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from ALA:

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association's 2015 State of America's Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12- 18, 2015.


Press release: New State of America's Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

2015 State of America's Libraries Report (PDF)

Flipbook version at American Libraries Magazine

Accessible text-only version (PDF)

Legal referral resource for every Minnesota county

from the Minnesota State Law Library:

Do you ever get questions from patrons about where they can get legal help? The State Law Library has put together legal referral sheets for every county in Minnesota. These can be a great resource for librarians and patrons! Check out

Minnesota Public Health Data Access Portal

The Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal at the Minnesota Department of Health now includes interactive County Profiles with environment and health data for each county in Minnesota. Access the portal's data on your computer, tablet, or mobile device at

from a ProQuest press release:

The full text of more than 25,000 titles from the acclaimed ProQuest resource Early English Books Online (EEBO) are now openly available on the websites of the University of Michigan Library and the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. The new open access titles are the result of work of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), a longstanding effort to transcribe early modern print books, creating standardized, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions. Through funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries, these text files are jointly owned by more than 150 libraries worldwide, creating a significant database of foundational scholarship.

"This is a significant milestone for TCP and we're very excited for this slice of EEBO to be available to anyone with an interest in the Early Modern era," said Susan Bokern, ProQuest vice president, Information Solutions. "Broad access is what ProQuest founder Eugene Power envisioned more than 70 years ago when he worked with the British libraries to microfilm these rare, important works. The ongoing work of the TCP is a great benefit for EEBO users. Access to the transcribed, native-language full text alongside images and bibliographic detail drives improved research outcomes."

"Jisc is proud of the financial support it has provided to the Text Creation Partnership over a number of years. We look forward to the open access transcriptions being used to support new research efforts across the digital humanities, beyond even those that have been made possible by the availability of early English books online, said Lorraine Estelle, executive director digital resources and divisional CEO Jisc Collections. "The release of this material is not only a boost to the availability of research data, but a welcome contribution to Jisc's work in support of open access across the disciplines."

From the first book published in English in 1473 through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and on through works produced in 1699, EEBO's incomparable collection contains more than 130,000 books that have been digitized, with fully searchable images of each page -- many include beautiful artwork and marginalia. The images, along with enhanced meta data added by ProQuest experts, fulfill even the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars in subject areas as diverse as English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

See page images from EEBO here:

Read the entire press release.

Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World's Maps

from the Google Enterprise Blog:

Governments, nonprofits and businesses have some of the most valuable mapping data in the world, but it's often locked away and not accessible to the public. With the goal of making this information more readily available to the world, today we're launching Google Maps Gallery, a new way for organizations to share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine.


Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas where anyone can search for and find rich, compelling maps. Maps included in the Gallery can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines, making it seamless for citizens and stakeholders to access diverse mapping data, such as locations of municipal construction projects, historic city plans, population statistics, deforestation changes and up-to-date emergency evacuation routes. Organizations using Maps Gallery can communicate critical information, build awareness and inform the public at-large.

See the full post on the Google blog.

In honor of Black History month, Oxford University Press will provide free access to its African American Studies Center, for the month of February. The Oxford African American Studies Center is a rich collection of biographies compromised of influential figures as well as a host of didactic materials including photo essays, featured articles, timelines, and various primary sources. Users will be encouraged to seek out primary documents, historical route maps, and a vast collection of images and multimedia spanning the presence of African-Americans in the United States.

To Access Oxford's African American Studies Center please visit

username: blackhistorymonth

password: onlineaccess

French Revolution Digital Archive

The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.

New ERIC Website Released

from ERIC:

We wanted to let you know that the new ERIC website is now live at We encourage you to check it out and email me your feedback directly at

In the new site users can search for keywords, author, and title simultaneously
in the search box or they can use single terms. The way the findings are
displayed is new and was designed to both enhance clarity and to facilitate
narrowing of search results. Additional features and content will be added on an
ongoing basis through October.

Additionally, as ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle, there will be a
delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August
through October. In October, the ERIC team will index any key material not
indexed during the transition period.

Thank you,


Erin Pollard
ERIC Project Officer

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
Institute of Education Sciences
U. S. Department of Education


The AMA's "Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" are now available from the CLOCKSS Archive. The American Medical Association announced on January 23rd that the journals "Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" are no longer available from their journal site and will be accessible through the CLOCKSS Archive.

"Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" were removed from the Highwire platform on August 15, 2011. The CLOCKSS Archives, the AMA's preservation partners, will provide free access to the title and take responsibility for its ongoing long-term preservation.


"The AMA, along with the founding members of the CLOCKSS Archive, agreed early on to make triggered content in CLOCKSS available to the world for free," explains Randy Kiefer, Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive. "That policy sets the CLOCKSS Archive apart, and is a result of the community-based governance by libraries and publishers. The CLOCKSS Archive's digital preservation efforts enable libraries of all sizes to serve future scholars, researchers, and students."

from ARL:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, "This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day."

See the ARL website for more information.

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