July 29, 2015

E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The […]

Candidates: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Sara Gaar Laughlin Will Vie For 2017-18 ALA Presidency

Here’s the ALA announcement that includes brief bios of each candidate. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, are the candidates for the 2017-18 presidency of the American […]

Cool Projects: The British Library Has a New “Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence”, Will Work on Poetry + Smartphone + Geolocation Project

From The British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Sarah Cole from TIME/IMAGE is the British Library’s new Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence, having secured funding from CreativeWorks London to work on a project called Poetic Places. This initiative will explore relationships between literary geographies, cultural heritage collections, and real world environments, via the creation of a smartphone geolocation user […]

The Smithsonian Heads to Kickstarter to Crowdfund Preservation and Digitization of Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

The following Kickstarter campaign is the first in a series of crowdfunding campaigns from the Smithsonian Institution. From the Kickstarter Blog: The Smithsonian’s first project, from the National Air & Space Museum, focuses on the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong as he stepped off a ladder and became the first person on the moon. The […]

New Video: The British Library Takes a CT Scan of Europe’s Oldest Intact Book

A new video from The British Library online today. The St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest intact European book, underwent a CT scan to reveal more information about its structure. This video, produced by Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist at the British Library, shows the manuscript, its wooden boards, the cords which lie under the raised frames […]

California: Protest at Berkeley Public Library Over Weeding

From Berkeleyside: A crowd of around 30 people gathered at the front of the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library today to protest new procedures for weeding books from the library’s collection. The protesters believe the process, ordered by Library Director Jeff Scott, is being carried out irresponsibly. [Clip] In an effort to save books […]

Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web”

UPDATED July 16 Full Text of President Obama’s Speech at Launch of ConnectHome Initiative We’ve embedded a video of the speech at the bottom of this post. From The New York Times: The Obama administration announced on Wednesday a program to connect thousands of public housing residents across the nation to the Internet at low […]

Funding: Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Library Bond Refinancing Wins Solid Approval

From KUAR Radio: The library tax for the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will both decrease and go on longer after voters approved a bond refinancing plan by an 86-14 percent margin. The week-long voting period ended yesterday. Only about 4,400 went to the polls. [Clip] Between $5.5 million and $7.5 million will be used […]

Discoverability: CHORUS Sign Memorandum of Understanding With ORCID

From a CHORUS Announcement: CHORUS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ORCID to support discoverability in scholarly communications. [Clip] ORCID Executive Director Laurel Haak said, “Creating and supporting authoritative connections between researchers and their works, funding sources, and affiliations, is essential for delivering public access to scholarly content. Together, CHORUS and ORCID have an important […]

Politico: Library of Congress Twitter Archive Project in “Limbo”

From the Article: In the spring of 2010, the Library of Congress announced it was taking a big stride toward preserving the nation’s increasingly digital heritage — by acquiring Twitter’s entire archive of tweets and planning to make it all available to researchers. “How Tweet It Is!” the library said in an exuberant blog post, […]