March 17, 2018

Archives for August 2011


How the W3C Has Come To Love Library Linked Data

(Editor’s note: Since the initial publication of this article, the W3C has published permanent links to the final report and the supporting reports.) The number of influential libraries publishing their metadata onto the web as linked open data, which is the heart of the Semantic Web, is growing at a dizzying rate. To further this […]

Internet Archive Launches Site Dedicated to 9/11 TV News Coverage

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks just around the corner, the Internet Archive (IA) has launched “Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,” a website featuring a wide selection of archived television programming from that fateful day and its aftermath. The collection of DVD-quality video footage starts at 8 a.m. EDT […]

After 17 Years, Library Website Directory Libweb to Shut Down

Libweb, the long-running web-based directory of library websites, is “being put out to pasture,” according to a post late yesterday on the Web4Lib listserv from Libweb’s founder and administrator, Thomas Dowling, assistant director of library systems at OhioLINK. The 17-year-old site, which lists links to more than 8000 library websites in 146 countries, will no […]

Two Ivies Adopt New Discovery Services

Academic libraries at two New England-based Ivy League schools—the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT; and Brown University, Providence, RI—have adopted new discovery services, according to separate announcements. Innovate Interfaces (III) announced that Yale’s law library has gone live with III’s Encore Synergy 4.1, in which it is integrating articles […]

New Hires at SirsiDynix, ByWater Solutions

Library automation company SirsiDynix and Koha integrated library system support company ByWater Solutions officially announced new personnel this week: SirsiDynix named Sheridan Richey as its new VP of product development. According to the announcement, Richey “built a leading cloud-based medical software platform” in his previous position at medical software company AdvancedMD. Before that, he worked […]

Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader Adds Complexity to a Quickly Shifting Market

The same day that Apple and five of the Big Six publishers were sued for allegedly conspiring to fix ebook prices, Amazon unveiled further ebook news. Yesterday, it launched its Kindle Cloud Reader, a browser-based application that allows users to buy and read Kindle ebooks on the cloud via a web browser. It also lets […]

Unsinkable? | Peer to Peer Review

It turns out book publishing isn’t crashing and burning after all. A new report out from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group finds that over the past three years and during the worst recession since the Great Depression publishers are making money, even growing. This is a surprise considering everything I hear from the published – advances are down, midlist writers are being dropped, writers who have been doing well are getting less marketing support, and aspiring writers are increasingly assuming they’ll never be published the traditional way. It also is a surprise considering what we’ve been hearing from publishers, some of whom won’t let libraries loan ebooks until they can figure out how to make more money, even though an ebook already costs a library far more than the same book in print and loaned under the same constraints.

Library of Congress Posts Twitter Updates on Thomas Home Page

The Library of Congress has updated its THOMAS legislative information page to include dynamic updates from the library’s @THOMASdotgov Twitter feed  on the homepage in the right column. “One of our goals with the Twitter account is to provide timely alerts about legislative developments and, with this change, now we can do that directly from the […]

The British Library and BiblioLabs Launch 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad

The British Library has launched its 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad. The app was announced in June with an initial offering of 1,000 19th century books, but it now offers 45,000 titles to subscribers ($2.99 a month) and this will expand to 60,000 titles by the end of the year. Users have access […]