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National Archives marks 150th anniversary of U.S. Colored Troops; IEEE now provides OA option for all peer-reviewed journals; Texas A&M and University of Texas collaborate on joint library facility; Internet Archive to bring TV news footage to the public; Rowman & Littlefield opens direct-to-consumer ebook store; a new digital supplement from American Libraries; and Serials Solutions Summon Service to Index STAT!Ref® Healthcare E-Resource

National Archives Marks 150th Anniversary of U.S. Colored Troops

Marking the “150th anniversary of its creation, the National Archives announces the completion of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Service Records Digitization Project, in partnership with Fold3. For the first time, this collection – nearly four million images of historic documents with detailed information on former slaves – is available online to anyone, anywhere…”

From May 22 to 31, the digital collection will be free on (All National Archives collections on can always be viewed for free at any National Archives facility nationwide.)

IEEE… announced that all IEEE-owned peer-reviewed journals now offer open-access (OA) publishing options – the latest sign of OA’s growth as it continues to transform the scholarly research publishing industry…  As of June 2012, there were more than 7,600 OA journals published in 117 countries, according to a report from the UK-based Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings…”

“The University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems celebrated the opening of the Joint Library Facility on Friday, May 24, at Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus located west of Bryan, Texas. The dedication begins at 10:30 a.m. with remarks and ribbon cutting led by officials of both university systems, followed by an open house and tour.

The $6.3 million, 18,000-square-foot library facility will house about 1 million books culled from the general and reference collections of the state’s pre-eminent universities and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest public digital libraries, will expand its research library to make readily available hundreds of thousands of U.S. television news programs, with $1 million in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation…”

DigitalBookWorld reports that “publisher Rowman & Littlefield has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce operation selling ebooks on its website, following in the footsteps of few other publishers like Macmillan and F+W Media.  Selling books directly to consumers is an often discussed and seldom executed move within the industry. Publishing observers worried about the dominance of online retailer Amazon call for publishers to set up their own direct sales operations, which could theoretically lessen reliance on third-party retailers like Amazon and others…”

Digital Content: What’s Next, the third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries, is now available.

The supplement, launched May 22, examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers—a topic that has been a priority for ALA.

 Serials Solutions Summon Service to Index STAT!Ref® Healthcare E-Resource

Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is working with Teton Data Systems (TDS) to make the … healthcare e-resource STAT!Ref® discoverable via the Summon service.  Metadata for more than 400 resources in STAT!Ref from a wide variety of respected publishers and societies covering more than 60 healthcare-related disciplines will be indexed in the Summon service.

STAT!Ref includes full-text titles and journals as well as authoritative evidence-based point-of-care resources such as ACP PIER, ACP Medicine, and MedCalc 3000…”




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