News & Announcements 1/14/15

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News - SUNDAY 51OCLC acquires Sustainable Collection Services; arXiv Hits 1 Million Submissions; ORCID, and NIF partner on Helmsley Trust-supported open annotation project; Digital Publishing Interest Group publishes Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report; Two More Publishers Join CHORUS and Organization Explores Projects With Data Repositories; Stanford University Press Awarded $1.2 Million By Mellon Foundation for the Publishing of Interactive Scholarly Works; ALA joins Canadian Library Association and Toronto iSchool to offer ‘Library Advocacy … MOOC; ACRL publishes “Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change”; CRL’s Primary Source Awards Deadline; and Elsevier Acquires Media Monitoring Company Newsflo.

Library Technology Guides reports that “OCLC has acquired Sustainable Collection Services… SCS services leverage WorldCat data and analytics to show individual libraries and library consortia which titles should be kept locally, which can be discarded, and which are the best candidates for shared collections…”

This press release from Cornell University claims that “It all started with an electronic bulletin board — one computer on one scientist’s desk.

Now, more than two decades later, arXiv is a driving force in scientific communication. It draws in thousands of researchers every day, operating with a permanent staff and a $1M budget. As an open-access service, it allows scientists — from diverse disciplines encompassing physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and more — to share research before it’s formally published. A million papers have now been uploaded to the repository…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Project together with partners at the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) and ORCID has been awarded a 3-year, $2.2M grant by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to bring annotation to biomedicine. Web annotations, a new standard for digital notes on top of an existing online resource, are proving transformative in diverse fields from scholarly publishing to education, open government, and journalism. This project will bring these advances to biomedicine, where they have the potential to make a unique impact…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group Note of DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report.

The Metadata Task Force of the DPUB IG found, through extensive interviews with representatives of various sectors and roles within the publishing ecosystem, that there are numerous pain points for publishers with regard to metadata but that these pain points are largely not due to deficiencies in the Open Web Platform…”

According to InfoDOCKET “the latest newsletter from the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) tells us that IEEE and IOP recently joined the organization.

The newsletter also notes that CHORUS is talking with a number of research data initiatives and projects…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that according to this press release from Stanford “scholars of digital humanities and computational social sciences will soon have an academic publisher offering a validated, peer-reviewed process for their interactive scholarly research projects. Stanford University Press, with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will accelerate the integration of interactive scholarly works, usually revealed as Web sites, and new narratives enriched with digital objects and rich linking, into its publishing portfolio…”

The American Library Association has announced “its partnership with the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” beginning Feb. 1, 2015…

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change” (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White

In a series of scholarly essays, “Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change,” examines how academic libraries assess liaison activities and offers recommendations for documenting the impact of programs and services. Individual chapters address liaison activities relating to collection development; library instruction; research services; engagement and outreach; online, blended and other learning environments, including MOOCs; scholarly communications and information technology; the importance of assessment in the 21st century research library and professional development of liaisons librarians.

The Primary Source Awards are an annual competition designed to recognize and publicize librarians, teachers, and researchers who use or promote use of primary source materials.

The awards are presented annually in three categories:

  • AccessPromoting use of primary source materials.
  • ResearchInnovative use of primary source materials in research projects.
  • Teaching Employing primary source materials in the classroom.
Applications for the next awards are due January 31, 2015.

Library Technology Guides also notes that “Elsevier has acquired Newsflo, a London-based company that helps researchers and academic institutions to measure the wider impact of their work by tracking and analyzing media coverage of their publications and findings…”

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