Elsevier withdraws support for the RWA; a Bloomsbury partnership with Publishers Communication Group; NASIG calls for poster sessions; Portico adds more journals; and the NETSL Techical Services Award for Excellence.

Elsevier withdraws support for Research Works Act

Concerned about the perception that the Research Works Act “seemed inconsistent with Elsevier’s long-standing support for expanding options for free and low-cost public access to scholarly literature,” Elsevier has withdrawn its support of the legislation.  Evidently, a number of Elsevier’s “journal authors, editors and reviewers” have been contacting Elsevier pointing out this inconsistency…   However, Elsevier is still opposed to “government mandates in this area” and continues to… oppose repeated efforts to extend mandates through legislation.”

Bloomsbury Publishing selects Publishers Communication Group to represent Churchill Archive and Drama Online.

Bloomsbury and industry consultancy Publishers Communication Group (PCG) today announce an exclusive sales, marketing and customer service partnership for Bloomsbury’s two newest ventures, the Churchill Archive and Drama Online.  The two digital collections will launch during 2012 under the Bloomsbury Academic imprint of the London-based literary and reference publisher.

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals

“The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals for the 27th North American Serials Interest Group conference in Nashville, Tennessee, June 7-10, 2012. The theme of the conference is “Creating Harmony from Dis-Chord.”  Posters will be on display 9am-5pm on Saturday, June 9th. Presenters must be available to discuss their topics during the afternoon break on this day.”  Check out the NASIG website for more info on the annual conference.

Entomological Society of America to preserve e-journals with Portico

Portico is pleased to announce that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve its eight e-journals. Through this agreement with Portico, ESA ensures that its e-journals will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services

NETSL is seeking nominees for its Award for Excellence in Technical Services to be presented at the NETSL Annual Spring Conference, iLibrary: Digital Futures for Libraries.  The conference is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.  The names of nominees need to be submitted by March 30, 2012.  Details of the conference can be found at http://www.nelib.org/netsl/2012conference