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Ivy Stacks employee with UVa’s offsite shelving facility seriously injured in Charlottesville

Chronicle of Higher Education: “Tyler D.R. Magill, an employee with the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library, suffered a stroke Tuesday that may be related to injuries he sustained in a violent melee with white supremacists on the university’s Lawn Friday night, a friend of his family confirmed Wednesday. Mr. Magill was admitted around 10 a.m. Tuesday to the university’s medical center, where doctors found that his carotid artery was partially dissected, causing a clot that resulted in a stroke, Mr. Magill’s wife confirmed to The Chronicle through a family friend. Doctors at the medical center suspect that the stroke is the result of blunt force trauma to the neck, the source told The Chronicle. A spokesman for the university’s medical center said Wednesday that Mr. Magill was in fair condition at the hospital. Mr. Magill, 46, works in the university’s library as an liaison with Ivy Stacks, UVa’s offsite shelving facility. He drew attention when a video surfaced recently in which he followed Jason Kessler, an organizer of the “Unite the Right Rally,” as state police escorted Mr. Kessler away from a press conference outside Charlottesville City Hall. Mr. Magill called Mr. Kessler responsible for the death of Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a vehicle that rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters Saturday…”

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

“Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. [The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to… Continue Reading

Library Guides for Detecting Fake News – AALL Spectrum July 2017

Genevieve Zook [excerpted from her article] – JULY/AUGUST 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 23 American Library Association bit.ly/JA17ALA Bowdoin College Library bit.ly/JA17Bowdoin Harvard Library bit.ly/JA17Harvard Hillsborough Community College Libraries bit.ly/JA17Hills Indiana University East bit.ly/JA17IU Pace University Library bit.ly/JA17Pace Penn State University Libraries bit.ly/JA17Pace http://bit.ly/JA17Pace The Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County bit.ly/JA17 Toronto Public Library… Continue Reading

Another view on the Google book scanning project

What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?: “…many librarians and scholars see the legacy of the project differently. In fact, academics now regularly tap into the reservoir of digitized material that Google helped create, using it as a dataset they can query, even if they can’t consume full texts. It’s… Continue Reading

Internet Archive – 78rpm Records Digitized by George Blood, L.P.

Internet Archive post: “Through the Great 78 Project the Internet Archive has begun to digitize 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P.. 78s were mostly made from shellac, i.e., beetle resin, and were the brittle predecessors to the LP (microgroove) era.  @great78project for uploads as they happen. The… Continue Reading

Lost Art Foundation project searches small libraries for Nazi looted books

“Nazi-looted books found in German libraries Sensational finds of art works make headlines in provenance research, but books were also looted by the Nazis. Looking for them in small libraries is the goal of a new project….The Lost Art Foundation has organized a program called “Initial Check” in order to enable the search for stolen… Continue Reading

Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven?

Slideshare [290 pages] – Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven? An Open Question in Need of a Solution – Professor Daniel Martin Katz, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Continue Reading

Libraries Hosting Eclipse Events With Guides and Glasses

STARNet – “We have distributed over 2 million free eclipse glasses and 4,000 education kits to over 7,000 library locations (public libraries, state libraries, book mobiles, tribal libraries). This represents nearly one half of all libraries in the country. To find a library in your area, zoom in on the interactive map… then click on… Continue Reading

JournalTOCs current awareness service for updates on latest subject matter specific articles

“JournalTOCs is a Current Awareness Service (CAS) where you can discover the newest papers coming directly from the publishers as soon as they have been published online. JournalTOCs is for researchers, librarians, students and anyone who’s looking for the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature with international coverage. JournalTOCs is a… Continue Reading

OCLC – The Realities of Research Data Management

Bryant, Rebecca, Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas. 2017. A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/2017/oclcresearch-research-data-managementservice-space-tour-2017.pdf. [Parts 2-4 are forthcoming] “The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of… Continue Reading

Elsevier acquires bepress – leading showcase of academic research

News release: “Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions’ research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, Berkeley professors in 1999, bepress allows institutions to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate their intellectual output,… Continue Reading

Paper – Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries

Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries Tao Zhang, Xi Niu, Marlen Promann, College and Research Libraries, Vol 78, No 5 (2017) . “We report findings from an assessment of e-book user experience (search and information seeking) from usage data and user tests. The usage data showed that most reading sessions were brief… Continue Reading