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Blog posts from October 2013

Done in WordPress: Scholarly Publishing @ MIT Libraries

Submitted by Amanda L. Goodman on October 18, 2013 - 11:13am

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of posts profiling library websites developed on the WordPress platform, excerpted from The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries, a forthcoming LITA Guide to be published in December.


At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries, WordPress has been used to create an informational hub on open access Scholarly Publishing @ MIT Libraries. Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project, describes open-access literature as being free and accessible by anyone who has access to the Internet. Suber also writes that open-access literature may be collected in repositories for all content that is produced by that institution or be part of peer reviewed journals. MIT’s Scholarly Publishing website was built to assist faculty and “researchers who have questions about their options and rights in the world of scholarly publishing.” Read More »

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Explaining Web Service APIs with Library Examples

Submitted by Jason Paul Michel on October 10, 2013 - 9:50am

Editor's Note: Jason Paul Michel is teaching the ALA Editions ecourse Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML , which starts October 15. This post is adapted from his book on the topic, a PDF version of which is included with the ecourse.

Libraries have lost the battle. The web is now, and has been for a while, where people go to find information.

But that is a vague statement. Imagine the web as a huge, vast cityscape. Most of this city consists of sparsely populated back alleys and warrens, while standing at the center are a few heavily populated monoliths: Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Flickr, and a few others. These are the places people go to find information. Read More »

eContent Quarterly Issue 1: Partnering for Sustainable Collections and More

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 1, 2013 - 2:51pm


ALA TechSource has published its first "official" issue of eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. During the summer, we published the preview issue, still available for download in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Now we’re ready to take your subscription order and deliver Vol. 1, No.1. Regularly priced at $150, one-year subscriptions are now $99 with this coupon code: SECQ13. Read More »