News & Announcements 7/28/15

journals 2ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Call for Applications—Deadline September 7;  *OCLC Launches Community Portal for Its Users;  *Pew Report Delves Into Scientific Attitudes;  *Emory Digital Scholarship Center Launches Belfast Group Poetry Networks Interactive Resource;  *Online Database of William Faulkner Material Goes Live;  *”Parker Library on the Web” Celebrates 10th Anniversary With a New Service;   *Colorado State Library Expands Online Training Site;  *BioMed Central launches checklist to improve reproducibility of studies published in its journals;  *INSPIRE Goes Live at Indiana State Library;   *ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website,;  *HarperCollins UK Signs Deal With Amazon; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

“ARL is now accepting applications for the 2016 cohort of the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by December 31, 2015) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching fellowship experience. Internships for this cohort will take place during the winter/spring 2016 academic term…”

Information Today reports that “OCLC created the OCLC Community Center, a new online resource that helps its users connect, share best practices, learn about OCLC’s products, and submit suggestions for improving OCLC’s services. It features product updates, news, upcoming events, and discussion boards, as well as areas for providing feedback and input…”

Information Today also notes that “a new Pew Research Center Internet, Science & Tech division report,An Elaboration of AAAS Scientists’ Views,” explores findings from its January 2015 surveys in more depth by examining American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) scientists’ views on major science-related issues…

Pew intends for the AAAS responses to be “the first in a series of avenues for empirically documenting whether there are differences in views among subsets of the scientific community.”

For more information, read the report.

According to InfoDOCKETThe Belfast Group Poetry Networks website “went live earlier this month and includes a number of data visualization tools; … and will make it easier to understand the connections between Irish writers, particularly members of the mid-1960s Belfast Group, using open-source software created by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS).

The website “provides an interactive way to explore the poets’ literary and social networks, based on correspondence, shared poems at workshops, and mentions of names and places in poems and throughout their personal papers…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “more than 50 years after William Faulkner’s last book, educators are creating an online database of his books and short stories, featuring maps, characters and other information that can be accessed online by scholars and the public.

They’re calling it Digital Yoknapatawpha, a play on Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, a fictional county based on and inspired by Lafayette County…”

In addition InfoDOCKET notes thatParker on the Web … one of the leading digital medieval manuscript sites since 2005, when an early prototype was first demonstrated… has begun work on “Parker on the Web 2.0.”

The most visible changes will involve an entirely restyled website, access optimized for mobile devices as well as fixed-location computing, and full compatibility with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

Digital Shift reports that “The Colorado State Library (CSL) is continuing to build out its Library Creation & Learning Centers website, a free online resource where libraries throughout the state and beyond can access interactive technology and customer service training modules for staff, Maker space programming ideas, curated links to digital creation software, and more. While the site currently focuses primarily on tech-related topics, Christine Kreger, CSL professional development coordinator, plans to expand it to offer resources and training materials for a range of subjects…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “open access publisher BioMed Central has launched a pilot checklist to improve the reproducibility of studies published in its journals. The checklist has been produced according to NIH guidelines for reporting preclinical research. It addresses three areas of reporting: experimental design and statistics, resources, and availability of data and materials…”

Indiana State Library recently launched This new version of its online library is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.

“The overall user experience of INSPIRE has improved with better search results and new features. We have streamlined the interface so that users can easily access the information they seek. There is also local content including Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles which highlight historical newspapers and documents,” describes State Librarian Jacob Speer.

ALANews reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website,, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of libraries…”

According to BookBusiness “HarperCollins UK has concluded what its chief executive Charlie Redmayne described as “tough negotiations” with Amazon over new terms. …

Redmayne would not be drawn on the nature of the deal, or if it was a return to full agency. He said: “I am confident that we secured the best deal that we could possibly have got: we negotiated hard and long to make sure that was the case. It’s the best deal we could have done.”



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