News & Announcements 6/26/12

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Today’s menu: OCLC innovative librarian awards; EBSCO partners with  other major players; Author Guild chimes in on DOJ’s eBook price fixing lawsuit; CRL welcomes four new members; Sage Knowledge platform launches; Elsevier published a new journal; and Ex Libris Primo is selected by the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO)

Innovative librarians receive awards sponsored by OCLC

OCLC announces the following 2012 awards that recognize innovation and creativity in the global library community. The recipients were acknowledged June 25th during the OCLC President’s Luncheon at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition being held in Anaheim, California, USA.

  • OCLC/LITA Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology
    Eugene D. Hsue, University of Pittsburgh
  • Margaret Mann Citation
    Jane Greenberg, Professor and Director, SILS Metadata Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • John Ames Humphry/OCLC Forest Press Award for International Librarianship
    Jane Kinney Meyers, Founder and President, Lubuto Library Project
  • American Library Association’s Melvil Dewey Medal
    Beverly P. Lynch, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Virginia Boucher—OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian
    Cyril Oberlander, Interim Director, Milne Library, State University of New York, Geneseo
  • Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology
    G. Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University

EBSCO announces a number of partnership agreements

Library Technology Guides reports that EBSCO recently announced partnership agreements with three other major players in the library market: SirsiDynix, Innovative Interfaces and OCLC. 

“A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing and SirsiDynix will provide mutual customers with easier access to the databases, e-journals and other e-content end users are looking for. EBSCO and SirsiDynix will work together to allow EBSCO Discovery Service to be seamlessly integrated into SirsiDynix’s eResource Central solution…”

At the same time, EBSCO has expanded their collaboration with Innovative Interfaces.   “The companies have agreed to joint development that will enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service Innovative’s Encore discovery platform in addition to facilitating access between EDS and Innovative’s Millennium ILS and Sierra Services Platform.”

The new agreement with OCLC will “make EBSCO Discovery Service interoperable with the OCLC WorldShare Management Service, enabling libraries to use EDS as their discovery layer and WorldShare Management Services as their library management system…”

Authors Guild Catalogs Amazon’s ‘Baldly Anticompetitive Practices’

According to this report in GALLEYCAT  “Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken has sent the Department of Justice a lengthy attack on Amazon’s “baldly anticompetitive practices,” the Guild’s official response to the DOJ’s eBook price fixing lawsuit.  The Guild’s letter argued that Amazon’s “approach to destroying competition is sophisticated, data-driven, and endlessly creative …”

Four New Members Join CRL

According to this news announcement from CRL they “will begin fiscal year 2012-13 with a historic high membership of 267 institutions. This includes the following new members:

SAGE Releases SAGE Knowledge Platform for Ebook Delivery

According to Information Today SAGE has launched the SAGE Knowledge online library.  “With more than 2,500 titles, SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including encyclopedias, handbooks, advanced textbooks, scholarly monographs, and professional development titles. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of … SAGE book and reference content from one source. SAGE Knowledge also includes selected works from Corwin and CQ Press…”

Elsevier launches new journal – International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

As reported in PR NewsWire and other sources,  “Elsevier… is pleased to announce the launch of a new quarterly journal, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.  The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction is affiliated with the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos and will be launched officially at the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos, Switzerland, August 26-30, 2012.”

According to the press release, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction will publish “fundamental and applied research, critical reviews, policy papers and case studies addressing these issues at all geographical scales, and from a multidisciplinary perspective”  that aims to meet the “great demand for an improved understanding, assessment and management of disasters and risks that affect human safety, health, the environment, critical infrastructures, the economy and society at large…”

RERO Consortium in Switzerland Selects Ex Libris Primo

“Ex Libris Group… is pleased to announce that the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO) has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. The network includes the universities of Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne, and Neuchâtel; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland; and four colleges of education. Primo will complement the network’s current Ex Libris solutions—the SFX OpenURL link resolver and the MetaLib federated search system.”





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