A Wikipedia blackout; free access to JSTOR; a milestone for the HathiTrust; a new spring collection from Readex; and grants by the Elsevier Foundation.
“Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia where users contribute and edit entries, will shut the English version of its website for 24 hours tomorrow to oppose proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation. The move is a protest against pending legislation including the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, bill, according to a statement by Wikimedia Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the encyclopedia.” The statement is posted by the Wikipedia Foundation under the title Press releases/English Wikipedia to go dark
According to Jennifer Howard with the Chronicle of Higher Education “it’s about to get a little easier … for users without subscriptions to tap JSTOR’s enormous digital archive of journal articles.” Interested readers can register “for a free “MyJSTOR” account, which will create a virtual shelf on which to store the desired articles.” Of course there are a few caveats. “Users won’t be able to download the articles; they will be able to access only three at a time, and there will be a minimum viewing time frame of 14 days per article.” This new service is in beta test. Check out the article for more details.
According to the Digital Shelf, the HathiTrust Digital Library started the year by announcing that they had “exceeded 10 million volumes in its collection… More than 2.7 million of these volumes are in the public domain, with viewing and downloading options available online…”
“A digital edition of Afro-Americana, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia will be introduced in late Spring 2012 by Readex, a division of NewsBank. Created from the Library Company’s … collection—an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and has steadily increased throughout its entire history—this … new online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 wide-ranging printed works about African American history.”
Last week the Elsevier Foundation announced “the 2011 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars award programs. In total, $650,000 has been committed to nine institutions around the world in addition to seven ongoing multiyear grants and the Nurse Faculty program.