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Open Access discussed in next AL Live webcast

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Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access, and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. For a candid discussion of what OA is (and isn’t), join us for “Open Access and Libraries,” the next broadcast of AL Live at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, November 6....

American Libraries, Oct. 28

Participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey

The Digital Inclusion Survey is open until November 22

Larra Clark writes: “I can attest to the power of library datasuch as that provided by thousands of libraries through the Digital Inclusion Survey throughout my career. The time librarians take to respond to national surveys puts our community on the map for those who might otherwise count us out of the Digital Age. Here are five reasons I think public library staff should say yes to the Digital Inclusion Survey, which is open until November 22.”...

District Dispatch, Nov. 3

Sponsored Content

Seth Cayley

Punch authors revealed for the first time

Seth Cayley, Head of Research Publishing, Cengage Learning EMEA

In 2014 Gale, part of Cengage Learning, published the online Punch Historical Archive, containing every issue of the magazine. Although best known for its superb cartoons, the biting wit of Punch’s articles deserves wider recognition; full-text searching in the archive will allow researchers and students to explore the magazine in new ways.

Gale logoFor much of its life, the magazine’s articles were written anonymously. The mocking figure of “Mr. Punch” was mainly the public identity of the magazine, not its contributors. However, in reality, Punch was put together by a tight brotherhood of writers....

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Opening round begins for the Goodreads Choice Awards

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Bibliophiles can make their voices heard on some of their favorite books that were published this year. The opening round has begun for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. Goodreads users can submit their votes in 20 different categories: fiction, mystery and thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, humor, nonfiction, memoir and autobiography, history and biography, business books, food and cookbooks, comics and graphic novels, poetry, debut Goodreads author, YA fiction, YA fantasy, middle grade and children’s, and picture books. More details at Goodreads....

GalleyCat, Nov. 3
University of Alabama

Verizon, AT&T tracking users with supercookies

Internet privacy

Craig Timberg writes: “Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed ‘supercookies’: markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape them. The technology has allowed the companies to monitor which sites their customers visit, cataloging their tastes and interests. Consumers cannot erase these supercookies or evade them by using browser settings, such as ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ modes.”...

Washington Post, Nov. 3
ALA Midwinter Meeting

Which messaging technologies are safe and secure?

Secure Messaging Scorecard

In the face of widespread internet data collection and surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products, but how can users know if these systems actually secure? The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its Secure Messaging Scorecard on November 4, evaluating dozens of messaging technologies on a range of security best practices....

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nov. 4

Carbondale creates an intergenerational book

Alice and Haley

The staff at Carbondale (Ill.) Public Library are working on a community-created content initiative for their Ezra Jack Keats minigrant. Here is a progress report from Director Diana Brawley Sussman: “After seven months of planning, the day came for us to gather together children from the Boys and Girls Club and seniors from Senior Adult Services to begin work on an ebook they would make together. The seniors and kids were all excited about the prospect of becoming published authors and accomplished artists, thanks to the book pages they were about to write and the illustrations they would see exhibited at the library for their book release party.”...

The Library As Incubator Project, Nov. 4

NYPL vs. Seattle in the battle of the book sorters

New York workers sort books during the competition. Photo by Jonathan Blanc

On October 29, New York reasserted its dominance in at least one corner of the literary universe: book sorting. In the fourth annual “battle of the book sorters,” the giant mechanical sorter shared by the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library sorted 12,570 items in an hour, while a similar behemoth belonging to the King County (Wash.) Library System sorted a mere 11,868. “The laid-back atmosphere of Seattle got a real taste of fast-paced New York today,” said Salvatore Magaddino, the deputy director of the Book Ops facility in Queens, which houses New York’s $2.4 million, 238-foot-long sorter....

New York Times: ArtsBeat, Oct. 29

Neil Gaiman’s tips for reading stories to kids

Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

Over the weekend, writer Neil Gaiman and artist Lorenzo Mattotti appeared together at the New York City independent bookstore McNally Jackson to promote Hansel and Gretel. At the event, Gaiman read an excerpt from the story in front of an audience that included a plethora of both adults and kids. During the Q&A session, he offered some guidance for reading stories to young people....

GalleyCat, Nov. 3

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