News & Announcements 8/22/12

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Today’s news: a new version of EBSCOhost® Mobile; a collaboration between OCLC and Europeana; award nominations for ACRL Librarian of the Year; IMLS Native Hawaiian Library Services grants;  Access Innovations teams with the American Institute of Physics; Nature Publishing Group announces the inaugural SciBX Summit; and People in the News

EBSCO Publishing Releases a New Version of EBSCOhost® Mobile

“EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released an updated version of EBSCOhost® Mobile providing library patrons and researchers worldwide with… searching from the most popular smartphones and mobile devices. According to EBSCO, “the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discover…”

OCLC Research to Develop Semantic Similarity Computing Algorithms with the Europeana Dataset

OCLC and Europeana are collaborating to investigate ways of creating semantic links between the millions of digital objects that are accessible online through in order to improve “similar object” browsing…

Europeana and OCLC Research are working together on innovation pilots to identify and create semantic links between objects that are connected. Examples of this include  translated copies of the same publication, a painting and a photograph of that painting, different editions of one book, or a collection of letters that belong to the same archive.

ACRL call for award nominations

ACRL is calling for nominations for Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award which “recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

This award recognizes and honors achievement in such areas as:

  • Service to the organized profession through ACRL and related organizations
  • Significant and influential research on academic or research library service
  • Publication of a body of scholarly and/or theoretical writing contributing to academic or research library development
  • Planning and implementing a library program of such exemplary quality that it has served as a model for others.

Award: $5,000 and a plaque sponsored by YBP Library Services

Electronic Nominations are now being accepted!

Nominations due December 7, 2012

Grant Awards Announcement: Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today three awards totaling $552,000 for Native Hawaiian Library Services.

“These three grants will enhance library and information services in Hawaii in several ways,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director. “The funds we’re awarding will support new programs addressing college readiness, career development, and cultural understanding and preservation. Funding will also support existing library programs that Native Hawaiians have come to rely on, including homework assistance, tutoring, genealogy workshops, literacy classes, and summer reading.”

Click here to view the list of funded projects.

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity including program guidelines and contacts…”

 Access Innovations, Inc. Teams with American Institute of Physics to Semantically Enrich More than 800,000

“Access Innovations, a leading firm in semantic enrichment, is working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), one of the world’s largest physical science publishers, to semantically enrich AIP’s online full-text collection. The collection includes more than 800,000 scholarly articles published in its academic journals since the 1930s.

The First SciBX Summit on Innovation in Drug Discovery & Development

“BioCentury Publications, Inc., a source of biopharma business intelligence, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG), today announce the inaugural SciBX Summit on Innovation in Drug Discovery & Development.

This unique Think Tank, held in conjunction with EBD Group’s BioPharma America(TM) meeting in Boston on September 21, 2012, will bring together key opinion leaders from academia, biotech, pharma and the investment community to build a roadmap for macrocycles and constrained peptides, which promise to reach therapeutic targets that have been inaccessible to existing drugs and biologics…”


NLM Library Operations Chief Sheldon Kotzin Retires, Closes the Book on a Brilliant Career

“In the summer of 1968, Sheldon Kotzin made what he calls “a life-altering decision.” After getting his masters in library science from Indiana University, he accepted a job offer to become a library associate at the National Library of Medicine. It was, he says, “the beginning of a long and happy relationship with NLM.” The relationship took him from associate to Associate Director for Library Operations (LO) and lasted a remarkable 43 years until his retirement in June 2012…

Kotzin’s career and contributions chronicle the Library’s growth; its early embrace of computers; its reach and its relevance. He headed the Catalog Maintenance Unit and the Collection Access Section. He was coordinator of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; chief of the Bibliographic Services Division; and assumed leadership of LO in 2006. He was executive editor of MEDLINE; scientific administrator of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee; and the Library’s representative to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors…

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