In the News: Digital Public Library of America debuts with new leader; OCLC releases statement on withdrawal of Innovative lawsuit; LCA files reply comments with the US Copyright Office; ASME Digital Collection launches on Silverchair platform; NISO revisions of Dublin Core and SUSHI Standards; Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills; and EBSCO and Oxford University Press extended partnership.
Jennifer Howard reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education that “the long-planned Digital Public Library of America is set to make its public debut on schedule next month, with a two-day series of events, to be held April 18-19 at the Boston Public Library, and a new, high-profile leader at the helm. The DPLA announced on Tuesday that Daniel J. Cohen, a leading digital-humanities scholar, will be the project’s founding executive director…”
“Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, has issued the following statement on the withdrawal today of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions:
“We applaud the decision of the new owners of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions and CEO Kim Massana to withdraw the claims against OCLC. We look forward to possible future engagement with Innovative where it benefits libraries. We work with many library service providers to provide greater value at reduced costs to libraries around the world…”
“The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed reply comments (PDF) with the US Copyright Office in response to the office’s October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry (NOI) about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization…”
“ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has announced the launch of the ASME Digital Collection (formerly the ASME Digital Library) on SCM6, an online publishing platform from Silverchair Information Systems. The … platform will provide expanded accessibility and discoverability for ASME’s e-Books, journals and conference proceedings by leveraging the latest in semantic technology and a host of other features and functionality…”
“… NISO announces the publication of maintenance revisions of two widely used standards: The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (ANSI/NISO Z39.85-2012) and The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2013). Both standards were revised to make very minor updates. The Dublin Core standard defines fifteen metadata elements for resource description in a cross-disciplinary information environment and is used as the basis for most metadata standards in use today. The SUSHI Protocol defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data and is required for conformance with the COUNTER Code of Practice…
Both standards are available for free download from the NISO website; Dublin Core at www.niso.org/standards/z39-85-2012 and SUSHI at www.niso.org/standards/z39-93-2013/. Additional information on the use of the Dublin Core standard is available from the DCMI website at www.dublincore.org. SUSHI FAQs, schemas, and implementation information are available at www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi.
Sue Polanka reports in No Shelf Required that a “Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research…
The full results of the survey, along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University, will be unveiled on Thursday, April 11 at the 2013 ACRL Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Registration for the presentation of results is now open at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACRL_Breakfast.
Registration to receive a complimentary copy of the full survey results is now open at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Survey_Results.
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have extended their partnership enabling two additional authoritative resources from OUP, University Press Scholarship Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to be searchable within EBSCO Discovery Service…
University Press Scholarship Online provides more than 10,000 titles in 24 subject areas from 10 leading university presses. Content includes a balance of classic works of scholarship along with newly-published works. The valuable resource also includes book-level and chapter-level records…”
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.