News & Announcements 6/6/12

Gale and Library Journal Name San Diego County Library as the 2012 Library of the Year

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and… Library Journal magazine today announced that San Diego County Library is the 2012 Library of the Year. Each year this prestigious recognition goes to a public library that most profoundly demonstrates service to community, creativity, leadership and innovation in developing community programs, particularly programs that can be emulated by others. In addition to a cash award of $10,000, the San Diego County Library (SDCL) will be featured as the cover story for the June 15 issue of Library Journal and at LibraryJournal.com…”

Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference

This post on LJ’s Digitial Shift website reports on “the June 4 “Libraries and Ebooks” session at the International Digital Publishing Forum 2012 digital book conference, co-located with BookExpo America at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center.

The article points to a number of reasons why publishers should work with libraries.  “The library market needs to be engaged,” LJ group publisher Ian Singer told an audience of publishing executives. “It has money to spend. It has patrons who are committed to using their library—both online and physically—to find more content…”

MLA Shift on CopyrightThis post on Inside Higher ED reports that “literary scholars on Twitter were offering praise Tuesday for an announcement by the Modern Language Association that it is adopting a new author agreement for its journals (including the flagship PMLA) that will leave copyright with authors, enabling them to post versions in open access repositories, or on individual or departmental websites. The reactions included “Fantastic,” “Great open access news,” “very cool and important” and “a watershed [for open access] in the humanities?”…

In this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jennifer Howard discusses a recent report on “two summits on the value of academic libraries organized by the Association of College & Research Libraries, or ACRL…

The report lists five “overarching recommendations for the library profession” that came out of the gatherings. Participants stressed the importance of helping librarians understand and measure how their libraries affect student success, and the need to develop “assessment competencies” to help put effective practices in place. They wanted to see more professional-development opportunities for librarians to learn about assessment practices. They saw a need to expand partnerships with other groups on campus who are also interested in assessment. And they wanted more integration of existing ACRL assessment tools into what librarians are doing at individual institutions.”

Oxford University Press launches roaming support for mobile journals users

“Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce that users of its mobile-optimized journals service can now authorize their mobile devices for offsite access to institutional subscriptions.

While connected to the institution’s network, by choosing ‘Authorize this Device’ on any journal’s mobile homepage, institutional users can connect their mobile device to their institution’s Oxford Journals subscription, thereby granting access to protected content even after stepping out of the institution’s network. Each mobile device must be authorized individually; the level of access granted will be exactly the same as the institution’s subscription; and, once activated, the voucher will provide access to journal content for six months…”

EBSCO Awards Seven Scholarships for Librarians to Attend ALA Annual

“In co-sponsorship with the American Library Association (ALA), EBSCO awarded seven librarians $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim June 21-26, 2012. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to explain how attending the ALA Annual Conference will contribute to their professional development.

The seven scholarship recipients are Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Librarian, University of Maryland, Bethesda, Md.; Yu-Hui Chen, Bibliographer and Outreach Librarian for Education, University at Albany, Albany, N.Y.; Susan K.S. Grigsby, Library Media Specialist, Elkins Pointe Middle School, Roswell, Ga.; Danielle Whren Johnson, Digital Access Librarian, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, Baltimore, Md.; Ann B. Perham, School Librarian, Needham High School, Needham, Mass.; Susan Ridgeway, Teacher Librarian, Wooster City Schools, Wooster, Ohio…”

ABC-CLIO Sponsors Winners of Spencer Tucker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Military History andSociety for Military History Research Grants

Professor Gerhard L. Weinberg has been named the recipient of the Spencer Tucker Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Military History. Concurrently, Michael Geheran and Emily Swafford have been awarded research grants. The Spencer Tucker Award and the research grants are sponsored by ABC-CLIO to advance the discipline of military history.

Professor Weinberg is an internationally recognized authority on Nazi Germany and the origins and course of World War II. A retired Kenan professor of history, he is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on 20th-century European and world history…


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2 thoughts on “News & Announcements 6/6/12

  1. Heather Pisani-Kristl June 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the Library of the Year mention. Do note that the Central Library pictured above is part of the San Diego Public Library system, not San Diego County Library.

  2. Hi Heather, Thanks for catching that! We’ve replaced the mistaken picture with the “2012 Library of the Year” image from the San Diego County Library’s Facebook page. And again, congratulations!

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