News & Announcements 2/14/15

copyrightARL’s Research Library Issues 285 Highlights Copyright Developments; ACRL 2015 awards record-breaking 179 scholarships;  DPLA Announces New Service Hubs in Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, and the CaribbeanALA seeks candidates for 2015 Google policy summer fellowship; Proposals Due for CNI Spring 2015; National Agricultural Library and ASERL partner to archive 875 research journals; PeerJ celebrates two-year anniversary of publishing, opens up peer-reviewed … PeerJ Computer ScienceUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services; and EBSCO Discovery Service helps Universidade do Porto in Portugal increase usage of library resources… 


“ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 285, a special issue focusing on recent developments in US copyright law as well as international copyright agreements. Many of these developments have significant implications for research libraries and higher education…”


According to ALAnews “The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has awarded a record-breaking 179 scholarships for the ACRL 2015 conference. Scholarships were awarded in six categories, including early- and mid-career librarians, support staff and Spectrum Scholar travel grants, amounting to a total of $112,995. Funding for 75 of these scholarships (more than $56,000 in value) was raised through the ACRL 75th Anniversary Kick Start the Future Scholarship Campaign…”


InfoDOCKET reports that “the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the addition of four Service Hubs that will be joining our Hub network. The Hubs represent Tennessee, Maryland, Maine and the Caribbean.

These Hubs were selected from the first-ever application process for new DPLA Hubs, intended to give both prospective Hubs and DPLA a better sense of what is involved in bringing on a new Hub. Each Hub has a strong commitment to bring together the cultural heritage content in their state to be a part of DPLA, and to build community and data quality among the participants…”


Digital Dispatch notes that “the American Library Association (ALA) has announced “the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2015 Google Policy Fellows program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation eight years ago at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2015, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow…”


By U.S. Gov't [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Gov’t [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

National Agricultural Library and ASERL partner to archive 875 research journals

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has announced that the National Agricultural Library (NAL) has become ASERL’s first-ever Program Affiliate. Through this agreement, NAL will partner with ASERL libraries to retain important agriculture-related print journals as part of ASERL’s ‘Scholars Trust’ program, and NAL will use the ‘JRNL’ software tool to manage these holdings and make them discoverable to other program partners…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “open access journal PeerJ, which began publishing on February 12, 2013, has published 760 articles, and over 1,000 PrePrints across all of the life sciences and medicine, culminating in the work of over 4,000 authors. PeerJ is not only celebrating its two-year anniversary of PeerJ publishing articles in the life sciences and medicine, but also the opening of peer-reviewed article submissions to PeerJ’s newly announced journal PeerJ Computer Science. PeerJ are currently offering free publishing credit to anyone registering at PeerJ Computer Science…”


The submission deadline for CNI’s spring 2015 membership meeting is fast approaching! The meeting will be held on April 13-14 in Seattle, Washington.

Proposals for project briefings are due no later than Friday, February 27.

A limited number of proposals are accepted. For details, and to submit a proposal: http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/s15-submit-a-proposal/

Meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, March 20: http://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2015/

Follow this meeting on Twitter: #cni15s


The University of KwaZulu-Natal, a leading South African university, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system…”


KnowledgeSpeak reporting from an EBSCO press release also notes “that Universidade do Porto, the largest university in Portugal, has found … success with the implementation of EBSCO Discovery Service
The university library found that EDS offered the … features and functionality including usability, easy integration of library resources and mobile accessibility. Every year since implementation, the library has reported increased usage and greater exposure to library resources as well as positive feedback from students and faculty…”

 

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