Today’s menu: Research Works Act declared dead; Gale librarian superheroes contest; OCLC to build small library websites; Penguin ebooks sales double; ExLibris integrates LOCKSS software; LibQUAL+ 2012 grants; and recent CRL collection news.

Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is Dead

We reported yesterday that  Elsevier had withdrawn its support for the Research Works Act.  Hours later the bill’s co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives declared the legislation dead.

“The bill, HR 3699, would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. In a statement released on Monday morning, the publisher reiterated its opposition to government mandates even as it backed away from the bill. On Monday afternoon, the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican of California, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat of New York, issued a statement of their own saying that they would not push for action on the bill after all.”

Gale Looks to Unmask the Next Librarian Superheroes

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced the launch of the second annual Are You a Librarian Superhero? contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country. Looking to build on the success of last year’s contest, during which over 800 nominations were received, Gale is again calling on everyone – fellow librarians, library patrons, students and school administrators – to nominate a superhero librarian who is making a real difference for their library and community.”

OCLC Innovation Lab Offers to Build Websites for Small Libraries

Information Today reports that “OCLC’s Innovation Lab (, an OCLC Research division, has moved the Website for Small Libraries (WSSL) project from the experimental to the beta test stage. If the service succeeds, the next and final step would be an upgrade to the production stage…  The WSSL service will supply templates that provide basic collection information, authorize users, check material in and out, place holds on material, and provide library contact, location, service descriptions, and event information. You can see sample templates at The service is also optimized for mobile devices accessing the web”

Penguin eBook Sales More than Double During 2011, “Not There Yet” With a Library Business Model

Citing articles from the The Guardian and Publisher’s Weekly, Gary Price at InfoDocket notes that Penguin reported “a massive increase in digital book sales, up 106% year-on-year, with ebooks accounting for 12% of total revenues and 20% in the US market.”  At the same time Penguin’s operating profits grew 5%, or 8% on an underlying basis.  However revenues were down 1%, “although on an underlying basis growth was 1%.” Regarding a workable library  business model “Penguin continues to talk to the ALA and libraries and hopes to work out a business model that is acceptable to all parties, but admitted “we are not there yet.””

Ex Libris Integrates LOCKSS Software With SFX OpenURL Link Resolver

Information Today also reports that the “Ex Libris Group announced the integration of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program software with the SFX OpenURL link resolver… The LOCKSS Program, based at Stanford University Libraries, in partnership with EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, is an international community collaboration that provides libraries with archiving tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and archive their own copies of authorized e-content….”

LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants to Three Libraries for 2012 Survey

“LibQUAL+ has selected three libraries to receive in-kind grants in 2012. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements.”

The 2012 LibQUAL+® grant recipients are: Lincoln University of Missouri, the University of the West Indies, and University of Cyprus.

Recent news from CRL:

  • CRL Expands Online Legal Collections – A partnership between CRL and the Law Library Microform Consortium is digitizing and archiving a significant number of legal publications to support historical research.