ER&L 2012 Conference: Call for Proposals

ER&L is seeking to advance the discussion in these following areas with this 2012 Call for Proposals, with detailed descriptions included below:

  • Managing e-Resources in Libraries
  • Collection Development and Assessment
  • Workflow & Organizations
  • External & User Relationships
  • Emerging and Future Technologies
  • Scholarly Communication & Licensing
  • Library as Publisher

Ithaka S+R/SCA Final Report Released: Case Studies in Sustainability

Ithaka S+R, with funding from the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance, released today “Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability,” a report that reviews the impact of tumultuous times on the business models of 12 digital projects first profiled by S+R in 2009.

They are also offering a free webinar related to this work.  Register online at

The book will never die: Springer to offer book content back to the 1840s

Springer Science+Business Media has started its extensive digitization project, Springer Book Archives (SBA). The SBA initiative will include nearly all books that have been published since the 1840s. Springer expects that the book archives will contain around 65,000 titles. Titles include academically and historically unique works by Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Sir John Eccles, Lise Meitner, Werner Siemens, and Rudolf Diesel, to name just a few. The works in the digital archives will be available on the company’s platform SpringerLink just like all other Springer books, which have routinely been published in electronic and print versions since 2005. When this mammoth project is completed at the end of 2012, Springer will be able to offer more than 100,000 eBooks on

OCLC receives additional funding for U.S. public library awareness campaign; Geek the Library reaches 24 states

OCLC’s Geek the Library community awareness campaign, piloted in 2009 and 2010 and now available to all U.S. public libraries, has received an additional grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The supplementary $726,000 provides ongoing campaign materials and field support for libraries currently running the campaign, and allows OCLC to work with additional public libraries that sign up by March 31, 2012. Funding ensures that participating libraries can use the campaign to reach their local communities through June 2013.