News & Announcements 06/19/12

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OpenMetadata.org Community Site Launched

Christine Connors reports in Information today that “a new web portal was announced at the recent IASSIST conference in Washington D.C. Designed to make working with metadata easier, OpenMetadata.org (OM) is the product of Metadata Technology North America and Integrated Data Management Services, which created the site to “facilitat[e] access to standards based innovative technologies for the management of socio-economic, scientific, and other statistical data.” Though the site is still in its initial deployment, the goal is for it to become a go-to resource for discovery, access, and tools for using statistical metadata…”

State Department postpones Kindle press conference

According to this article in PaidContent, the press conference scheduled for this coming Wednesday to announce the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative has been postponed indefinitely, until an unspecified later date.”  In the press release sent out on Friday afternoon, the program was described as a “public-private partnership with Amazon and the U.S. government” designed to create “a global e-reader program that introduces aspects of U.S. society and culture directly to young people, students, and international audiences in new ways and expands English language learning opportunities worldwide…”

John Sherer Named Director of UNC Press 

John Sherer, photo courtesy of Rick Schwab

“John Sherer, currently Vice President and Publisher of Basic Books, has been named the Spangler Family Director of the University of North Carolina Press.

Sherer, 45, succeeds Kate Douglas Torrey, who retires on June 30 after 23 years at the publishing house. She has served as its director since 1992.

The announcement was made today by Jack (John P.) Evans, chair of the Press’s Board of Governors and Hettleman Professor of Business Emeritus at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, following a national search and approval by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina on the recommendation of UNC President Thomas W. Ross…”

Deadline for the Elsevier Foundation Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting applications for the Elsevier Foundation Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program is June 24th, COB EST.  The Innovative Libraries program supports capacity building projects in science, technology and medicine, through training, education, infrastructure, digitalization and preservation of information. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants between US$5,000 and US$50,000 for a total of $100,000. To apply, visit www.elsevierfoundation.org Please don’t hesitate to contact foundation@elsevier.com if you have any questions.

Virtua adds floating collections management

Advanced floating collections management is now available in the Virtua ILS. This new functionality is designed to improve the efficiency of floating collections management by providing a flexible and easily configurable solution. What distinguishes Virtua’s floating collections management from other solutions is the inclusion of a configurable collection-balancing function. If your library has a high-traffic branch receiving a large percentage of returned items, Virtua will ensure that the items are redistributed equally among branches according to library-defined parameters. Library staff can easily set and modify rules for floating collections based on item class and location. Libraries will have complete flexibility over what does and does not float and in setting the criteria for collection balancing.

JSTOR Adds New Titles to Collections, Several Missing Issues Also Added

InfoDOCKET reports on these additions to JSTOR as of June 15, 2012.

“Here’s a direct link to a complete list of new/titles.  Title lists can also be download (by collection) using the links found on this page...

InfoDOCKET also reported this related development:

Project MUSE: At Least Seven New Publishers Coming to UPCC Book Collections in 2013 (June 14, 2012)”

ebrary Announces Extended Access

“Adding a new dimension to its strategic approach to e-book acquisition, ebrary, a ProQuest business, today announced Extended Access for titles purchased under a single-user license. Extended Access reduces up-front costs to the library, eliminates speculative purchases of multiple copies, and prevents turn-aways when titles are in use…”

With Extended Access, libraries can now more cost-effectively purchase titles under a single-user license and ensure access. If a title is in use, and another researcher needs it, the library can upgrade to a multi-user access model when available, purchase another copy, or take a short-term loan. The process can be automated and seamless to end-users, or libraries can receive email notifications and trigger the additional purchases themselves…”

De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award 2012

De Gruyter Saur and IFLA are delighted to announce that the winner of the De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award 2012 is Adam Girard with his paper “E-books are Not Books: The Challenges and Chances in the New Media Context”. The author is Ph.D. student at the School of Information and Library Studies, Unversity College Dublin (Ireland). The author receives prize money of EUR 1.000 donated by De Gruyter Saur and is invited to attend the President’s Lunch at the Annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland in August 2012.

This year’s topic of the De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award was: “Libraries and eBooks, challenges and chances…”

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