News You Need to Start the Week

Expanded Access to U.S. Federal Court Opinions; NISO and NFAIS provided new recommended practices; ARL launches a position description bank; a chart comparing ebook pricing from the Douglas County Library; IMLS Director Hildreth signs “Declaration of Learning”; Portland Press adopts Creative Commons Attribution Licence; and an Annotated List of Knowledge Discovery Resources from LLRX.com

 Expanded Access to U.S. Federal Court Opinions

Information Today reports that “a pilot project giving the public free, text-searchable, online access to court opinions now is available to all federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. The Judicial Conference, the policymaking body of the federal court system, approved national implementation of the project with the Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System (FDsys), which provides free access to publications from all three branches of federal government via the internet…”

NISO and NFAIS Publish Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials

“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have published a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (NISO RP-15-2013). Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators. The Supplemental Materials project involved two teams working in tandem: one to address business practices and one to focus on technical issues. This new publication is the combined outcome of the two groups’ work…”

ARL Position Description Bank Launches

… the new ARL Position Description (PD) Bank launched today” providing  library personnel administrators and other interested librarians “position descriptions from participating academic and research libraries, making the PDs browsable and searchable. The ARL PD Bank provides a source for current PDs and also tracks the evolution of positions—and library functions and services—and the varied ways in which institutions organize and define functions…”

InfoDOCKET links to a chart released today by the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado that “provides comparison pricing info for print books (consumer and library pricing) and ebooks (consumers and libraries).

 Director Hildreth Signs “Declaration of Learning”

“IMLS Director Susan Hildreth joined the leaders of several other federal agencies and service organizations in the Ben Franklin Room of the U.S. State Department Wednesday to sign a “Declaration of Learning” statement in a ceremony with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The declaration formalizes an interagency collaboration to digitize the historic artifacts in the collection of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms and to develop classroom resources for teachers and digital learning tools for people of all ages that can be accessed from computers, cell phones, and mobile digital devices…”

“Portland Press Limited, the publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, says that it will invite authors to use the CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence for papers published in its two gold open-access (OA) journals ASN NEURO and Bioscience Reports.

The change in licensing arrangements also applies to papers published under the Opt2Pay (gold OA) option in Portland Press’s  hybrid journals, which include the Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions and Clinical Science…”

ResourceShelf quoting from the LLRX.com post notes that “this Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation is dedicated to the latest and most competent resources for knowledge discovery available over the Internet…  The following selected knowledge discovery resources and sites offer excellent knowledge and information discovery sources to help you accomplish your research goals…”

 

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2 thoughts on “News You Need to Start the Week

  1. The ARL Position Description Bank is not openly accessible. “Access to the ARL PD Bank is currently limited to those individuals identified as the lead for their institution.” Maybe the intent is to make it openly accessible in the future, but in the meantime it is of no use for academic libraries who are not ARL libraries.

  2. Our thanks to Terri for pointing out that the ARL PD Bank is not openly accessible. She is correct. The FAQ file says:

    “Who has access to the ARL PD Bank?
    Registered and approved users from ARL institutions.”

    However, the ARL announcement that we linked to does not mention “registered and approved users” it uses the softer phrase “participating academic and research libraries.” And the introductory paragraph in this same announcement sounds pretty inviting:
    “Would you like to search job descriptions at your peer libraries from a single interface? Could you use a digital archive of job descriptions from your own institution? The new ARL Position Description (PD) Bank—launched today—could be just the tool for you.”

    Terri also raises an interesting question about the future intent of possibly making the ARL Position Description Bank openly available. We will inquiry if such open accessibility is part of an eventual plan and report to our readers.

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