January 2014

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OdiloConsortia to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project

21 Jan 14:   OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant. OdiloTID will work with grant partners CLiC and Douglas County Libraries to integrate with the Open Source Discovery Layer, VuFind and the Open Source ILS Koha.   

Brill becomes first to sign an agreement with French national licensing project ISTEX

21 Jan 14:   Academic publisher Brill is the first to sign an agreement with the French national licensing project ISTEX, making key academic electronic resources available to the French research community.   

Serials Solutions is now called ProQuest

21 Jan 14:   Products and services from ProQuest's Seattle-based technologies business unit will now carry the ProQuest® brand as the name "Serials Solutions" is retired. The change takes place immediately and customers will see the ProQuest name on business cards, email addresses, product information and in connection with products such as the Summon® discovery service and the new Intota™ library management service.   

High Plains Library District (CO) selects Sierra Services Platform

17 Jan 14:   High Plains Library District, Greeley, CO has selected the Sierra Services Platform, Encore discovery solution, and Decision Center collection management tool. They are migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.  

Congress Advances Public Access Mandate for Federal Research

17 Jan 14:   With passage of the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Congress has advanced a 2013 Presidential directive requiring public access to taxpayer funded research. The bill mandates that federal agencies with annual research budgets of $100 million or more under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments offer online public access to articles resulting from federally funded research no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  

Tech Logic to Install Innovative Automated Material Handling Systems in Hennepin County Libraries

15 Jan 14:   Tech Logic is installing two large Automated Material Handling (AMH) systems at both the Minneapolis Central Library and Ridgedale Library in Hennepin County.  

Library Copyright Alliance submits comments on copyright reform to Commerce Department

13 Jan 14:   On January 8, the Library Copyright Alliance submitted additional comments on the US Department of Commerce “green paper,” Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (PDF), following a public meeting held by the Commerce Department in December. The post-meeting comments focus on four issues: the recent fair use court decision in the case Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens, digital preservation, remixes, and collective rights organisations.   

NISO seeks comments on the draft recommended practice Open Access Metadata and Indicators

7 Jan 14:   The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Open Access Metadata and Indicators (NISO RP-22-201x). Launched in January 2013, the NISO Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group was chartered to develop protocols and mechanisms for transmitting the access status of scholarly works, specifically to indicate whether a specific work is openly accessible and what re-use rights might be available.   

International Group discusses copyright exceptions for libraries and archives

7 Jan 14:   The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) met in December for five days of discussion of copyright protections for broadcasting, exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, and for education. GRULAC (Latin America and Caribbean countries) and the African Group were key supporters of a legally binding instrument on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives while developed countries, like the EU and Central Eastern European and Baltic States, expressed strong opposition to focus on this area.   

OCLC partners with Novelry to connect readers with libraries

23 Dec 13:   OCLC has added the newly launched book search engine Novelry to its growing list of WorldCat.org traffic partners in the US.   

Arizona University Library Consortium joins Alexander Street’s pilot program for evidence-based acquisition of video resources

23 Dec 13:   The Arizona University Library Consortium has become the first library group in North America to join Alexander Street's pilot program for evidence-based acquisition (EBA) of video resources.   

Editor's Choice

This report "found that 70 percent of Americans read print books last year, but only four percent read exclusively e-books. According to the survey, conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, the average adult read five books in 2013."

Editor's Choice

"Here’s something you probably didn’t know: The recent ruling striking down network neutrality doesn’t just affect websites and internet service providers — it affects libraries, too."