ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014; NISO U.S. Profile Standard of ISO 3166 Country Codes; Brill and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina collaborate in boosting Arabic Digitization; UKB consortium in the Netherlands to move to OCLC WorldShare; Springer shares Altmetric data on SpringerLink; and SAGE launches landmark study into evidence-based analysis of social science impacts.
“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups…”
“NISO Voting Members have approved a new work item to develop a U.S. profile of ISO 3166, Codes for the Representation of Names of Countries and their Subdivisions. A working group is being formed for the project and interested participants are asked to contact NISO. This proposed standard will transition the Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes (GENC) Standard, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2012, from a government standard to a U.S. National Standard…”
According to this press release from Brill “next week,… Brill and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) will conduct a training workshop on digitization of Arabic texts…
The Workshop continues this tradition and will be held in Leiden, bringing together participants from Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia and various European libraries and institutes. The sponsorship of this workshop is an extension to Brill’s rich quest to endorse the publishing of Arabic and Middle Eastern cultural content, which it has done since 1683. Brill has published hundreds of titles featuring the Middle East, Egypt and Islamic Studies, most notably the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Index Islamicus and Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online…”
This move by UKB means that its members, which include university libraries in the Netherlands as well as the National Library, will be able to integrate their metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services into a global network to maximise efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure…”
According to Research Information “Springer has added altmetrics information to every article available on its online platform SpringerLink. The data is provided by Altmetric, which tracks and analyses the online activity around scholarly literature.
According to the companies, the addition of this feature makes the alternative metrics that measure the impact of research more readily available to users by adding it to the abstract page for every article…”
SAGE announced the publication of a… study into evidence-based analysis of social science impacts, The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference. The three year project conducted by the LSE Public Policy Group and sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE), provides an … insight into how social sciences affect us all, how it supports our economy, our society and other areas of our lives…”