News & Announcements 11/1/14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAALA and ARL oppose eBook accessibility waiver petition; Freedom of Information requests reveal payments to main journal publishers by universities have soared; Wiley makes 2014 Nobel Laureates work free to access until end of the year; Manuscripts From the Vatican Library Are Free Online; Gonzalez Reports on Fiscal Year 2014 Year End Budget; Columbia University: Beta Release of New Digital Library Collections Website Goes Live; IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs; and DynaMed™ Adds 61 Recently Released Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations.


No Shelf Required reports that “ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members of the coalition, and they argue that they do not have to make their e-readers’ Advanced Communications Services (ACS) accessible to people with print disabilities…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “the amount paid by UK universities to subscribe to journals from some large publishers has risen by almost 50 per cent since 2010, new data suggest.

The finding is based on freelance requests under the Freedom of Information Act to more than 100 universities by Ben Meghreblian, an independent researcher, and Stuart Lawson, a research analyst at Jisc Collections. The researchers asked each institution how much it had spent over the past five years on subscribing to journals from seven of the largest publishers…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will celebrate the achievements of the 2014 Nobel laureates by making a selection of content from the 2014 winners free to access until the end of the year.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Professors John O’Keefe, of University College London, UK, May-Britt Moser, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and Edvard I. Moser, of University of Science and Technology, Norway, for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. All three laureates are Editorial Board Members of the Wiley journal Hippocampus and all have published with Wiley…”


Information Today notes that “the Vatican Library is working on a digitization project that will make its archive of 82,000 ancient manuscripts available to the public for free. So far, it has digitized almost 4,500 documents, many of which are listed on its website. Monsignor Cesare Pasini writes, “Digitization of the 82,000 manuscripts is a task that Vatican Library has assumed for years now; and already we have established contact with cultural institutions and with companies that share and support our work. … [O]ur purpose is characterized by the willingness to draw up an overall project for the entire, huge range of our manuscripts, which could lead to 40 million digitized pages. …”


American Libraries reports that  ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez reported Fiscal Year 2014 year end results in an open message to ALA Council today. These figures were reviewed by the Budget Analysis Review Committee (BARC), Finance and Audit Committee, and the Executive Board at meetings this month. His message:

“While the final audit will be presented at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting, we now have unaudited results for Fiscal Year 2014 (ALA’s fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31). For the Fiscal Year 2014, we are showing total ALA revenue exceeding expenses by $1.923 million. This is primarily driven by $2.9 million in expense reductions across the Association and its Divisions…”


InfoDOCKET reports that “Columbia University Libraries / Information Systems is pleased to announce the beta launch of our new Digital Library Collections website.

The new site combines into one platform the digital content and metadata from many of our digital special collections projects and online exhibitions. Until now, all of our digital projects’ content has been managed within separate, standalone web/database applications and discoverable only in that context…”


InfoDOCKET also notes the publication of “ a 10 page guide (PDF) written by Daniel Burge from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology…

This guide provides basic information on the storage and preservation of digitally-printed photographs in scholarly and cultural collections. While there are many printing technologies for output from computers, this guide focuses on the three most popular forms of image (i.e. pictorial) hardcopy: • Inkjet • Digital electrophotography • Dye sublimation Information on recommended storage conditions, selection of housing and framing materials, proper handling and display are included. Collection care personnel in cultural institutions are the intended audience for this guide, however, it will also be useful to photographers, artists, and the general public.


According to this press release from PRWebChoosing Wisely Canada just released 61 recommendations that are now available in the evidence-based clinical support tool DynaMed™ from EBSCO Health. The new recommendations to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments are from 12 organizations and have been added to the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations that previously existed in DynaMed.

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