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by | Jul 16, 2012 | 0 comments

New repository from  Project Gutenburg; ebrary database Government Complete expands; Boston College goes live with Ex Libris Alma;  Haiti digital project expanded by Springer; and a new UK PubMed Central participant: the European Research Council

Project Gutenberg Launches Repository for Self-Published Works

Barbara Quint reports in Information Today that … Project Gutenberg has opened a separate collection and discovery area for such works referred to as a Self-Publishing Portal. Anyone can access and search the site to view and/or download documents. If the reader chooses to register with Project Gutenberg, as all the authors have, they can participate in the Authors Community Cloud Library and post comments, feedback, ratings, and reviews. A book details page and Wall will attach this social network style input for other readers to see…”

 ebrary Adds Thousands of Titles to Government Complete, Makes 9,000 New E-books Available for Purchase, Launches New Military Packs

“Government Complete… has been updated with thousands of new e-books from… publishers such as American Water Works Association, Cardiotext Publishing, and Urban Institute Press. The database now includes a growing selection of more than 76,000 titles with unlimited, multi-user access.  Additionally, ebrary has added over 9,000 new titles from publishers such as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and Karger Publishers, that can be purchased outright or through its patron driven acquisition program where titles are only purchased if used…”

Boston College Goes Live With Ex Libris Alma

“Boston College University Libraries (BCL) has replaced multiple systems previously used for managing print, electronic, and digital collections with a single consolidated solution provided by Ex Libris’ next-generation Alma library management service, the company announced on July 11…”

Springer extends free access for digital library project in Haiti

“As Haiti continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Springer Science+Business Media announced that it will extend the period of free access to its online platform, Springerlink, through 2015 to 15,000 students and researchers in the devastated country. This donation– initially set to expire in 2013 – will provide scientific content from approximately 2,000 research-level scientific journals, including French-language editions, and the state-of-the-art book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Lecture Notes in Mathematics…”

 European Research Council Announces Its Participation in UK PubMed Central

A report from InfoDOCKET notes that “the European Research Council (ERC) announced [Friday] that it will participate in the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) open access repository service, joining 18 existing UK and European funders. The ERC becomes the third European funder to join UKPMC, following Telethon Italy and the Austrian Research Fund…”

Link to the full press release: European Research Council renews its commitment to open access by joining Europe PubMed Central

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