ARL joins coalition in urging US Attorney General to release reports on telephone surveillance; Hein and Fastcase announce publishing partnership; Vital Source launches e-textbook building block for Blackboard; CRL adds liberal arts colleges; E-books from Euromoney now available via EBSCO ebooks; CCC adds OCLC integration to Get It Now; and Carnegie Mellon Libraries create digital archive of Jewish news in Pittsburgh since 1895; and an OCLC Research report on sharing special collections.
InfoDOCKET reports that “ARL, along with 22 other good-government groups [including ALA], sent a letter (PDF) to the US Department of Justice urging Attorney General Eric Holder to make public any reports by Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding the collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. If the Office of the Inspector General has not previously conducted a full review of this program, the letter asks it to do so…”
Under the agreement, Hein will provide federal and state case law to HeinOnline subscribers via inline hyperlinks powered by Fastcase. In addition, Fastcase will completely integrate HeinOnline’s extensive law review and historical state statute collection in search results, with full access available to Fastcase subscribers who additionally subscribe to Hein’s law review database.
According to Publisher Weekly “Ingram Content Group announced the general availability of an e-textbook Building Block that integrates its VitalSource Bookshelf platform with Blackboard Learn. The Building Block provides a single sign-on for the two systems and is configured to work directly with Blackboard Mobile Learn on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices…”
According to Center for Research Libraries membership totals have reached 270. This total includes several liberal arts colleges new to the consortium:
The addition of these new members reflects the growing interest among faculty and students at liberal arts colleges in the use of original sources and the kinds of collection materials for which CRL is known.
Other new members include:
Library Technology Guides reports that “an agreement between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Euromoney adds more than 65 business and finance titles to EBSCO’s extensive collection of e-books. Euromoney e-books cover various markets within business and finance and will appeal to a variety of professionals including bankers, lawyers, government officials, treasurers, accountants and fund managers…”
Information Today reports that the “Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)’s academic solution Get It Now will be integrated with OCLC’s interlibrary loan (ILL) fee management service (IFM). Get It Now, which currently has 55 member publishers, will also add five new publishers’ collections: M.E. Sharpe, Human Kinetics, Akadémiai Kiadó, Cognizant Communication Corporation, and World Scientific Publishing Company.
Get It Now is used by more than 175 libraries to immediately retrieve full-text articles from unsubscribed journals via ILL. CCC, OCLC, and Atlas Systems partnered to create a new feature in Get It Now: the ability for libraries to pay for Get It Now purchases using their IFM accounts. ILL lending charges and payments can be paid via OCLC invoices using IFM.
InfoDOCKET also reports that “Carnegie Mellon University Libraries have completed the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, a digital archive documenting daily life in the Pittsburgh Jewish community from 1895 to the present. The full text archive providing an unparalleled look back into more than a century of life in Pittsburgh is fully searchable, free and open to the public at http://ptfs.library.cmu.edu/pjn…”
Tiers for Fears: Sensible, Streamlined Sharing of Special Collections, written by OCLC Research Program Officer Dennis Massie, presents strategies for providing efficient and affordable interlending of actual physical items from special collections for research purposes, as well as advice on determining if a loan is the most appropriate way to fulfill a particular request.
A working group made up of resource sharing supervisors and special collections curators from OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions created a set of tools that will help institutions reconsider and streamline their processes for handling loan requests for special collections materials.