News You Need to Start the Week

by | Jan 7, 2013 | 0 comments

The Bodleian is awarded  £ 1.2 million; Douglas County Libraries partner on an acquisitions dashboard;  Georgia Archives in a perilous transition; The 451 Group Acquires Yankee Group; University of Michigan makes St. Paul’s Ancient Letters available; CLOCKSS adds seven new publishers; and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is now on Twitter and Facebook.

  Bodleian secures half the funds needed to acquire the Personal Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot

“The Bodleian Libraries have been awarded  £ 1.2 million by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) towards  the acquisition of the Personal Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot . The only significant Talbot collection remaining in private hands, this important archive is being sold for £2.2 million and the Bodleian Libraries have until the end of February to raise the remaining funds…”

Sue Polanka’s No Shelf Required reports that Douglas County Libraries in Colorado “are partnering with Impelsys to create an acquisitions dashboard.  This sounds similar to the dashboards available at other vendors, where a publisher can send all title metadata and the DCL collections staff can browse, search, and purchase needed titles.  The product will be available to other libraries after beta testing…”

Citing an Atlanta Journal Constitution article , InfoDOCKET notes that “the Georgia Archives still faces a perilous transition next year with likely new bosses but the same old budget crunch. That outlook comes as the state Legislature must still approve a proposal by Gov. Nathan Deal to cut the archives’ ties to the Secretary of State’s Office and allow the University System of Georgia to take over its management.

We’re fairly nervous,” said Dianne Cannestra, president of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, which has spearheaded lobbying efforts heading into the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 14…”

Information Today reports that  “the 451 Group, the corporate parent of 451 Research and Uptime Institute, announced the acquisition of Yankee Group, a research, data, and advisory firm equipping enterprises to profit in a mobile world, from Alta Communications, a Boston-based private equity firm…”

 University of Michigan Makes St. Paul’s Ancient Letters Available on iPad/iPhone

InfoDOCKET also reports from that “thirty of the rarest, earliest leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul, dating from 180 to 220 AD, have been digitized and turned into an interactive app usable on iPhones and iPads… The new app, prepared by the Digital Media Commons 3-D Lab at U-M, allows users to flip through the letters as they would a book…”

The National Archive reports that “The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum launched its social media efforts today (Jan 3rd) on Twitter and Facebook. This latest online outreach is part of the Presidential Library’s preparations for its 2013 spring opening.

Information on construction milestones, library features, exhibits, opening dates, and hours of operation is available via @GWBLibrary and…”

“The CLOCKSS Archive Is Pleased to Announce the Participation of Seven New Publishers in Its Digital Preservation Archive: Seismological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of America, Geological Society of London, Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de Lisboa (CFUL), Botanical Society of America, Social Behavior and Personality, and IP Publishing Ltd…”


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