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JSTOR launches updated design and navigation

JSTOR has a new look: “A search box at the top of every page to help find content Larger fonts, brighter color, and navigation aids to provide a consistent experience Optimized headers and footers to make it easier to explore JSTOR’s content and information Clearer identification of your institutional access provider The JSTOR logo has… Continue Reading

Digitized Bound Congressional Record 1941-1950 Now Available

GovInfo: “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the Library of Congress (LC), has made available on govinfo digitized versions of the Congressional Record (Bound Edition) from 1941-1950. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 77th through the 81st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: World War II,… Continue Reading

Wiley Content Sharing Launches Across Wiley Online Library

“John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the launch of Wiley Content Sharing across its research portfolio. The launch follows a successful trial that began in early 2017. Wiley Content Sharing facilitates collaboration by allowing authors and subscribers to share free-to-read full-text articles with non-subscribers. This new functionality will be available to all journals on… Continue Reading

New York Law Institute provides access to 160,000 ebooks

NYLI Announcement: “We are always trying to anticipate the needs of our NYLI members and acquire sought after electronic resources that meet today’s sophisticated legal research needs.  To that end, we have increased our eBook holdings from 100,000 eBook titles to 160,000, all available now and free of charge to our members.  Access our eBooks.“ Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters.

Via LLRX – The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters. – Melissa Levine’s article articulates for us the historic significance and professional impact of the recent announcement by the Library of Congress that 25 million digital catalog records are now available to the public, at no cost. This… Continue Reading

Field recordings from the Dictionary of American Regional English

University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries: “From 1965–1970, Fieldworkers for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) conducted interviews with nearly 3,000 “Informants” in 1,002 communities across America. They visited native residents in all fifty states and D.C., collecting local words, phrases, and pronunciations. In addition to answering more than 1,600 questions from the DARE… Continue Reading

Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act

“The bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in the US House of Representatives on July 26, 2017. Co-sponsored by Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3), Mike Doyle (D-PA-14), and Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA-19), FASTR will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible… Continue Reading

British Library digitized version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex

British Library – “Contents: Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci (‘The Codex Arundel’). A collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well… Continue Reading

Draft Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries

“OCLC Research is pleased to invite comments to our draft Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries. The Research and Learning Agenda was produced by Practitioner Researcher-in-Residence Chela Scott Weber who has worked collaboratively with the broad archives and special collections community in the OCLC Research Library Partnership and… Continue Reading

Academic institutions in Germany continue to cancel journal subscriptions as costs soar

Diana Kwon – The Scientist: “Major German Universities Cancel Elsevier Contracts – These institutions join around 60 others that hope to put increasing pressure on the publishing giant in ongoing negotiations for a new nationwide licensing agreement. In Germany, the fight for open access and favorable pricing for journals is getting heated. At the end… Continue Reading

Science concurs with librarians about value of reading actual books – “It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But not… Continue Reading

Here we go again: GPO wants to change Title 44

James A  Jacobs, July 15, 2017: “In case you missed it, in a simple announcement after the 2017 annual ALA meeting GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to make recommendations for changes in Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code (Title 44 Modernization: Contribute Your Ideas, FDLP (June 27 2017). This… Continue Reading