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Fifty percent grant now available for Knowledge Unlatched pilot fee; Library forms new partnership With Oregon Library Association ;Peer-reviewed articles from F1000Research now visible on PubMed and PubMed Central; Arizona St. University Students Transform “Retired” Food Trucks into Mobile Libraries; New data and visualizations available on MARC Usage in WorldCat site; OCLC Research work analyzing system-wide print library services and collections documented in new report; UN Women launches first-ever database mapping gender provisions in constitutions worldwide; and Carleton and St. Olaf College Libraries collaborate with Backstage for increased discovery and access.

Knowledged Unlatched - Fifty percent grant now available for Knowledge Unlatched pilot fee

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Jisc has announced that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has agreed to make a grant of up to £550 to universities in England that participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot, from December 11. This grant contribution will be used to reduce the participation fee paid by English libraries by 50 percent.

Knowledge Unlatched is an organisation dedicated to promoting open access for scholarly books. Their model uses the collective purchasing power of the world’s libraries to make academic books freely available to all and they are inviting libraries from around the world to participate in a pilot to trial this new model. Libraries can participate by pledging (a maximum of) £1100 to ‘unlatch’ a collection of 28 humanities and social sciences books…”

“Pacific University Libraries and the Oregon Library Association have entered into a publishing partnership that will expand and enhance access to OLA’s journal, OLA Quarterly, which has been published continuously since 1995.

Under the terms of the partnership, Pacific University Libraries will host OLAQ on the Libraries’ publishing platform and will provide technical and production support for the journal…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Open Access life-sciences journal F1000Research has announced that articles published and peer-reviewed via its novel post-publication peer review model are now visible in PubMed, the largest and most-used biomedical literature database, and PubMed Central (PMC)…”

Citing ASU News, InfoDOCKET reports that while “for many of us, food trucks conjure up images of mouth-watering tacos, burgers and fries. … three enterprising Arizona State University students see food trucks and envision e-readers, computers and books, instead.

Enter BiblioTrucka, a cost-effective new-age mobile library conceived by the student trio to serve primarily low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. The ASU team hatched the idea of converting retired food trucks into libraries on wheels as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America…”

OCLC logo 2OCLC Research is studying utilization rates of MARC tags and subfields in WorldCat and producing tools and reports to ultimately inform decisions about where we go from here with the data that has been encoded using the MARC standard. The MARC Usage in WorldCat website has been updated with October 2013 reports and with two new data visualizations. One visualization depicts every field by format and then by tag in a zoomable starburst diagram, and the other depicts every field first by tag and then by format in a zoomable starburst. Actual numbers can be seen while hovering over the tag.

If you wish to see a report on a particular subfield, please contact Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant. For more information about this project, see the MARC Usage in WorldCat activity page.

Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections brings together the important work that OCLC Research has done for the community in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. This body of work has established an evidence base that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies…

InfoDOCKET also reports that “UN Women today launched a Constitutional Database which for the first time examines constitutions through a gender lens, mapping the principles and rules which guarantee, deny, or protect the rights of women and girls around the world. Expected to be of great use to gender equality and human rights activists and experts, the innovative searchable database, to be updated annually, provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of provisions relevant to women’s rights and gender equality across the world, including comparison of the data across various countries…”

According to Library Technology Guides “the Bridge Consortium (Northfield, MN), which consists of the Libraries at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, is collaborating with Backstage Library Works in database processing as part of the libraries’ initiative to update and maintain their joint catalog. With a view to creating consistency and uniformity within the catalog, the consortium contracted with Backstage for authority control processing and RDA enrichment updates on 1 million authority records and nearly 2 million bibliographic records…”






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