or Adapt? | Office Hours

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“I already feel behind. I’m not an early adopter and do not want to be. Is there a place for those not drawn to the newest and shiniest tech?” read an email from an LIS student expressing concern about finding her way through the discussions and applications of emerging technologies in the field. There is a place for you, I replied, but it requires shifting perspective a bit and looking beyond technology.

American Museum of Natural History Hackathon Tackles 21st Century Library Challenges

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On November 18–20, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) hosted “Hack the Stacks,” a solution-building event where over 100 developers, programmers, and others with a passion for computer science worked overnight to develop innovative solutions for the challenges faced by modern libraries and archives. The goal was to animate, organize, and enable greater access to the increasing body of digitized content produced by the AMNH Library.

Library for All Begins Scaling Up | Q&A with Isabel Sheinman

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Library for All, a nonprofit organization that has created a digital library solution designed to deliver ebooks and high-quality educational materials to children and readers in developing countries, was recently honored with an Empowering People Award. The global competition held by the Siemens Stiftung foundation is designed to find the most innovative technology solutions currently improving people’s lives in the developing world.

Government Website Harvest Enlists Librarians, Educators, Students

End of Term Harvest session at New York Academy of Medicine
Photo credit: Debbie Rabina

As the United States—and the world—prepare for the January 20, 2017 presidential inauguration, libraries, institutions, and citizens are joining forces to identify federal government websites to be captured and saved in the End of Term (EOT) Web Archive.

OU Libraries Help Researchers Build Coding Skills with Software Carpentry

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Aiming to help faculty and graduate students learn essential coding skills to facilitate their research, the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU) have been offering two-day, hands-on workshops developed by Software Carpentry.

Libraries Test Chronicle: Collaborative Local History

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The team behind Chronicle—a new collaborative platform and community designed for photographers—has approached several libraries over the past six months to participate in the closed beta release of the platform. Users add recent photos or scanned archival prints to the platform via an app or web interface, where they are collected in chronicles focused on specific locations, events, or themes.

Book Cleaning | Product Spotlight

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There’s a slow fire burning that threatens to destroy our libraries’ irreplaceable materials. Paper-based books and records are in danger of degradation not only because of their construction but also from improper storage, cleaning, and treatment. While acid-, lignin-, and sulfur-free papers have largely replaced their more fragile wood pulp–based predecessors that were subject to cracking, yellowing, and disintegrating, there is still a danger of acid-free materials—mostly those manufactured after the 1990s—experiencing acid migration when they come into contact with high-acid documents, acid inks, pollutants, or other chemicals.

BiblioTech Building Ebook Access by Bus

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BiblioTech, the digital library of Bexar County, TX, recently added VIA Metropolitan Transit, which provides 39.6 million bus trips annual throughout the county, to a growing list of local partners that help patrons discover and access library ebooks and other content.