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RESOURCE: Sorting through a Set of US Government PDFs

The Library of Congress released a set of 1,000 PDF files, randomly selected from .gov domain sites. This is the first of many anticipated datasets the Digital Content Management section is preparing in order to “extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant web archives holdings.” The broader project seeks to make LC web …read more

RESOURCE: Launch of the DARIAH Open Blog

The DARIAH Open blog aims to provide a single space where information around the emerging landscape of Open Humanities can be disseminated, discussed and evaluated. The blog is primarily geared towards researcher communities, including librarians, working with arts and humanities disciplines and broader stakeholder groups, such as the GLAM-sector, partner organizations or different policy-making bodies. From the announcement: …read more

RESOURCE: Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review

Kristin A. Briney (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) has published “Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review” in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. As the abstract makes clear, Briney’s paper details data management practices by librarians in academic libraries and compares the on-the-ground situation to NISO’s principles on user …read more

RESOURCE: Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications & Open Educational Resources

The latest issue of Cod4Lib Journal includes an article by Chris Diaz (Northwestern University), entitled “Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications and Open Educational Resources.” In it, Diaz considers the role static site generators may afford can play in libraries’ open publishing activities. Static sites are cheap to host and require very few computing …read more

RESOURCE: Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications & Open Educational Resources

The latest issue of Cod4Lib Journal includes an article by Chris Diaz (Northwestern University), entitled “Using Static Site Generators for Scholarly Publications and Open Educational Resources.” In it, Diaz considers the role static site generators may afford can play in libraries’ open publishing activities. Static sites are cheap to host and require very few computing …read more

RESOURCE: The State of Digital Preservation in 2018

Oya Y. Rieger (Ithaka S+R) has released a new report detailing the challenges and gaps in library digital preservation strategies. The report highlights a number of areas of strength, including stronger communities of practice, shared infrastructure, and new systems and tools. Interviewees also, however, pointed to a number of difficulties: the cost of storage, the …read more

RESOURCE: Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

This week, the Library of Congress (LOC) released new streaming materials within the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, which includes over 200 digitized recordings available online from analog collection of over 800 audio recordings of poets and writers representing 32 countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, reading from …read more

RESOURCE: A Grand-Challenges Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science

MIT hosted a Grand Challenges Summit in March 2018, and participants from that summit have released a white paper, “A Grand-Challenges Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science.” From the introduction: A global and multidisciplinary community of stakeholders came together in March 2018 to identify, scope, and prioritize a common vision for specific …read more

RESOURCE: Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier

Christine L. Borgman (UCLA) has uploaded “Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier” to arXiv.org. From the abstract: As universities recognize the inherent value in the data they collect and hold, they encounter unforeseen challenges in stewarding those data in ways that balance accountability, transparency, and protection of privacy, academic freedom, …read more

RESOURCE: Format Shift: Information Behavior and User Experience in the Academic E-book Environment

The new issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly includes an article by Daniel G. Tracy (University of Illinois) entitled “Format Shift: Information Behavior and User Experience in the Academic E-book Environment.” From the abstract: This article seeks to understand information behavior in the context of the academic e-book user experience, shaped by a disparate set …read more

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