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26-6-toc-fea-image*The scholarly database JSTOR, …sees major growth in its ebook program;   *Egypt Launches a Massive Digital Library;    *Three Yorkshire universities join forces to launch new digital publishing platform;   *Boston University’s Gotlieb Center Leads New Digital Archive of Letters Written by Florence Nightingale;    *The World Bank Publishes Major Report Loaded with “Digital World” Statistics;   *National Security Agency (NSA) Releases USA FREEDOM Act Transparency Report;   *Update from the ACRL Board of Directors on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education;   *GLBTRT selects the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence;   *Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016 to Be Celebrated February 22–26;   *ProQuest Digitizes the Magazines that Chronicle Women’s Roles and Family Life in the 19th and 20th Centuries;   *ACI Information Group in deal with Portico to preserve Scholarly Blog Collection;  and  *CCC to integrate Altmetric Data into its RightFindTM content workflow solution plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Inside HigherED “in the past year alone, JSTOR has doubled its ebook sales and the number of participating libraries. After launching in 2013 with 20 publishers, 15,000 ebooks and zero library customers, those numbers now stand at 100, 40,000 and 1,000, respectively, said Frank Smith, director of Books at JSTOR. Of course, the database also offers access to more than 2,000 scholarly journals…”

According to GoodEReader “the Egyptian government has announced that they have launched the worlds largest digital library. It is currently unknown how many titles the Egyptian Knowledge Bank actually has, but it does have a huge amount of e-books from publishers such as Oxford, National Geographic, Reuters and more…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Three Yorkshire universities have joined forces to set up a new open access digital platform to publish research across academic disciplines. Established by the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, the White Rose University Press (WRUP) is now open for submissions. It will publish peer-reviewed academic papers, books, textbooks, and conference literature from across the academic community in the UK and internationally…”

According to infoDOCKET “since the launch of the Florence Nightingale Digitization Project in August 2014, more than 2,000 letters written by Nightingale have been digitized and added to a comprehensive online database. BU’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is one of the collaborating partners in the international project…

infoDOCKET also reports that “World Bank’s 2016 World Development Report on the internet, “Digital Dividends” is now available. The report notes that while “the spread of digital technologies over the last two decades has been rapid and generated a lot of excitement about the possibilities of the digital age… the hoped-for benefits — greater productivity, more opportunity for the poor and middle class, more accountable governments and companies — have not spread as far and wide as anticipated…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “the National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new report on the implementation of the USA FREEDOM Act, along with specific procedures – adopted by the U.S. Attorney General and approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – that are designed to protect privacy rights…” 

ACRL Insider reports that “at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ACRL Board of Directors took action to formally adopt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education …

The Board also affirmed its intent to make a decision on the status of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, according to the timeline established at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting…”

According to ALA NewsThe American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) today announced the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries as the inaugural recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community…”

ARL News reports that “Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016—a community celebration coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries—will take place Monday–Friday, February 22–26. You can participate on a single day during the week, multiple days, or the full week.


According to KnowledgeSpeakACI Information Group, LLC (ACI) will preserve the ACI Scholarly Blog Index with Portico, ensuring that the first digital collection of scholarly blogs will be secure and available for library subscribers into the future. ACI Information Group is a leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media and blog publications…”

According to this press release “ProQuest is … digitizing the complete archives of six of the foremost women’s magazines of the past century, making them easy to search and access. Women’s Magazine Archive encompasses such titles as Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal, essential primary sources in the fields of gender studies, social history, marketing, fashion, media, and more…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), … will be integrating Altmetric data into its cloud-based RightFindTM content workflow solution that offers immediate, easy access to a full range of Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) content. The integration will begin this month as part of a pilot program with several customers…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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