News and Announcements 3/30/12

Today’s menu: A Big Data R&D grant, the OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on video; the 2012 Harrassowitz Leadership Award; Experts debate FRPAA; another CLOCKSS Archive partnership; and Oxford UP to publish the scholarly journal, Diplomatic History.

Washington to Put $200 Million into Big Data R&D

“The Obama Administration Thursday unveiled a Big Data Research and Development Initiative that will see the six federal agencies and departments put $200 million or more into Big Data R&D.  These new commitments are supposed to improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data.”

Click here to see the official press release.

OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture Video is now available

On Monday, March 26th, Jay Jordan, president and CEO of OCLC, the video of the presentation, “The Web and the new world of bibliography” in the Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For those who were unable to attend the OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science that is sponsored by the School of Information and Library Science, the video is now available. To view the lecture, please go to the SILS Vimeo channel at:  http ://

Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award to Lisa German

“The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Lisa German, associate dean for Collections, Information and Access Services at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, to receive the 2012 Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award.  The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.”

Experts Debate Public Access to Scholarly Research at House Hearing

“A panel of five experts debated the merits of open-access publishing models in front of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee today, weighing the implications of a proposed bill that would require the results of federally funded research to be made publicly available within six months of publication.  The bill in question, dubbed the Federal Research Public Access Act, was introduced last month in the House and Senate…  The hearing was conducted before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.”

CLOCKSS Archive to Preserve American Mathematical Society Epublications

“The CLOCKSS Archive announced a partnership with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to preserve its ejournals and ebooks in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a “trigger event” and ensures an author’s work will be maximally accessible and useful over time…”

Diplomatic History, the Journal of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations to be Published by Oxford University Press

“The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) announced today they have established a partnership with Oxford University Press to publish their scholarly journal, Diplomatic History, starting in 2013.  Diplomatic History regularly examines issues from the colonial period to the present in a global and comparative context and offers a variety of perspectives on economic and strategic issues, as well as those involving gender, culture, ethnicity, and ideology…”  For librarians already subscribing to Diplomatic History, the changeover in 2013 will be seamless, and SHAFR members will begin receiving correspondence from OUP this fall with information about new membership benefits and renewal information.”


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