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news-pixabay5*Librarian of Congress Now Term Limited;  *ARL announces SPEC Survey webcast on Evolution of Library Liaisons;  *Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books;   *National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Releases New Versions Data Resources;  *Chicago Collections Brings City-Related Archives Under One Digital Roof;  *ProQuest to pilot new ebook acquisition model ‘Access-to-Own’ in collaboration with libraries and publishers worldwide;  *EBSCO unveils Fuente AcadémicaTM Plus, expands non-English scholarly resources; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to District Dispatch “with the stroke of a pen, the President has established for the first time a set term of office for the Librarian of Congress. Rather than serve for life, the next and all future Librarians will enjoy a 10-year term of office renewable for the same length of time upon reconfirmation by the Senate. Legislation authorizing the change, the Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2162), was both introduced in and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on October 7. It was again approved by unanimous consent of the House less than two weeks later…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2015. The fourth webcast in this series will cover the Evolution of Library Liaisons survey (SPEC Kit 349), which explores the changing role of the library liaison and the shifting goals and strategies of liaison programs at ARL member libraries…

Library Technology Guides reports that “OAPEN and Knowledge Unlatched announced that Google Scholar is now able to index Open Access books hosted by OAPEN…



infoDOCKET reports that the “NTIA has revamped everything from the questions we ask to the ways in which we report results so that the CPS [Current Population Survey] Supplement continues to be a relevant and valuable resource. This revamp includes our new NTIA Data Central, an easy-to-use source for locating statistics and charting trends…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “a free website where those curious about the story of Chicago can poke around and happily fritter away time” called Explore Chicago Collections is now available nad includes “maps showing the extent of the Great Chicago Fire; original drawings by the political cartoonist John T. McCutcheon; letters written home by visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893; and handbills, playbills, and other ephemera from the Dill Pickle Club, the early-twentieth-century bohemian redoubt for Chicago’s literati and radical political thinkers such as Sherwood Anderson, Floyd Dell, and Ben Reitman…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “in collaboration with libraries and publishers worldwide, ProQuest will pilot a new ebook acquisition model called ‘Access-to-Own,’ the latest in a series of flexible access models offered by the industry-leading information solutions provider. Access-to-Own facilitates title ownership by applying budget dollars spent on rentals to perpetual purchases…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that EBSCO “has introduced Fuente AcadémicaTM Plus, a non-English, full-text resource that includes a comprehensive collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Fuente Academica Plus provides a significantly larger collection of content than other non-English scholarly resources available online…”

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