News & Announcements 7/17/15

media - macbook-pixabay *NISO Releases Draft Technical Report on SUSHI Lite for Public Trial and Comment;  *Registrations now open for 2016 LibQUAL+ survey;  *University of Maryland Awarded $1.25 Million Grant by Mellon Foundation;  *Google Patent Search Adds Option to Include Relevant Results From Google Scholar & More;   *Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library Digitizing 2,000 ‘Largely Undiscovered’ Videocassettes;  *National Archives To Open Additional Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts;  *Arizona Judge Blocks ‘Nude Photos Law’;  *E-books click with more library users; *China’s Ebook Revenues Surge in Eight Years;  *Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and World Bank Group Publications join NFAIS; and *Major Repository Networks Agree to Collaborate on Data Exchange, Technological Development, and Metadata; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking trial users and comments on the draft technical report, SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a lightweight protocol for exchanging usage via web services, NISO TR-06-201X.

This technical report proposes and describes a method of exchanging COUNTER statistics ranging from usage for a single article to a complete COUNTER report, using commonly used approaches to web services. The SUSHI-Lite technical report does not replace the SUSHI standard but rather supplements it with an alternative approach for requesting and exchanging usage…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is inviting libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2016 LibQUAL+ survey. LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “A $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund research, education and training at the intersections of digital humanities and African American studies at the University of Maryland. The grant will help to prepare a diverse community of scholars and students whose work will both broaden the reach of the digital humanities in African American history and cultural studies and enrich humanities research with new methods, archives and tools…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “… The new Google Patents helps users find non-patent prior art by cataloguing it, using the same scheme that applies to patents. We’ve trained a machine classification model to classify everything found in Google Scholar using Cooperative Patent Classification codes. Now users can search for “autonomous vehicles” or “email encryption” and find prior art across patents, technical journals, scientific books, and more…

InfoDOCKET also notes that “Elmo, Big Bird, and friends are being digitized as part of an initiative to preserve and make accessible more than 2,000 videocassettes housed in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s collections. The “Sesame Street” tapes are from the archive of Tony Geiss, a longtime staff writer and songwriter for the classic children’s program…”

According to this announcement “the National Archives will make available four additional formerly secret grand jury testimony transcripts of two witnesses from the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. The opening of these records consists of 105 pages of transcripts of grand jury proceedings from August 1950 through March 1951.

One transcript of the testimony of David Greenglass and two transcripts of Max Elitcher are being opened in full. One additional transcript of Max Elichter contains redactions on three pages to protect the personal privacy of other persons who may still be living…”

Shelf Awareness reports that “a federal judge in Phoenixpermanently blocked Arizona officials from enforcing a 2014 law restricting the display of nude pictures in books, newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet,” Bookselling This Week reported. The judge approved a jointly agreed upon settlement between the Arizona attorney general and a coalition of Arizona booksellers, book and newspaper publishers, librarians and photographers, who had filed a lawsuit challenging the law…”

Singapore’s Asia one reports that”although physical books still trumped their digital counterparts, with 34 million borrowed last year, more library users are reading on the go using mobile devices. NLB said the majority of English e-books borrowed are fictional works, and non-fiction titles on self-improvement are popular…”

Book Business reports that “China’s ebook revenues have grown from 150 million yuan (24.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2006 to 4.5 billion yuan in 2014, with an increase of 20.5 percent annually since 2012.

The revenue of digital magazines grew from 500 million yuan in 2006 to 1.43 billion yuan in 2014, said Wei Yushan , head of the the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication (CAPP)…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak, “the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAISTM) has announced that Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and World Bank Group Publications have joined NFAIS as new members. NFAIS is a global, nonprofit membership organisation serving the information community…”

Share News reports that “on July 9 and 10, 2015, three major regional open access repository networks and aggregators (OpenAire, LA Referencia, and SHARE), along with the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Center for Open Science (COS) met in Charlottesville, Virginia, to discuss synergies and potential areas of collaboration…”


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