ProPublica Launches Online, Free Service for Searching U.S. Tax Returns of Non-Profits

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, ProPublica“an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest” — has begun an online, free service for searching the U.S. tax returns of over 600,000 non-profit organizations:

ProPublica Launches Online Tool to Search Nonprofit Tax Forms

Please see:
ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to Launch April 18-19, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) — which is intended to lead “the first concrete steps toward” making “the cultural and scientific record available to all” (please see here) — is scheduled to open with a series of “launch” events on April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library.

Please see:

With New Leader, Digital Public Library of America Prepares for Its Debut

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Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics for 2010-2011

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries [map], has published its most recent installment of statistics for 2010-2011 — please see the press release/announcement here.

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“Open Access Spectrum” (OAS) Guide

The final version of an “Open Access (OA) Spectrum” guide

How Open Is It? Open Access Spectrum — OAS: A Guide to Understanding the Core Components of OA

came out last Friday, October 19, 2012 from SPARC [Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition], PLOS [Public Library of Science] and OASPA [Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association] in preparation for Open Access Week {Monday-Friday, October 22-28, 2012}.

This resource aims to indicate the central components of Open Access (OA) – such as reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc — running from “open access” to “restricted access.”

It is also intended to assist authors decide where to publish based on OA- or non-OA publication policies.

In addition, it provides a resource for funding organizations and others to help establish standards as to appropriate levels of OA.

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New Pew Internet & American Life Project Report on How People Learn about Their Local Communities

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has another new report of interest:

How people get local news and information in different communities

Please see here for the report’s overview and accompanying information.

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New Pew Research Center Report: “The Rise of E-Reading”

The Pew Internet & American Life Project of the Pew Research Center has just issued an interesting new report:

The Rise of E-Reading

See here for a summary of the report’s findings, including but not limited to the following:

  • A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
  • The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
  • The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
  • E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
  • In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
  • The availability of e-content is an issue to some.
  • The majority of book readers prefer to buy rather than borrow.
  • Those who own e-book reading devices stand out from other book readers and there are sometimes differences among device owners in their reading habits.
  • Device owners read more often.
  • Device owners are more likely to buy books.

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Online Historical World Maps

Old Maps Online, a gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world, has recently been launched.

See here for descriptions of the online digital map collections that are accessible/searchable, as well a listing of participating contributors.

Last but not least, here is the “Search” link.

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Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

World eBook Fair

The World eBook Fair runs July 4-August 4, 2011.

The fair’s aim is to provide free public access for a month to some 6.5 million eBooks.

Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive are both contributing organizations.

Each will be presenting a number of items in other media during 2011 — such as music, movies, artwork, and dance choreography.

The available collections include reference books and scientific items, as well as approximately 50,000 music entries (on top of 12,000 that debuted last year).

All are welcome to join the World Public Library for an annual membership of US$8.95 per year.

Members can download from a selection of about 2 million PDF eBooks.

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See also: World eBook Fair – 6.5 million ebooks available through August 4th

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.