News & Announcements 3/5/14

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Federal library funding cut in proposed budget; Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries; ACRL Seeks Feedback on Draft Framework for Information Literacy; Research Square launches JournalGuide to help find best journal for academic manuscripts; FTRF, ALA file amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court case on First Amendment challenges; SAGE acquires 2 leading science history journals; Kudos announces pilot results, additional clients; and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) Upgrades to Sierra Library Services Platform.

credit_crunch_1 Federal library funding cut in proposed budget

Today, President Barack Obama released his budget request for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget for the Library Services and Technology Act falls $2 million short from the $180.9 million enacted by the U.S. Congress for the 2014 fiscal year. The big hit came to the state program, with slight increases to the set aside for Native Americans and Hawaiians and the National Leadership grants. View a chart on the budget cuts

ACRL is pleased to announce the release of “Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education,” a research report by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane. Kazakoff-Lane (Extension Librarian at the Brandon University John E. Robbins Library in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada) introduces andACRL-for-acrl.ala provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each… The paper is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, have become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education.

Research Square – the U.S.-based, for-benefit organization which provides tools and services to hasten the pace of scientific discovery for the global academic community – has launched JournalGuide, a free tool to help researchers publish faster by choosing the best match for their manuscript from the beginning.

Using a central information hub containing primary data from journals, secondary information from public sources, and perhaps most importantly, the shared experiences of researchers who have previously submitted papers to those journals, JournalGuide helps researchers to quickly evaluate scholarly journals in order to determine which ones reach their intended audience and, therefore, represent the best match for the content of their manuscript.
Read more at http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Research-Square-Launches-JournalGuide-to-Help-Academics-Find-Best-Journal-for-Their-Manuscripts-20140304#iuWkkH7uBYPwV8tc.99

“Research Square – the U.S.-based, for-benefit organization which provides tools and services to hasten the pace of scientific discovery for the global academic community – has launched JournalGuide, a free tool to help researchers publish faster by choosing the best match for their manuscript from the beginning.

Using a central information hub containing primary data from journals, secondary information from public sources, and perhaps most importantly, the shared experiences of researchers who have previously submitted papers to those journals, JournalGuide helps researchers to quickly evaluate scholarly journals in order to determine which ones reach their intended audience and, therefore, represent the best match for the content of their manuscript…”

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Friday joined a broad range of organizations and bookstores in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court (PDF) in a case potentially affecting the right to challenge laws that infringe on the First Amendment prior to their enforcement…

According to Eurekalert “SAGE has acquired  “two new Science History Journals. History of Science and Journal for the History of Astronomy, formerly published by Science History Publications Ltd, will be published by SAGE as of March 2014.

History of Science, edited by Iwan Rhys Morus, Aberystwyth University, is one of the forerunning journals publishing peer reviewed research on the History of Science, medicine and technology. Article topics cover discussions around methodology, Sage logo - www.library.drexel.eduand reviews of the current state of knowledge within the discipline. The Journal for the History of Astronomy, edited by Michael Hoskin, University of Cambridge, is the only journal devoted to the history of astronomy. Its articles focus on fields including the history of mathematics and physics and the use of historical records in the service of astronomy. SAGE will also be hosting the archives of both journals back to Volume 1.

According to this press release, “Kudos, which helps authors and institutions maximize the impact and visibility of their publications, has announced new clients including the American Society for Microbiology, Emerald Group Publishing, Health Affairs, IOP Publishing, Maney Publishing, OECD, Royal Society Publishing, Thieme Publishers and Wiley…

In addition, “the Kudos platform is currently undergoing substantial re-development and will be re-launched in April 2014; any researcher will be able to register for free, to use the site for explaining and sharing any article, though usage data will only be available for articles added by participating publishers…”

According to Green Technology News “Innovative announced today that Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) has upgraded to the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new open-architecture platform will allow them to meet the challenges posed by data and resource-discovery in today’s library and information ecosystem. The largest research library in Ireland, it was previously using the Millennium ILS…”

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