*National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation Announce New Grants to Bring Back Essential Out-of-Print Books; *British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings; *Columbia University Libraries Receives $2.2 Million Grant; *ALA JobLIST Launches Next Generation LIS Career Center…; *Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging; *NISO releases set of principles to address privacy of user data in library, …; *New Issue of CDNLAO Newsletter Looks at Reader Services Available From Six National Libraries; *George Washington University’s Gelman Library to House Churchill’s World War II Engagement Diary; *New Toolkit From UK Gov: “Libraries Shaping the Future: Report and Case Studies”; *NLM … launches the VSAC Collaboration Tool; and *IEEE signs letter of intent with World Intellectual Property Organization plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce New Grants to Bring Back Essential Out-of-Print Books
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funders of humanities research in the United States, announced more than $700,000 in new grants today that will give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into free e-books.
Under the new Humanities Open Book program, NEH and Mellon are awarding grants totaling roughly $774,000 to publishers to identify great humanities books, secure all appropriate rights, and make them available for free, forever, under a Creative Commons license…”
GalleyCat reports that “the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) has launched a new campaign to push the UK government to think twice before shutting down libraries and to take better care of those that remain.
The My Library By Right effort aims to champion “the public’s right to libraries” by leaning on a 1964 British law, the Public Libraries and Museums Act, to provide quality public library services to citizens across the country…
Library Technology Guides reports that “Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Columbia University Libraries $2.2 million to develop an online portal to the Corporation’s institutional records, from 1886 to the present. The philanthropic foundation’s records span all manner of formats from paper ledger books to audio and videotaped oral histories and born-digital grant files. …”
According to ACRL Insider “ALA JobLIST, the online career center for job seekers and employers in library and information science and technology, this week announced the launch of an all-new version of the site. A joint project of the American Library Association’s (ALA)American Libraries magazine, the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) C&RL News magazine, and ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the enhanced ALA JobLIST site is now positioned to serve users better through an updated service powered by YourMembership, the leading provider of job websites and career centers for organizations that serve specialized members.
OCLC Research features “this report providing a recap of the October 2015 Library in the Life of the User meeting that featured insights about ways libraries can provide more meaningful support based on what students, scholars and other library users really do…”
- NISO releases set of principles to address privacy of user data in library, content-provider, and software-supplier systems
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a set of consensus principles for the library, content-provider and software-provider communities to address privacy issues related to the use of library and library-related systems. This set of principles developed over the past 8 months focus on balancing the expectations library users have regarding their intellectual freedoms and their privacy with the operational needs of systems providers.
According to infoDOCKET “A new issue of the CDNLAO Newsletter (published by the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania) is now online and includes six articles about a variety of reader services available from six national libraries…”
- George Washington University’s Gelman Library to House Winston Churchill’s World War II Engagement Diary
infoDOCKET also notes that “A collection of handwritten cards detailing Winston Churchill’s appointments during World War II, including such historic events as Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the British prime minister’s regular meetings with the King of England and President Franklin Roosevelt, will have a new home at the George Washington University. The “engagement diary” will be featured in the new National Churchill Library and Center to be located at GW…”
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that there is a new “toolkit [beta release], produced by the Libraries Taskforce that is the first step in addressing a need identified by the Independent Library Report for England; “that more information needs to be available about the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character…”
According to their website “the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) has launched VSAC Collaboration – a tool to support communication, knowledge management and document management by value set authors and stewards.
VSAC Collaboration provides a central site where…, teams can share threaded discussions about the value sets, view recent value set expansions posted by site members, organize their value sets by usage and by team’s workflow needs, and receive activity and change notifications from VSAC.
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “IEEE, a professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, has signed a letter of intent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialised agency of the United Nations and global, intergovernmental forum for intellectual property (IP) policy, services, information and cooperation. Through the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, established in 1994, WIPO offers alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures services for the resolution of IP-related disputes on a not-for-profit basis…”
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- Texas State Law Library goes live on ByWater Solutions Koha support;
- SAGE and Expert System release SAGE Recommends, allows semantic exploration of scholarly content across diverse formats and disciplines
- ODILO offers close to one million titles with Gardner’s Partnership;
- ProQuest introduces Summon-SIPX Reading List Module to make education better and more affordable:
- John Wiley & Sons and the University of Michigan launch new open access journal – Learning Health Systems
- Elsevier and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands reach agreement in principle on open access and subscription;
- LXNX! Consortium selects Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap;
- Emerald Group Publishing and ISTEX sign French national license agreement;