Archive | November 2015

WIKIART : Visual Art Encyclopedia

http://www.wikiart.org/

“The project aims to create high-quality, most complete and well-structured online repository of fine art. We hope to make classical art a little more accessible and comprehensible, and also want to provide a new form of interaction between contemporary artists and their audience. In the future we plan to cover the entire history of art — from cave artworks to the new talents of today.

The project is non-profit.

WikiArt filling system is based on the principle of wiki, i.e. free filling and editing the contents of the site by anyone who wants to participate in the project. The quality and reliability of the information will be ensured by consistent moderation of all the updates.”– From the website.

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Constitute

https://www.constituteproject.org/

“The World’s Constitutions, To Read, Search and Compare”–From the website.

Index of Economic Freedom

http://www.heritage.org/index/

The Heritage Foundation in association with the Wall Street Journal offer this index of the state of economic freedom in countries from around the world.  There is an interactive map which allows you to compare countries against one another.

Video ETA

http://videoeta.com/

“VideoETA is the #1 source for release date information for DVD and Blu-ray.”–From the website.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

http://www.360financialliteracy.org/

 

“360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.

The 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy Web site offers general information for managing personal finances and does not recommend specific financial actions. For financial advice tailored to your situation, please contact an expert such as a CPA or a personal financial advisor.”–From the website.

The Library in the Life of the User : Engaging with People where They Live and Learn

http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/2015/oclcresearch-library-in-life-of-user.pdf

This is an OCLC Research Report that provides the results and analysis of user based research done by Lynn Silipigni Connaway and other authors.  This could be very helpful to library staff in deciding how to create services that best meet the needs of their customers.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein

http://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/

Princeton University Press proudly presents The Digital Einstein Papers, an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein’s massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents.

The site presents all 13 volumes published to date by the editors of the Einstein Papers Project, covering the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) from his youth to 1923.

The volumes are presented in the original language version with in-depth English language annotation and other scholarly apparatus. In addition, the reader can toggle to an English language translation of most documents.

By clicking on the unique archival identifier number below each text, readers can access the archival record of each published document at the Einstein Archives Online and in some cases, the digitized manuscript. Approximately 7,000 pages representing 2,900 unique documents have been digitized thus far.

The site will present subsequent volumes in the series roughly two years after original book publication.–From the website.

Documenting the American South

http://docsouth.unc.edu/

Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.–From the website.

Frank Lloyd Wright – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

http://crystalbridges.org/architecture/frank-lloyd-wright/

The Bachman-Wilson house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and was built in 1954 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, has been relocated to the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, and is available for touring at no-charge.

From the website:  “The entire structure was … taken apart and each component was labeled, packed, and loaded into two trucks provided by J.B. Hunt for transportation to the Museum. After its 1,235 mile journey, the Bachman-Wilson House arrived in Northwest Arkansas in April, 2014.”

Census Bureau reports at least 350 Languages spoken in U. S. Homes

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-185.html

“U.S. Census Bureau released a set of new tables today detailing hundreds of languages that U.S. residents speak at home. American Community Survey data on languages spoken at home were previously available for only 39 languages. These tables, based on American Community Survey data collected from 2009 to 2013, expand the languages and language groups tabulated to 350.”–From the Census Bureau News Room.

 

Geographic Mobility : 2015

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-tps99.html

“Historical and detailed tables on Geographical Mobility, a collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey, are now available. These detailed tables describe the movement of people in the United States, including type of move, reason for moving and selected characteristics of those who moved within the last year. The historical tables incorporate data from as far back as 1948.”-From Census Bureau Newsroom.

 

U. S. Federal Register to be digitized

http://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/2394-gpo-to-digitize-two-million-pages-of-the-federal-register

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. Approximately 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. GPO employees will hand pack and inventory every issue. The digitization is expected to be completed in 2016. Currently, digital versions dating from 1994 to the present are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).”–From the FDLP.

OCLC annual report now available

“This year’s report [OCLC Annual Report:   http://www.oclc.org/en-US/annual-report/2015/home.html] highlights breakthroughs made by sharing knowledge, connecting users, delivering value and transforming spaces. Connect with colleagues around the world through videos, photos and stories that highlight their accomplishments.”– From statement by OCLC.

Navigate and search the real world … online or off

“Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population. This is a huge problem, especially as people attempt to navigate and explore the world around them, so Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.”–From the Google Official blog.