Government shutdown impacts library services; Librarians convene for ‘UAE eFada’ Summit in Abu Dhabi; Black Elk Speaks’ Goes Home; French Lawmakers Approve Anti-Amazon Book Bill; EBSCO releases a complimentary version of ERIC during the government shutdown; University of North Alabama selects complete suite of Innovative products; Primo Central Index to cover Russian-language content from BIBCOM; and EBSCO enters ILS partnership with Slovakia’s SVOP
ALA’s District Dispatch reports that the government shutdown “will have a noticeable impact on library services across the country. To name a few:
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is closed and will be unable to disperse grants and funds to libraries as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
- U.S. Census websites and collection surveys will be unavailable until the government is funded.
- The Government Printing Office (GPO) is closed. Gpo.gov will not be updated during the shutdown. Federal Register services will continue in a limited capacity.
- The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers for the duration of the shutdown…”
AMEInfo.com reports that “more than 30 library directors from across the UAE, other GCC countries and Turkey convened for a one-day summit in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways to adopt global best practices in the print and e-resources sector relevant to the region.
Organized jointly by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Springer Science + Business Media, the summit was themed ‘UAE eFada’. Held at the Masdar Institute campus, the summit aimed to build and start a library consortium in the UAE…”
According to Inside HigherED “five years ago, the University of Nebraska Press and many academic publishers were stunned when the State University of New York Press obtained the rights to a book that had been central to Nebraska’s prominence in Native American studies and that had sold more than 1 million copies from 1961 until 2008…
The book was Black Elk Speaks, the autobiography of a Lakota healer who describes pivotal events in Native American history…
Nebraska press officials were elated to announce that Black Elk Speaks — used both by scholars and in classrooms — was coming back. Both SUNY and Nebraska tried for the contract, but the Neihardt Trust this time opted to go back to Nebraska.
BookBusiness citing an article in the Hurriyet Daily News reports that “French lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at supporting small bookstores struggling against giant online retailers such as Amazon. The bill aims to restrict the likes of Amazon from combining free delivery with discounts of up to five percent on books, which is allowed under existing French legislation.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown the government website is unavailable so EBSCO has decided to temporarily open its version of ERIC and make it available at: http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC .
Library Technology Guides reports that the “University of North Alabama’s Collier Library has selected the Sierra Services Platform, Encore discovery application, and the Decision Center collection management solution. Together these products will work in an integrated fashion to manage core library functionality, provide one-search access to key library materials, and create intelligent collection-management reports. The Library is migrating from a Voyager system provided by Ex Libris…”
Library Technology Guides also reports that “Ex Libris Group … has signed an agreement with BIBCOM Central Collector of Libraries, a principal aggregator of Russian scholarly content, to include its extensive collections in the Primo Central Index.
… the Primo Central Index enables users to search hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These resources, which have been harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators and from open-access repositories, include various types of content, such as journal articles, e books, reviews, and legal documents…
- EBSCO Enters ILS Partnership with Slovakia’s SVOP Connecting Mutual Customers with EBSCO Discovery Service
A new ILS partnership between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Slovakia’s SVOP will provide access to EBSCO Discovery Service’s™ (EDS) unified index for mutual customers. The partnership will further expand the quality and amount of content available for SVOP users while adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS…
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.