Library Corner 1-28-2016

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

DPLA Adds New “Primary Source Sets” For Grades 6-12 and Higher Education (Infodocket) – These sets are designed for students and teachers in grades 6-12 and higher education.

S.F. library rolls out Biblio Bistro for lessons on cooking (SF Gate) – Yes,  you can incorporate cooking healthy food into a library program. This is inspiring!

California: LA Public Library Launching a Two-Week Valentine’s Day Themed Amnesty Program For Overdue Materials (Infodocket) – This is an innovative library amnesty program.

*UPDATE* Wisconsin: Committee OKs bill expanding library powers (KSL) – Bill allowing police involvement for overdue books clears another hurdle.

Iowa: In Dubuque, no ‘Appraisal’ worth losing Wood’s works (TH Online) –  Library turns down $6 million for painting in collection.

International Library News:

Canada: What happens when you find a long-lost violin concerto in a library basement? (CBC) – A concerto is by the Norwegian found in the collection of Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow.

Policy and Privacy:

Amid Controversy, Scholastic Pulls Picture Book About Washington’s Slave (NPR) – This article discusses the other side of history that exists amidst claims of whitewashing the topic of slavery.

Penguin Random House Ebooks Now Licensed for Perpetual Access (American Library) – No more limits on the time period or number of circulations for Penguin Random House content. But the pricing is a different story.


U.S. Department of Commerce Recommends Amendments to Statutory Damages Provisions in Copyright Act (USPTO) – A new white paper looks at some of the issues connected with current copyright law such as remixes, first sale doctrine and the complicated issues of infringement and statutory damages.

Reference and Statistics:

Education: An International Database of Learning Assessments (Infodocket)

Introducing New Hampshire Public Radios’s Election Database (NHPR)

New “State of the Climate” Report/Data: “2015 is Earth’s Warmest Year by Widest Margin on Record” (Infodocket)

American Cancer Society Launches New Cancer Statistics Web Site  (American Cancer Society)

Digital Collections:

Games to Learn By: National Library of Medicine Announces Three New Resources for Students (NLM)

Making the Work of Florence Nightingale Available (BU Today)

View Online: A Film From 1963 Provides a Look at “Inner Workings” of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) (Infodocket)

Shakespeare Documented: Largest Online Shakespeare Resource Launches (PR News)

New “Europeana Collections” Website (Beta) Now Live (Infodocket)

The Internet Archive’s New “Political TV Ad Archive” Launches Tomorrow (Infodocket)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive (Texas State Library)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, January 28, 2016:

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted (MotherBoard) Is losing a site’s Google rank the solution the web’s security problems?

The FCC wants to totally overhaul how cable boxes work (The Verge) I would definitely want a combination ROKU and cable box if I could get one!

Google brings comments to its entire mobile office suite (The Verge) – Is this a feature you have been waiting for?

Rest in Hell, Java Plug-in (Gizmodo) – At long last, Java bites the dust.

Aereo’s ex-CEO wants to bring wireless gigabit internet to everyone (The Next Web) – The Starry wireless internet that works in an urban setting is an interesting idea, but can they pull it off?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Sarah Woodbury’s Of Men and Dragons (The Lion of Wales Book 3) for 99 cents. Who doesn’t love King Arthur? Books 1 and 2 of the series are also 99 cents and book 4 is $2.99.

And, as part of Today’s Deal, you can get a Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Previous Generation – 3rd) for $149.99. That is $65 off the regular price.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is What I Tell You In the Dark: A Novel by John Samuel for $2.99 (interesting angel storyline in this one…). The Romance Daily Find is Honor Reclaimed (HORNET Series #2) by Tonya Burrows for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cold Betrayal (An Ali Reynolds Novel) by J.A. Jance for $1.99. And, Kobo’s  Buy 2, Get 1 free sale still continues through February 1st.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Gold Shimmer by P.T. Michelle for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.