May 22, 2018

Accessibility Awareness | The User Experience

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The idea started with a 2011 blog post by web developer Joe Devon, in which he argued that “it’s more important to make a site accessible than pretty.” As librarians at the University of Southern California (USC), we began a case study in December on accessible design for library instruction. We invoke Devon’s humility, as well as his call to action, because it closely follows our own path of going from knowing very little to gaining more knowledge and becoming advocates for accessibility.

RBdigital Introduces Unlimited Streaming Video, Enhanced App

Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, has launched an enhanced RBdigital app, enabling library patrons to use a single interface to access its audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, comics, streaming video, educational content, games, and more.

Hoopla, eBooks2go Partner on Educational Content

Hoopla digital last week announced an agreement with eBooks2go that will add thousands of educational ebooks and homeschooling materials to the digital content platform’s service, offering library patrons access to Shell Education and TIME FOR KIDS content from Teacher Created Materials Publishing, as well as ebooks and other resources from Boys Town Press.

Hackfests, UX, Personal Data, and Media Among Trends at ER&L 2018

The comprehensive program at the 13th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference featured presentations from danah boyd and Robyn Caplan of the Data & Society Research Institute.

Adding Apps | Technology in Focus

As smartphones become ubiquitous, libraries and vendors are responding with new apps, features, and mobile-friendly websites.

VR Meets the Real World | Technology in Focus

Virtual reality is fast reaching a mainstream tipping point, with libraries already facilitating next-generation learning environments that use it

College Students Prefer Print for Long-form Reading, Ebooks for Research | LJ Survey

Most college students prefer to read print books for pleasure, but when they are conducting research, almost two-thirds now prefer ebooks or express no format preference, according to Library Journal’s 2018 Academic Student Ebook Experience Survey, sponsored by EBSCO.

Marrakesh Treaty Bill Introduced

On March 15 the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) was introduced in Congress, moving the United States closer to implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was adopted in 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)—the United Nations international copyright arm—at an international diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, and has since been ratified by 36 countries.

Tom Bober | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Innovators

Students who can confidently analyze primary sources “look at things with a critical eye,” says school librarian Tom Bober. But cultivating this crucial skill can be daunting, as he discovered as a classroom teacher. After attending the Library of Congress (LC) Summer Institute in 2013, however, Bober was armed with strategies—and ready to spread the word.

Save Government Information! | Peer to Peer Review

Today, access to born-digital federal government information is relatively easy. Most of it is even available for free. But there are few legal guarantees to ensure that the information published today will be available tomorrow. Now, the GPO Reform Act of 2018 about to be introduced in Congress, pitched as a modernization of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), will actually endanger long-term free public access to government information.