Smithsonian libraries releases courses on iTunes U; Best Practices For Publishing Linked Data published; PALNI is first academic library group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services; New ProQuest Service preserves and enhances discovery of university multimedia collections; Wiley partners with Knode to provide customized research expertise portals; Elsevier unveils new generation SciVal; Gale partners with Career Online High School to deliver high school diploma through public libraries nationwide; and University of Houston selects Ex Libris Discovery Solutions; Kickstarter projects raised $480M in 2013

Smithsonian Logo  - www1.georgetown.edu Smithsonian Libraries Releases Courses on iTunes U

The Smithsonian Libraries has “launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U that focus on topics in early aviation and space history. This release increases exposure of Libraries material and is an innovative way to reach new audiences…

Citing the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Blog, INFOdocket reports that the Government Linked Data Working Group has published a First Public Working Group Note of Best Practices for Publishing Linked Data.  This document sets out a series of best practices designed to facilitate development and delivery of open government data as Linked Open Data. Linked Open Data makes the World Wide Web into a global database, sometimes referred to as the “Web of Data”.

OCLC logo 2According to Library Technology Guides,  The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which provides library automation services to 23 institutions, is the first academic group to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its cloud-based library management system.

WorldShare Management Services is an integrated suite of library management applications—from acquisitions and circulation, to metadata and license management, resource sharing and analytics—designed to simplify and streamline workflows, reduce costs and create new value for libraries and their users…

Library Technology Guides also reports that “libraries and universities with proprietary audio and video collections can now preserve and provide access to these information resources through a new service from ProQuest. ProQuest Video Preservation and Discovery Service is a continuum of services designed to make fully discoverable video and audio content to which the Library has rights. VPDS is a full service offering that includes digital conversion, transcription, metadata creation, and optional hosting and streaming…”

Citing the press release, KnowledgeSpeak reports that Wiley has announced “a new partnership with startup technology company Knode to provide customised research expertise portals to learned societies and other academic organisations worldwide.

Designed to foster innovation and collaboration, Knode’s expertise profiling system compiles a “research signature” for users based on their publication history, patents, clinical trials and grants. The resulting profile forms part of a growing ecosystem of research expertise…”

The Sacramento Business Journal reports that Gale is launching “Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate… Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community…”

ex libris logoEx Libris Group … is pleased to announce that the University of Houston (UH) has selected the Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the SFX® OpenURL link resolver. After defining the library’s long-term requirements and evaluating a number of commercial options, the university library—a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—chose to integrate Primo with its existing systems…”

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter  helped creators raise $480 million during the year from 3 million different backers in 214 countries last year. The company revealed a number of success metrics from 2013 and among the achievements, an emoji translation of Moby Dick, which was funded through Kickstarter, entered the Library of Congress last year…”

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