Monthly Archives: April 2014

77,000 images of tapestries and Italian monuments join the open content program

(23 April 2014) The Getty Research Institute has just added more than 77,000 high-resolution images to the Open Content Program from two of its most often-used collections. The largest part of the new open content release – more than 72,000 photographs – comes from the collection Foto Arte Minore: Max Hutzel photographs of art and […]

April 23, 2014 5:03 pm

White House releases Memorandum on Scientific Collections

(18 April 2014) On 20 March 2014, the US Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John P. Holdren, released a memorandum on “Improving the Management of and Access to Scientific Collections” (PDF). In the memo, OSTP directs:  each Federal agency that owns, maintains, or otherwise financially supports permanent […]

April 23, 2014 4:53 pm

Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung to Receive Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award

(16 April 2014, New York, NY)  Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, who has played a leading role in keeping books and literary life alive in Myanmar under an authoritarian regime, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the “Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award.” The award is given annually by the Association of American […]

April 23, 2014 4:44 pm

Elsevier embraces EPUB3 format

(22 April 2014) Elsevier will move its new eBooks to EPUB3, becoming the first major STM publisher to commit to the latest, most advanced eBook format available. By moving to EPUB3, Elsevier’s eBooks will be able to take advantage of the format’s ability to provide multi-media and interactive experiences within eBooks. Elsevier currently publishes more […]

April 23, 2014 4:23 pm

Elending Landscape Report 2014 released

(14 April 2014)  ALIA has released the Elending Landscape Report 2014 which identifies worldwide public library initiatives to secure eBooks for borrowers. The report—prepared by Brussels-based Civic Agenda—is intended to help identify practical eLending solutions for Australian public libraries. The announcement is here.

April 19, 2014 3:10 pm

Library Systems Report 2014

(15 April 2014)  Marshall Breeding’s 2014 Library Systems Report has been published. As usual it is full of facts, numbers and analysis of the library automation industry. Catch up with the details here.

April 19, 2014 2:49 pm

HathiTrust award goes to New Zealand

(11 March 2014) The HathiTrust Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 4 prototyping project awards, granted as part of the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and directed by J. Stephen Downie (PI), Tim Cole (co-PI), and Beth Plale (co-PI).  Each project will receive […]

April 19, 2014 2:40 pm

British Academy report offers new evidence about the impact of Open Access journal publishing

 (17 April 2014)  A new British Academy report offers the first full evidence-based analysis of the impact of UK Open Access policies on the current pattern of humanities and social science journal publishing. The report, Open Access journals in Humanities and Social Science, investigates some of the major issues involved in the UK’s Open Access […]

April 19, 2014 2:14 pm

Citation and reference list formatting tool from Swinburne University

(17 April 2014) Whether its Swinburne Harvard style or APA 6th Ed., Swinburne University Library has developed a tool which provides provides the correct formatting for in-text citations and for reference lists including APA 6th ed. and Swinburne Harvard Style. Read about it here.

April 17, 2014 4:27 pm

Watershed Map of India added to Stanford Digital Repository

In February and March 2014, approximately 357,000 new files representing over 14,000 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include, but are not limited to, items from the Watershed Map of India, the People’s Computer Company, and Revs Digital Library. The Watershed Map of India contains over 130 shapefiles representing basin […]

April 17, 2014 4:16 pm

Becoming a data librarian – everything you wanted to know

This webinar, “Becoming a data librarian – everything you wanted to know …” on 13 May 2014, 12.00am to 1.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, acknowledges that for many librarians, data management is likely to become a component of their role. So, what do these roles involve? What challenges and opportunities does data management offer librarians? […]

April 17, 2014 3:47 pm

The ALA guide to researching modern China

(15 April 2014, Chicago) As China has evolved into an economic superpower, interest in its culture and current place in the world has skyrocketed; China Studies are now taught in almost every college or university in the U.S., as well as in many junior high and high schools. Covering modern China, not just Chinese culture […]

April 17, 2014 3:24 pm

Basic American Sign Language for library staff

(15 April 2014, Chicago) ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on 2 June 2014. American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals.  A basic grasp of ASL enhances your […]

April 17, 2014 3:14 pm

NLM and Wellcome Library to make 150 years of biomedical journals freely available online

(10 April 2014) Representatives of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Wellcome Trust recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make thousands of complete back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available online. The terms of the MOU include a donation of GBP750,000 (USD1.2 million) to the NLM that […]

April 17, 2014 2:48 pm

Elsevier and Kazakhstan sign national license agreement

(14 April 2014, Almaty, Kazakhstan)  Elsevier has signed a license agreement with the National Center for Scientific and Technical Information (NCSTI) to make key Elsevier resources available to the entire Kazakhstani research community. The agreement, signed on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Education, provides more than 400 Kazakhstani academic and research institutions with […]

April 17, 2014 2:39 pm