News & Announcements 5/22/15

News - shield-286711_640.jpg - pixabayElsevier rebuffs COAR/SPARC criticism of sharing and hosting policy; U-M Library discovers unpublished memoir within new Orson Welles acquisition; Stanford University Libraries Acquires Extensive Photo Archive of Israeli Popular Culture; The British Library Announces Plan to Digitize and Share 500,000 “At Risk” Rare and Unique Sound Recordings; ; Text and data mining in the EU: Legal certainty already exists; BMJ announces continued partnership with Saudi government and healthcare institutions; ORCID and F1000 partner to launch standard for citing peer review activities; OCLC research report “Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible“; Auto-Graphics Inc. Introduces a unique OCLC WMS bibliographic connector; Archimed announces a prestigious partnership with EBSCO; and Perseus Academic to Distribute Brookings Institution Press


According to Research Information “Elsevier has rejected criticism of its new sharing and hosting policy, following a negative analysis by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

Organisations from around the world have denounced Elsevier’s new policy, which was launched in April, saying that it represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates ‘unnecessary barriers for Elsevier-published authors in complying with funders’ open access policies’…”


Michigan News notes that “though he is considered by many as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers, Orson Welles … was also notorious for leaving many of his projects unfinished. Perhaps that is what makes the Welles collections at the University of Michigan so intriguing.

“Not a week goes by that somebody from somewhere in the world doesn’t inquire about something in these archives,” said Philip Hallman, curator of U-M’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection. “The reality is, there’s a lot yet to be discovered, which is why we’re excited to be adding more to our already extensive Welles holdings…”


According to InfoDOCKETStanford University Libraries has announced “the acquisition of an extensive archive of Israeli popular culture from the files of the magazines ‘Olam ha-kolno‘a [Cinema World; 1951-1974] and Lahiton [Hit Parade Newspaper; 1969-1987]. The 20,000-plus photographs in the Lahiton-Cinema World collection (in both black-and-white and color) document the Israeli popular music scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. This archive complements other holdings at Stanford relating to Israeli society and culture, including the Israel Cohen Collection and the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel-Aviv…”


InfoDOCKET also reports that “the British Library has been earmarked funding of over £9.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help save the nation’s sound recordings and open them up online for everyone to hear.

For those of you familiar with our Save our Sounds project, this is very welcome news. According to the predictions of sound archivists the world over, we have fifteen years in which to digitise historic sound recordings before the equipment required to play some formats can no longer be used, and some formats such as wax cylinders and acetate discs start to naturally decay…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) has noted the desire expressed in the ‘Communication on Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe’ issued on 6 May 2015 for legal certainty around the use of copyright-protected materials, including across borders, for text mining. STM suggests that this certainty already exists – through the activities already undertaken by STM member publishers that simplify licensing, permit licensed use, and support text formatting for efficient TDM activities…”


Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “medical knowledge provider BMJ has announced its continued partnership with the Saudi government and healthcare institutions to help improve the quality of healthcare throughout the Kingdom. BMJ experts will be at Saudi Health 2015, Riyadh, May 18-20, to talk about the key healthcare challenges facing the Kingdom, and how BMJ can help through joint research and knowledge sharing…”


In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “the Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) has announced a partnership with publisher F1000 to develop a practical means to cite peer review activities, based on a standard set of terms and the use of persistent identifiers. Working with the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI), a community working group has been established to define a standard field set and business rules that would work across the many types of peer review used in publishing, funding, university research management, and conference presentations…”


books-614711_1280According to OCLC News a new OCLC research report entitled “Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible represents the efforts of OCLC Research over the last seven years to support change in the end-to-end process that results in archival and special collections materials being delivered to interested users.

Revealing hidden assets stewarded by research institutions so they can be made available for research and learning locally and globally is a prime opportunity for libraries to create and deliver new value. Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible collects important work OCLC Research has done to help achieve the economies and efficiencies that permit these materials to be effectively described, properly disclosed, successfully discovered and appropriately delivered…”


Library Technology Guides reports that “Auto-Graphic announced that SHAREit has been integrated with OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services ILS for their statewide and provincial customers. The new WMS module allows SHAREit to fully interact with OCLC WMS ILS systems in the same manner as any standard ILS using Z39.50. The WMS integration provides bibliographic data discovery, item level detail including availability, and related circulation status…”


Library Technology Guides also reports that Archimed, a … software and library solution vendor in the EU, has established a partnership with EBSCO Information Services to enrich the content searchable with Syracuse, its newly-released unified information system portal for libraries…”


Shelf Awareness reports that “effective January 1, Perseus Academic will handle sales and distribution of all print and e-book titles of the Brookings Institution Press in the U.S. and Canada.

…The press publishes 50 titles a year and serves as a distributor for think tanks and research organizations, including Asian Development Bank Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Chatham House, Jamestown Foundation and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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