“It has been a long held position by Sunlight and our allies that the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a taxpayer-funded research arm for Congress, should make its reports to the available to the public. But until Congress expands access to this public knowledge, a newly launched resource from Demand Progress, EveryCRSReport.com, will enable the disclosure that our legislators should have enacted years ago. Sunlight’s founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote in 2009 that opening up CRS reports “is an easy transparency reform that boggles the mind as to why it has not yet been done.”The research that CRS conducts and provides to Congress is a valuable resource that, if published online, would empower the public to be more informed about the subjects and the counsel that our representatives receive. We are far from alone in this view.” (via Sunlight Foundation Blog)
“Axiell, the leading vendor to archives, libraries and museums worldwide, as well as the leading Vital Records systems provider in Australasia and Canada, today announces the acquisition of a business division of Gold Systems, Inc., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company. The acquisition further strengthens Axiell’s position in the market for Vital Records, which comprises software systems to help authorities manage births, deaths, marriages and more.” (via )
“The Library of Congress unveiled today a new curated web presentation—”Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989″—that features speeches by some of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period.Most of these select speeches from the Library’s National Press Club Collection have not been heard in their entirety since they were initially delivered. The online presentation spans 35 years and accompanying essays put relevant historical context around the topics discussed by the speakers.” (via Library of Congress)
“The Providence Public Library has added thousands of photographs chronicling Rhode Island’s history to its digital library, making them available to the public for free.The Rhode Island photograph collection features more than 6,500 photographs of people, places and events from across the state from the mid-19th century through the 20th century.” (via (AP)
Taylor & Francis + ReadCube Team up to Enhance Discoverability of T&F Article and Book Collections Across ReadCube Apps!
“We have some very exciting new to share! ReadCube has partnered with Taylor & Francis, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly content, to bring their collection of over four million books, journals, and peer-reviewed articles into ReadCube’s discovery tools and Enhanced PDF library. We’ve already done all the heavy lifting so next time you open your library on any of ReadCube’s web, desktop or mobile apps – all existing T&F articles currently in your library will automatically be updated with features like linked inline references, supplements, figure browsers, metrics and more!” (via ReadCube)