Week 5,6,7,8 & 9: Amazon Plans To Open 400 stores,GPO Starts Govinfo.gov In Beta,Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education Report Released, NLM Starts MedPix Free Online Medical Image Database,FSU Libraries With University-Wide Open Access Policy, Gale Content Is Now Discoverable On Google

Listen Online: LJ’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, Nicolle Ingui Davies, Interviewed on Colorado Public Radio ( INFODocket)
“We’ve got a strong focus on technology because technical literacy is just a piece of the world that we live in today. And if you don’t have technological literacy, if you’re not able to navigate the electronic world, the online world, the gadget world, you’re at a disadvantage. So we want to make sure that our public has that piece of literacy in the same way that we promote other forms of literacy.”

Thomson Reuters Releases New Legal Products ( Information Today) 
“Thomson Reuters launched two new products: eDiscovery Point and Practice Point. The eDiscovery Point platform gives law firms control over e-discovery from processing to production. Practice Point leverages content, expertise, and technology from Practical Law and Westlaw to provide legal professionals with the most relevant content and tools for a given task or issue.”

Introductory Video For “Ebooks Minnesota”, New Service Provides Ebooks From Minnesota’s Independent Publishers ( Infodocket)
Powered by Biblioboard, Ebooks Minnesota can be accessed on the web and via apps for iOS and Android and also  sideloaded on the Kindle Fire.  The collection covers variety of subjects by Minnesota’s  independent publishers.

Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says ( Library Stuff)
“The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday.”

GPO Launches Beta of govinfo.gov, Site Will Eventually Replace FDsys ( Library Stuff)
Govinfo.gov will operate in beta testing mode for one year while the agency gathers feedback from users. A permanent website is expected in 2017. There are more than 1.5 million titles available on govinfo, with more added daily. Collections on govinfo include:

  • The Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports Bills
  • The U.S. Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Courts Opinions
  • The Federal Budget

Some key features on govinfo:

  • Mobile-friendly optimized for screen size
  • An ABC list of collections
  • Quick Links to popular publications
  • Related Documents
  • Search by Calendar
  • Shareable social media content”

David Giles and Story Bellows: BPL’s Strategy Team Looks Ahead (Library Journal)
“LJ recently caught up with Giles and Bellows to talk about their previous work, aspirations for BPL, and thoughts on what 21st-century libraries can accomplish.”

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition Released ( Infodocket)
From this year’s  Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education  Report: “A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in schools. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges, meaning that they are well-understood and the solutions have been identified. “Competing Models of Education” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives” and “Keeping Education Relevant.” Challenges in this category are complex to define, making them more difficult to address.

Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and learning analytics and adaptive learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented and virtual reality technologies and makerspaces are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; affective computing and robotics are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

DC Public Library Formally Launching “Books From Birth” Program Today (Infodocket)
Books from Birth is a new program at DC Public Library, which aims to ship a free book every month to the parents and legal gardians of each child from burth till they reach  5 years of age. Users are also offered the option to register to receive free mobile videos in English and Spannish on how to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities.

National Library of Medicine Announces MedPix®, Free Online Medical Image Database (Library Stuff)
The National Library of Medicine is lunching  MedPix, a free online medical image database with over 53,000 images from over 13,000 cases.

Rutgers University Planning to Launch a One-Year Open Textbook Pilot (INFOdocket)
“With this grant program, Rutgers can ensure that students have access to the learning materials they need to succeed- it’s good for students, it’s good for faculty, and it’s good for the school.” said Nick Jermer, the student chair of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.”

OpenText Creates Presidential Election Website ( Information Today)
“OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced Election Tracker ’16. Election Tracker ’16 allows users to visually monitor, compare, and analyze media coverage surrounding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election coverage from the world’s top online news publications and agencies. Individuals are encouraged to access the election tool at Electiontracker.us for a complete picture of the current media coverage of the U.S. Presidential election. ”

McGill University Students and Dean of Libraries on “What Defines a Modern Library” (Infodocket)
Inetersting to comparison on the role of the library between two McGill students and the Dean of Libraries.

Boston University Libraries choose Zepheira to convert catalog to linked data, opening it to the web (Library  Technology Guides)
Zepheira has signed Boston University  to its Early Adopter for Academic Libraries Linked Data service. BU is now working with Zepheira to convert its MARC catalog of over 3,000,000 records into Linked Data and publish it to the Web to increase the visibility of the library’s resources. Like most academic libraries, less than half of BU’s users start their searches for information at the Libraries’ Web site, explained Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access.”

The Florida State University Faculty Senate Passes University-Wide Open Access Policy (Infodocket)
“The Florida State University Faculty Senate, in consultation with its Library Committee and staff of the FSU Libraries, voted unanimously this week to adopt a university-wide Open Access (OA) policy.
Under the new policy, faculty grant FSU permission to share the accepted versions of their scholarly articles for non-commercial purposes and agree to send the accepted, peer-reviewed versions of their articles to Library staff to be made publicly available in DigiNole: FSU’s Research Repository and Digital Library. By granting non-exclusive rights to the university, faculty create a safe harbor against overly-restrictive intellectual property agreements and retain far greater control over their work than they would in standard publication contracts.”

Broken Furniture and Blood on the Floor (Library Journal)
Roy Tennant’s perspective on the “fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of our transition from record-based bibliographic metadata to linked data.”

  • Simply translating bibliographic data from one format (MARC) to another (BIBFRAME or Schema.org, for example) does not create useful links. 
  • To achieve true library linked data, individual MARC elements must be turned into actionable entities.
  • Creating actionable entities will require new kinds of processes and services that mostly don’t yet exist.”

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google (Library Stuff)
Due to integrated “indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Amy Johnson Crow, Lee Rainie, R. David Lankes

Free Source for Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America
 (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
A walkthrough the genealogy resources in DPLA from Amy Johnson Crow

The Puzzles Librarians Need to Solve – Pew Research  (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Resourceful presentation by Lee Rainie, Director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center.

Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
“Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information” presented at University of Sydney Library’s Experts Program Series  by  R. David Lankes, Professor Siracuse University.



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