*New ACRL publication: 2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics; *NISO launches new project to develop Recommended Practice for Tracking Link Origins; *IMLS to Award $155.8 Million to States For Library Services During FY 2016; *European Data Portal Ends Beta, What’s New in Version 1.0?; *Library Assessment Conference 2014 Proceedings Now Available Online; *New SSP survey to better understand challenges and needs of early career individuals in the scholarly communication field; *Information prices will outstrip information management budget growth in 2016, says new Outsell report; *United Nations Publications unveils United Nations iLibrary platform; *Searching for Something? Try the New Catalog! and *Declassified CIA and Henry Kissinger records have been released and are available at the National Archives; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources
According to ALA News “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase…” (See also Selected Highlights infoDOCKET )
According to Library Technology Guides “members of the National Standards Organization have approved a new project: the development of a Recommended Practice for Tracking Link Origins in a Networked Information Environment. As libraries strive to improve the ways in which users access their collections, gaining a definitive understanding of where a user began his or her library search before ultimately arriving at library-licensed content is an important factor for library staff in determining the value of a platform and how to allocate resources…”
infoDOCKET reports that “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has “released its Fiscal Year 2016 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $155,789,000. These annual grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States…”
Also according to infoDOCKET “the European Data Portal from the European Commission has been launched in beta last November with 240,000 datasets… This page shares a look at what’s new in the new version. Here are a few of the items listed…”
ARL News reports that “the Proceedings of the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment (PDF) are now available on the conference website.
The fifth biennial Library Assessment Conference, held in Seattle, Washington, brought together 600 participants from 47 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 14 countries outside of North America. The program offered panel, paper, lightning talk, and poster presentations covering all areas of library assessment…”
- New SSP survey to better understand challenges and needs of early career individuals in the scholarly communication field
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Society for Scholarly Publishing is seeks to better understand the challenges and needs of early career individuals in the scholarly communication field” and is inviting “early career professionals (with ten years or less of experience in the industry) to participate in this study by completing a brief survey about their needs and preferences…”
- Information prices will outstrip information management budget growth in 2016, says new Outsell report
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. has announced publication of a new report, 2016 Information Pricing Study. Outsell’s research indicates that planned price increases by content vendors will outstrip flat buyer budgets, leaving information managers with tough decisions, and content sellers with a battle for market share…”
In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “United Nations Publications has announced the launch of the United Nations iLibrary, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations. Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs…”
The National Archives NARAtions notes that if you haven’t visited the National Archives Catalog lately, now’s a great time to stop by! The Catalog is the online public portal to National Archives records and information about our records. We’re excited to announce some big changes that will make it easier to use, more interactive, and an even more valuable research tool…”
- Declassified CIA and Henry Kissinger records have been released and are available at the National Archives.
According to a press release by the National Archive “the CIA announced that it released scanned copies of approximately 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files, and other content through the CIA’s Records Search Tool (CREST), which is located at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Read press release: CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives
Also released this week are scanned copies of approximately 40,000 pages of newly declassified records from the collection of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s Government papers;…”
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- ORCID Reports Security Incident, Some E-Mail Addresses Exposed;
- The London Mathematical Society and Wiley announce new publishing partnership;
- SirsiDynix and CLA partner to streamline HE workflows;
- Strong year-over-year growth for BLUEcloud products;
- Emerald partners with ORCID to support author community;
- Ex Libris Alma and Primo chosen by Southern Adventist University;
- University of Manitoba chooses Zepheira to convert catalogue, collections to linked data;
- Wolters Kluwer releases new enterprise terminology management platform;
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.