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Copyright Clearance Center awards scholarship for academic librarian to attend Charleston Conference; Pew study “Libraries and Society” illustrates expanding roles of U.S. libraries; CRL to purchase eight new collections; Emerald teams with the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative; New CNI Program Plan 2013-2014; and Quebec’s book price fixing law can ruin the book economy.

Copyright clearance center Copyright Clearance Center Awards Scholarship for Academic Librarian to Attend Charleston Conference 

Businesswire notes that the “Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. … named Missy Laytham, Head of Acquisitions, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, winner of its Conference Scholarship Program for Academic Librarians. Laytham received a travel stipend of $1,500 to attend the Charleston Conference

CCC is currently offering the same program for four academic librarians to attend ALA Midwinter January 24-28, 2014 in Philadelphia. Applicants must be full-time, permanent staff academic librarians currently employed by a US-based academic institution of higher education. A full list of requirements can be found here…”

To apply for the scholarship program, librarians should submit a response of up to 300 words to a short question. The application deadline is Dec. 20, 2013. Winners will be notified by Jan. 3, 2014, and scholarship stipends will be issued by Jan. 10. CCC encourages librarians who applied for a Charleston Conference scholarship to resubmit their entries for the ALA Midwinter program…”

ALA News reports that “an overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge that public libraries offer more thanala news - ala.org just books and provide community-tailored programs and services that improve the quality of life, according to “How Americans value public libraries in their communities,” a report released today from the Pew Research Center that examines the role of public libraries in communities…

The report found that 95 percent of Americans agree that libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. At a time when more and more information is moving online and into digital formats, people continue to highly value free access to books and media, assistance from librarians, a safe and welcoming public space, and a range of resources and programs…

According to this press release from AVEDAS they have been acquired by Thomson Reuters…

“We’re joining Thomson Reuters because it will allow us to further invest in innovation and grow our offerings. By combining the flagship CONVERIS research management workflow solution with Thomson Reuters next generation InCites research analytics platform and its gold-standard Web of Science data, we will be able to offer you the most comprehensive solution to streamline your research management workflow and ensure your strategies and decisions are informed by the best insights available…”

“The Center for Research Libraries will purchase eight valuable microform and reprint collections through this year’s Purchase Proposal Program, with a list price value of $125,886. These sets will soon be available through interlibrary loan from CRL…”

CRL New Electronic Resource Offers

CRL is also currently negotiating with The New York Times on terms for academic site licenses to nytimes.com. CRL has posted a renewed offer for The Churchill Archives (left), and deadlines are approaching for a number of e-resources offers, including nine databases from Gale Cengage. All offers and reviews are listed in eDesiderata, a platform developed by CRL for sharing information and tracking the status of e-resources available through CRL.

In 2011, Emerald Group Publishing set up an informal arrangement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative (GL). GL aims to provide public access to information through computers in public libraries. Under this arrangement, Emerald publishes the findings of the Global Libraries initiative on Impact Planning and Assessment (IPA) and makes them freely accessible nine months post official publication. Global Libraries initiative (GL) are now hosting easy to read summaries of the eleven articles published in Emerald’s journalPerformance Measurement and Metrics (PMM) 13.1. The summaries, dedicated to IPA, can also be used as a teaching resource and have been published for the benefit of information professionals and practitioners around the world.

Five of the summaries and a glossary of IPA acronyms are now available on the Web Junction website and willalso be hosted on a selection of the PMM 13.1 authors’ websites – further details at Impact Planning Assessment Worldwide

The Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, Clifford Lynch reports that “at the CNI Fall Member Meeting earlier this week in Washington DC we released the new CNI 2013-2014 Program Plan, surveying areas that we intend for focus on during this program year. The Program Plan is now online as well at http://www.cni.org/program/current-program-plan/2013-2014/.  We will be mailing printed copies to our member representatives as well.

Presentations and video from the Fall 2013 meeting will be available soon; we’ll make announcements here as these materials are ready.”

Book Business reports that “the government of Quebec has gone forward with a law that was months in the making, putting a restriction on book pricing. Retailers can not discount a book more than ten percent now, and that restriction applies to both print and ebooks. However, despite the celebration of the news from booksellers and publishers, there are several problems with the measure…”


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