*PubMed Commons Pilot Proves Successful; *New Digital Archives Online: Fordham University Launches “Bronx Black History Archives”; Mellon Foundation and NEH Award 10 Grants, More Than $700,000 For Humanities Open Book Program *Country Life Archive Now Available as an Independent Database; *Choice Now Presents Acclaimed Bibliographic Essays in LibGuide Format; *Spending bill a win for library funding, loss on cybersecurity; *ARL releases Library Liaison report,… *Berlin 12 conference focuses on proposal to flip subscription journals to open access; and *Brill offers book and journal access in Wikipedia pilot; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
ResourceShelf notes that the according to their blog, PubMed Commons “is here to stay!
PubMed Commons provides a forum for scientific discourse that is integrated with PubMed, a major database of citations to the biomedical literature. More than 9,500 authors have joined PubMed Commons – and they have posted over 4,000 comments to more than 3,300 publications, mostly on recent publications…”
infoDOCKET reports that Fordham University has launched a digital archive that includes “the stories of hundreds of Bronx African Americans who have transformed the borough’s character since the 1930s have been made public through a new digital archive at Fordham’s Bronx African American History Project.
The archive, made available through the Department of African and African-American Studies and Fordham Libraries, consists of downloadable audio files and verbatim transcripts of interviews conducted by researchers from 2002 to 2013.
infoDOCKET also reports that “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…”
According to Library Technology Guides “more than 100 years of prestigious British lifestyle content is available in Country Life Archive, now a standalone database, which enables researchers to access more primary sources of British culture from across the twentieth century…”
According to ACRL Insider “Choice… has launched a new section on its revamped www.choice360.org site, featuring Choice bibliographic essays in LibGuide format.
At launch, the LibGuide section will contain all eleven of the bibliographic essays published in 2015, with essays from 2013 and 2014 to be added in the spring. Moving forward, new bibliographic essays will be featured simultaneously in the LibGuide format as well as in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online...”
District Dispatch outlines the library community wins and losses in the recently passed “$1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending package.
According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Research Libraries has released the final report of a pilot Library Liaison Institute organised by Columbia University Libraries, Cornell University Libraries, and the University of Toronto Libraries, and held at Cornell University in June 2015. The report summarises the institute and offers critical reflections and recommendations for reorganising liaison work as well as guidance for offering future Library Liaison Institutes…”
KnowledgeSpeak also reports on the Berlin 12 Open Access Conference where “representatives from several regions (Asia, Europe, and North America) recently met … to discuss a proposal to flip subscription-based journals to open access models… Most conference participants were supportive ‘in principle’ of a collaborative, international effort to accelerate the transition to open access, although a number of concerns were expressed about a model in which APCs would prevail
In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “academic publisher Brill has kicked-off a pilot with The Wikipedia Library, granting up to 25 of Wikipedia’s most active, top editors with access to all publications available on Brill’s Books and Journals platform. Participating editors will gain access to over 6,400 e-books and more than 158,000 journal articles in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Biology…”
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- Alexander Street Launches New Database of Classic, Contemporary, and International Screenplays;
- Emerald partners with the Egyptian Government to help create the largest digital library;
- Mendeley Announces Launch of Data API;
- Ex Libris Introduces the Customer Knowledge Center;
- OCLC Research Library Partnership welcomes Purdue University;
- Major European bioinformatics initiative ELIXIR embraces Open Science publishing;
- OhioLINK adopts Ex Libris Rosetta for digital preservation;
- Thomson Reuters collaborates with Russia’s scientific electronic library eLIBRARY.RU;
- SAGE Publishing and Adam Matthew announce partnership with Egyptian Specialized Presidential Council for Education;