News You Need to Start the Week

 Journal’s editorial board resigns in protest; NLM released a new search-based Web service; Open Source Foundation launched; Central Piedmont Community College (NC) selects Sierra, Encore Synergy; European Organizations moves to clarify data curation costs; Canadian Assn. of Research Libraries hails additional allocations; and Elgar Publishing announces the launch of Elgaronline.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “the editor and the entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration have resigned in response to a conflict with the journal’s publisher over an author agreement that they say is “too restrictive and out of step with the expectations of authors.”

The licensing terms set by the publisher, Taylor & Francis Group, were scaring away potential authors, the editor who resigned, Damon Jaggars, told The Chronicle

Some found the terms too confusing, Mr. Jaggars said, while others felt they were too restrictive. Many requested, instead, a form of Creative Commons license, arguing that the journal’s agreement left them little ownership of their own work…”

National Library of Medicine Releases Web Service For Material in Digital Collections Repository

Citing the NLM Tech Bulletin, InfoDOCKET reports that ” the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a search-based Web service that provides access to the metadata and full-text OCR of all resources in the Digital Collections repository in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. The Digital Collections repository includes more than 9,000 digitized monographs, films, and other resources the from NLM collections. Software developers can use this Web service to incorporate the historical resources into their own applications.

Digital Book World reports that a number of digital publishing companies are trying to foster “a common open source platform for digital publishing.  The open source initiative today announced its evolution into a formal consortium of member companies fostering a community of open source projects for digital publishing. Also unveiled today was a new Readium SDK project to develop an EPUB® 3 rendering engine optimized for native apps on tablets and other devices…”

Central Piedmont Community College (NC) Selects Sierra, Encore Synergy

North Carolina’s Central Piedmont Community College has selected the Sierra Services Platform and Encore Synergy. The library is migrating to Sierra from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix.

“The Services Platform model is the new trend and we want to embrace it to stay current,” says Gloria Kelley, Dean of Libraries. “We like that it has open architecture and expect improvements in the traditional ILS indexing over what we have had in the past.”

The Library will also implement Encore Synergy for one-search access of articles and local collections. Says Gena Craig, Systems Librarian, “We think users will respond positively to Encore because it gives a nice balance of articles and books in what is returned. Going back and forth easily between books and articles makes what we have more accessible…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak,  “seven European countries have announced that they are launching 4C (the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation). The aim is to help public and private European organisations invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation, sustaining the long-term value of all types of digital information.

Curation is seen to ensure digital objects remain understandable, accessible, useable and safe over time. 4C will provide practical guidance to help organisations estimate the cost of digital curation work and demonstrate the long and short term benefits…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) will “see an additional $225 million allocated for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) programmes. It is hopeful that this will enable the CFI to develop programming to enhance Canada’s digital research infrastructure, notably so that researchers and innovators can take full advantage of the vast amounts of research data generated every year…”

 Edward Elgar Publishing Announces the Launch of Elgaronline

“Edward Elgar Publishing (“EEP”) is pleased to announce the launch of Elgaronline the … new digital platform for EEP’s books, reference works and journals. Elgaronline has launched with over 2,000 titles, over 40,000 searchable chapters, articles and entries, and is custom-designed to give users full access to the depth and breadth of EEP’s content in one place…”



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