News & Announcements 10/31/14

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usable knowledge wordle-09-14LYRASIS Selects Participants of the HBCU Library Alliance Photographic Preservation Project; NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports; PW names the 100 best books of 2014; St. Louis Fed Releases New and Improved Free Digital Library; Library of Congress renews agreement with Backstage for large-scale microfilming project; New PCG study shows 23 percent of libraries cover APCs for author submissions to OA journals; “Digital Humanities Go Vogue” at Yale UniversitySpringer signs on as principal sponsor of “Trans-Tasman 3MT”; EBSCO Introduces Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines; and Elsevier enhances Embase to support retrieval of medical device information


InfoDOCKET reports that “LYRASIS and its partners, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), HBCU Library Alliance, Image Permanence Institute (IPI), and University of Delaware (UD) Art Conservation Department, have selected five Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to participate in the third HBCU Preservation Project. The 28-month project, funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, addresses the preservation needs of special photographic and magnetic media collections and enables increased use of this content for instruction and research…”

InfoDocket also notes that “the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports…

The full text for 800,000 of these documents can be downloaded immediately in electronic PDF format without charge. The remaining NTRL reports, most published before 1995, must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as electronic PDF’s or in print for a fee. However, each time a microfiche document is scanned to fulfill such a request, the agency will add the electronic full-text PDF to its online database for subsequent free public download…”

GalleyCat reports that “Publishers Weekly today released its list of the 100 Best Books of 2014, for the first time including three translations among its top 10 books, which were written by Hassam Blasim, Elena Ferrante, Marlon James, Lorrie Moore, Joseph O’Neill, Héctor Tobar, Eula Biss, Leslie Jamison, Lawrence Wright, and Emmanuel Carrère…”

According to this press release “the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has launched a new and improved version of its digital library of economic, financial and banking materials and has also made its content available to a broader audience through inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)…”

According to Library Technology Reports “the Preservation Reformatting Division within the Library of Congress has renewed its agreement with Backstage Library Works ( and is moving forward on an extensive microfilming project. Monographs, serials and other printed works in need of preparation and microfilming will be processed at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Materials are in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Asian and Cyrillic scripts…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “marketing and sales consulting firm Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology, has released the results of a new survey, according to which, academic libraries are getting more involved in the cataloguing and funding of Gold Open Access (OA) publications. Gold Open Access, though generally understood as the freely-accessible, ‘author pays’ model, may actually be covered by sources such as grant funders, employer subsidies or institutional library budgets, the study confirmed…

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the HathiTrust Research Center is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services…”

InfoDOCKET quotes the Yale Daily News that “this fall, Librarian for Digital Humanities Research Peter Leonard and Public Services Librarian Lindsay King released results from an ongoing project that aims to employ data mining tools — algorithms that extract information from digital sources — in the analysis of Vogue magazine’s sprawling digital archives. The project is the first large-scale digital humanities project in periodicals at Yale and will precipitate other “experiments” to explore the potential of technology to answer research questions in the humanities…”

“Springer is proud to be the principal sponsor of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which challenges students pursuing higher education degrees to turn their theses into three minute presentations. The contest provides Springer a way of encouraging early career researchers to develop an ability to communicate their work to non-scientists…”

According to this press release “EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipster, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library.

Flipster provides users easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via their desktops or any mobile device. Flipster allows libraries to give their patrons the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. They can also download magazines to their Android device, iPad or iPad mini via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “Elsevier has announced Embase, which claims to be the world’s most comprehensive biomedical database that enables tracking and retrieval of drug-specific data, has been enhanced to support the retrieval of medical device information. The improvements support comprehensive post-market surveillance and device safety as well as the development of novel devices…”


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