In the news: Cornell and Columbia Libraries to build a joint technical infrastructure; Boopsie develops mobile app on the Blackboard Mobile Central Platform; the Brill/IFLA Open Access award calls for submissions; Edward Elgar to preserve their econtent with Portico; EBL and Wolper partner to distribute ebooks
Library Technology Guides reports that “the libraries at Columbia University and Cornell University are taking an unprecedented new step in their 2CUL partnership: integrating a major part of their operations. Thanks to a three-year, $350,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two libraries will integrate their technical services departments. These departments purchase and license library materials, such as books, e-books, e-journals, databases and more, and they provide data so that users can find and use those materials…”
Library Technology Guides also notes that “Boopsie for Libraries, the leading mobile solution for universities and libraries worldwide, announced today the availability of the Boopsie mobile app on the Blackboard Mobile Central Platform. Blackboard users will be able to access the extensive library services provided by the Boopsie mobile app from within the Blackboard Mobile Central application, increasing the visibility of library resources and services while retaining Blackboard as the primary portal to all campus information…”
“The IFLA/Brill Open Access award is created to reward initiatives that facilitate and/or promote Open Access Scholarly Monographs in the humanities or social sciences. This is in line with IFLA’s stated position on Open Access, which aims to promote open access across its membership. This is also in line with Brill’s open access policy <http://www.brill.com/open-access-policy>. “Open Access” in the context of this award refers to any structural publication model, where the reader does not have to pay a fee to access the leading version of a monograph and where the content is made available without embargo…”
EBL – Ebook Library and Wolper Information Services today announced an agreement to expand the distribution of EBL’s ebooks to Wolper libraries worldwide.
The inclusion of EBL’s products adds to the extensive portfolio of information products and services offered by Wolper Information Services… Under the agreement, Wolper’s customers, including academic, corporate, medical and research libraries, will have access to EBL’s impressive ebook catalog from hundreds of academic and scholarly publishers. Wolper will offer integrated acquisition workflows for EBL titles, including Demand-driven Acquisition options…”
Portico is pleased to announce that Edward Elgar will preserve its entire collection of e-journals and e-books with Portico… Portico will act as a perpetual access mechanism for both Edward Elgar’s e-journals and e-books.
“A series of new features will be added to Bowker Syndetic Solutions… The new features include enhanced content elements for video games, music, movies, TV shows and journals, as well as a new Syndetics app for patron usage within Facebook…
In early 2013, Syndetic Solutions will make its Facebook application available at no additional cost for all subscribers. The app will enable libraries to provide catalog access within Facebook, connecting the library to the social networks of its users. Library patrons will be able to search for titles, review cover art, summaries, reviews and share or comment on titles they find with their Facebook friends…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.