*Senate Passes 10 Year Term for Librarian of Congress; *U.S. Copyright Office Will Publish Final Rule on DMCA Exemptions Tomorrow, Full Text Copy Available Now; *Leaders in Business, Congress, Science Urge Renewed Committment to Research via “Innovation Imperative”; *University of Iowa Libraries Opens Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio; *Apply for the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Tech Education; *Wellcome Trust launches new strategic framework focussed on advancing best ideas in science and research; *The CCDC celebrates 800,000th structure in the Cambridge Structural Database; *Springer Nature and UNSILO release pioneering new interactive Related Content service on SpringerLink; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
Digital Shift reports that “as President Obama ponders his choice for the next Librarian of Congress, the first time in nearly three decades that such a nomination will be necessary, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill to put a 10-year term on the position. If passed by the House and signed by the president, the bill will strip the job of the lifetime tenure it has carried since 1802…”
- U.S. Copyright Office Will Publish Final Rule on DMCA Exemptions Tomorrow, Full Text Copy Available Now
According to infoDOCKET “a full text copy (pre-pub version; 81 pages) that was just made available of the final rule that what will be formally published tomorrow (October 28, 2015) in the Federal Register.
Formal Title: Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies; Exemptions
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- Leaders in Business, Congress, Science Urge Renewed Committment to Research via “Innovation Imperative”
ARL News reports that “… on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at a public symposium on Capitol Hill … Norman Augustine, retired CEO of Lockheed Martin; Jeannette M. Wing, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research; Roger M. Perlmutter, executive vice president of Merck & Co. and president of Merck Research Labs; and John D. Evans, vice president of International Science and Technology for Lockheed Martin, all took up the call to action to compel the federal government to return to consistent, sustainable funding for basic research, and recommit to restoring the United States as a leader in innovation…
infoDOCKET also reports that “the University of Iowa Libraries has launched the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, a new unit serving faculty, student, and community scholars with an expert staff and access to a range of digital tools and platforms.
A centrally funded campus resource, the Studio also houses the Studio Scholars Program, a faculty research group dedicated to the development of both large- and small-scale faculty projects related to Digital Humanities (DH) efforts in the arts and humanities…”
According to ALAnews “nominations are being accepted for the 2016 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution for outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology within the field of library and information technology. Sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and Library Hi Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000 stipend provided by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publishers of Library Hi Tech…”
- Wellcome Trust launches new strategic framework focussed on advancing best ideas in science and research
According to KnowledgeSpeak “The Wellcome Trust aims to invest £5 billion over the next five years to improve health, as it launches a new strategic framework focussed on advancing the best ideas in science and research, seizing opportunities as they arise. This marks another step forward for Wellcome, which has invested £6 billion over the last ten years and £11 billion since it began in 1936…”
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) has announced that the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) has passed the milestone of 800,000 expert-curated experimental crystal structures with the addition of a novel metal-organic paddle-wheel structure from researchers in Spain. The CSD is the world’s only comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge base of crystal structure data…”
- Springer Nature and UNSILO release pioneering new interactive Related Content service on SpringerLink
According to Library Technology Guides “Springer Nature announces the launch of an interactive Related Content service on the SpringerLink platform. The service will make it faster and easier for researchers to discover relevant scientific content and is powered by UNSILO, a Semantic Discovery Engine that captures trending ideas and novel scientific concepts as they emerge. The new interactive Related Content service allows users to filter similar Springer documents by concepts they are interested in. Users can also visually explore documents that describe similar concepts using the new interactive Relationship Map…
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- IMLS Fosters Extension of STEM Programs’ Reach
- World Leading Archive on Holocaust and Nazi Era choose Soutron for combined library and archive management solution
- WorldCat Discovery supports direct linking to databases, multiple instructors for course reserves and temporary shelving locations
- McGraw-Hill Education launches Case Files Collection on AccessMedicine
- Oxford University Press includes first licensed-in content from academic publishers in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
- Portico’s E-Journal Preservation Service Now Providing Access to Science Foundation in China Published by Institute of Physics Publishing
- Poland Challenges EU’s Decision on VAT on E-books
- NWO and Brill join forces in research on handwriting and image recognition
- Cengage Learning to highlight expanded institutional offerings at EDUCAUSE 2015
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.