*+-David Hirsch, UCLA’s librarian for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, is on a mission to collect the best printed material from the Arab world.
*+-The European Association of Middle East Librarians are meeting in Algeria this week to discuss high risk projects in Afghanistan, Mali, Iraq and more.
*+-Sherman Alexie again leads the American Library Association’s annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, teachers and others.
*+-Technology is being adapted to glean data from users and consumers in a variety of cultural spaces, from bookshops to libraries to museum shops.
*+-Japan’s Rakuten, parent company of ebookseller Kobo, has purchased US ebook distributor OverDrive, likely blocking Kindle’s further expansion into libraries.
*+-The Guardian breaks down the numbers from this year’s report on the most borrowed books by UK library users, a list topped by titles from James Patterson.
*+-Using advanced language processing Trajectory adds nuanced detail to book metadata, offering analytics for intensity and sentiment, among other qualities.
*+-The CEO of Publishing Technology offers his five predictions for academic publishing in 2015, including porous paywalls and the rise of the SAMPC countries.
*+-What does the future of Library and Information Science look like? What do patrons expect from libraries? This infographic from USC has some answers.
*+-A vigorous program is in place to enhance the literary life of Qatar, including strong investment in the National Library and support for publishers.