News & Announcements 4/4/13

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Digital Public Library of America launches this month; California Digital Library migrate elinks to Ex Libris Cloud; Project MUSE partners with HighWire; Magazine launches outpace closures in First Quarter of 2013; March issue of Information Technology and Libraries now available; EBSCO awards seven scholarships to ALA; and a whitepaper on the current state of formats and platforms

 Digital Public Library of America Launches this Month

The Digital Public Library of America, which will be officially launched April 18, “is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans–and eventually to everyone in the world–online and free of charge,” wrote Robert Darnton, Harvard University Library director and DPLA steering committee member, in a lengthy New York Review of Books essay that attempts to answer in detail a question he poses at the outset: “How is that possible?”

Citing the California Digital Library, InfoDOCKET reports that “after more than a decade of hosting the Ex Libris SFX software that runs UC-eLinks, the CDL is joining a growing number of SFX customers by moving UC-eLinks hosting from CDL to the Ex Libris Cloud. The migration process will take several months and is beginning this month…”

“The Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) has reached an agreement with Stanford University’s HighWire Press to transition to the HighWire Open Platform as the new digital hosting and delivery platform for Project MUSE…”

“In the first quarter of 2013, 27 magazines launched and nine magazines closed, according to—the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications.

The new magazine launches included Glam Belleza Latina, The Veil, Cruising Outpost, Politico Pro Magazine, and NSWF, representing the categories of Ethnic/Women, Bridal, Boating, Politics, and News.  Among the nine magazines that closed were Garden Design, Coin Prices, and The Phoenix…”

The March 2013 (Vol 32 No 1, 2013) issue of Information Technology and Libraries is now available online.


 EBSCO Awards Seven Scholarships for Librarians to Attend 2013 ALA Annual Meeting

“In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO has awarded seven librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago, June 27– July 2, 2013. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic of how attending the conference will contribute to the librarians’ professional development…”

Joe Wikert reports in his blog that “SPi Global released a free whitepaper this week that covers the current state of formats and platforms. It’s called Demystifying the King: Making Content Available to All and you can download it here

If you’re looking for a quick overview on what’s going on in the world of formats and platforms you should download this whitepaper. It also has several other interesting stats on where the market is today as well as where we might be heading.”

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