News & Announcements 8/20/14

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Printin - IMAGEN_1CHORUS-Portico Agreement Supports Preservation Requirements of U.S. Federal OSTP Policy; Standards for Distance Learning Library Services Draft Revision; COAR joins global coalition calling on STM Association to withdraw new model licenses; Library Futures and Trends: First Ever “Horizon Report For Libraries” Released by New Media Consortium; Delaware Passes Law Which Makes eBooks and Other Digital Content Inheritable; Lehigh University Launches New Open-Source Library Environment; Wolters Kluwer Health announces impact factor gains…; Managing Research and Authoring Is Now Seamless with Google Docs Add-on for ProQuest Flow™;  and Springer announces new impact factors for its journals.


The not-for-profit digital archive Portico and CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) have entered into an agreement to support the preservation requirements of the policy memorandum released in February 2013 by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)…

The Distance Learning Section (DLS) Standards Committee has prepared a draft revision of the 2008 Standards for Distance Learning Library Services and is seeking comments before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval. The draft of the standard is available on the section website. Please submit comments through the website or directly to DLS Standards Committee Chair Harvey Gover ( no later than November 1, 2014.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that the “Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), along with numerous other organisations, is a signatory to a letter calling on the STM Association to withdraw their model licences for open access. According to COAR, these licenses just serve to further confuse users about what they can do with articles by introducing a whole new set of access and re-use conditions for content. The organisation is calling on publishers to use Creative Commons licenses, which are already well-established and well-recognized by the community.

InfoDOCKET reports that “the first ever NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition was released today at the IFLA 80th General Conference and Assembly (WLIC) in Lyon, France by the New Media Consortium (NMC).

The report focuses on what’s ahead for academic and research libraries…”

LawNoting that the “clause in the TOS for the Kindle Store and many other digital content stores … says that the content is licensed to you and is nontransferable,” Digital Reader reports that “the state of Delaware just negated that clause (in part).

Last week Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act”, giving heirs and the executors to estates the same rights over digital content which they would have over physical property…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Lehigh University has launched the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE), the first university in the nation to implement the open-source, community-based library management system.

Kuali OLE software was created through a partnership of the Mellon Foundation and ten of the nation’s leading university libraries who brought their respective library professionals together to build a “best practices” integrated library system, designed by higher education librarians for higher education libraries…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Wolters Kluwer Health, … has announced impact factor gains across its prestigious Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) journal portfolio and Medknow open access portfolio with the release of the latest Impact Factor (IF) scores and specialty rankings, based on the 2013 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), (Thomson Reuters)…”

According to this press release “ProQuest Flow™, a cloud-based research management solution, has released an add-on to interoperate with Google Docs. The new add-on expands the collaborative writing capabilities of Google Docs by integrating the document management tools of Flow during the authoring phase of research. As a result, researchers can find, share and annotate documents in the cloud, then author as a team in a common virtual workspace, supported by automated citations and bibliographies. The free add-on is available in the Google Add-on Store…”

According to Library Technology Guides “following the release of the Thompson Reuters Journal Citation Reports for 2013, Springer announced that 26 of its journals have received a first-time impact factor (IF). That brings the total number of Springer journals listed in the report – including many that are published on behalf of the company’s society partners –to 1,570.

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