News and Announcements 5/24/12

Today’s menu: UCSF has new open-access policy; Queen Victoria’s Journals now online; Espresso Book Machine partners with Brooklyn PL; Credo Reference launches “Amazing Stories” contest; and AASL has a new President-elect.

UCSF Implements Policy to Make Research Papers Freely Accessible to Public

“The UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to reverse decades of practice on the part of medical and scientific journal publishers to restrict access to research results.  The unanimous vote of the faculty senate makes UCSF the largest scientific institution in the nation to adopt an open-access policy and among the first public universities to do so…

The new policy requires UCSF faculty to make each of their articles freely available immediately through an open-access repository, and thus accessible to the public through search engines such as Google Scholar. Articles will be deposited in a UC repository, other national open-access repositories such as the NIH-sponsored PubMed Central, or published as open-access publications. They will then be available to be read, downloaded, mined, or distributed without barriers.”

Queen Victoria’s Journals and other Material goes online

“The complete collection of Queen Victoria’s Journals is now available online. Launched on the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace, the new website is part of a digitisation programme to make historic documents from the Royal Archives widely available for the first time.

The digitisation of 141 volumes of Queen Victoria’s private diaries has been carried out as a partnership between the Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University and the online publisher, ProQuest. They can be accessed at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org…”

Espresso Book Machine® and Brooklyn Public Library Partner to Launch Creative Writing Program for Brooklyn Public Schools

“Brooklyn Public Library and On Demand Books , the owner of the patented Espresso Book Machine®, will launch a pilot program for Here Is Brooklyn at Central Library’s Dweck Center on May 30 at 9:30AM.  Here Is Brooklyn is a creative writing program for Brooklyn schoolchildren.  These students, from Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade, will read aloud from their stories, poems and short non-fiction pieces about growing up in Brooklyn.  Their writings will then be printed and bound by the Espresso Book Machine, and will be available for purchase through Brooklyn Public Library and on the Espresso Book Machine network, beginning May 30.  One book from each class will be donated to its school’s library, and other copies will be placed on Brooklyn Public Library’s shelves for public use…”

 Credo Reference Celebrates ‘True Tales of the Library’ Launches ‘Amazing Stories’ Contest

“In celebration of the forthcoming launch of the new Literati Public, a Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com) solution tailored to fit the needs of Public Libraries and facilitate the telling of their story, company announced that their latest contest is now open and called “Amazing Stories.”

The contest is aimed at eliciting the amazing and true (or mostly true) stories that have happened at libraries across the country. Credo Reference promises to not only give librarians a stage to tell their stories, but to “re-enact those we think have the greatest potential to amuse an audience.” The best stories will be selected as finalists and the winner of first
prize will receive four iPads for their library…

In addition to the prizes to the first and second place winners, select finalists may have their story adapted into an UNSHELVED comic strip (www.unshelved.com).

The contest will culminate with the announcement of the winners at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 22-25. Entries will be accepted at Credo Reference booth #600 until 12:00 Saturday, June 23.

For full details including contest rules and entry instructions [anonymous entries will be accepted], please visit http://corp.credoreference.com/amazing-stories.html

 Gail Dickinson Elected Incoming President of AASL

Gail Dickinson, editor-in-chief of Library Media Connection (LMC) magazine and associate professor of school librarianship at Old Dominion University (VA.), has won the election for incoming president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
AASL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). In line with LMC’s mission, AASL advocates for excellence, collaboration, and development within the library services profession at the elementary and secondary school levels

“Through her AASL committee experience, her teaching at Old Dominion, and her exceptional work as editor-in-chief at LMC, Gail has demonstrated her strong commitment to education and the field of librarianship,” stated Marlene Woo-Lun, Publisher of LMC and Linworth. “This honor, as voted by the AASL membership, is well deserved, and AASL, ALA, and the school library profession will benefit greatly from her leadership.”
Dickinson has played an active role in AASL since her committee membership began in 1993. She is currently the chair of the AASL research and statistics committee as well as a member of the ALA committee on organization. In 2006, Dickinson served as co-chair of the learning standards rewrite task force, the working group responsible for authoring AASL’s learning standards, the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. She is also a program reviewer and serves on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Dickinson is the long-time editor-in-chief of LMC magazine, a Linworth-ABC-CLIO publication and a trusted resource for library media and technology professionals for over 20 years.
“It is such an honor to be elected as president-elect of AASL,” noted Dickinson. “I look forward to meeting and talking with school librarians across the country about what is happening in their school libraries and how AASL can better serve them. There are great things happening in school libraries, and there are great school librarians in all states. It’s a wonderful profession, and I am looking forward to be working as part of this great leadership team.”
Dickinson will serve as president-elect during 2012-2013 under AASL President Susan Ballard.

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