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In the News: Research libraries spending more $’s; ALCTS First Step Award; MapLight releases Money and Politics Data Set; LITA keynote presentations; CNRS and publishers agree on document delivery framework; De Gruyter has a new business model for PDA; and PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Research Libraries Increase Spending on Digital Materials

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the good news that according to data from ARL “spending by research libraries appears to be rising, especially for digital materials…

The data are part of the association’s Library Investment Index, which ranks the association’s member libraries each year based on total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, spending on library materials, and the number of professional and support staff.

The upward trend for the 2011 fiscal year was the first in several years. The economic downturn in 2008 and the tight budgets that followed caused a drop in spending on all of the index’s categories, said Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of the association’s statistics and service-quality programs, in an e-mail interview. She added that it “remains to be seen if this is a temporary reversal or a true shift to sustain itself more than a year…”

First Step Award

The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section presents the award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant.  The award provides librarians who are new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and encourages professional development and participation at American Library Association (ALA) conferences and Continuing Resources Section activities.

ALCTS members with five or less years of professional experience in the continuing resources field are eligible.  The award consists of $1,500, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc.  Eligible applicants may apply more than once…

Deadline for nominations is December 1

MapLight Money and Politics Data Set Launches

MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics, announced the launch of the MapLight Money and Politics Data Set, an easy-to-access, downloadable database of MapLight-enhanced Federal Elections Commission (FEC) campaign finance data for free public use. The data set includes all federal contributions, independent expenditures (including super PACs), and candidate and committee totals and will update regularly with the most current data from the FEC.

 Watch Keynote Presentations From Hellman, Shneiderman, and Houghtan at the LITA National Forum 2012

INFOdocket has posted keynote presentations from Eric Hellman, Ben Shneiderman, and Sarah Houghton recorded this weekend at the LITA National Forum 2012in Columbus, OH.


Publishers and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) agree framework licence agreement for document delivery

The Laboratoire INIST of the CNRS ( and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM, have agreed a framework licence agreement to be entered into directly between individual publishers and the CNRS. It governs the supply of copies of articles from the CNRS’ holdings to non-commercial and
commercial organisations, nationally and internationally, with special conditions for France and French-speaking territories.

De Gruyter Presents New Model for Digital Content Distribution

“…Based upon a trial with three libraries and the accompanying survey, De Gruyter has developed a business model for Patron Driven Acquisition that takes into account eight important criteria.

  • Unlimited access is provided to all patrons for all content during the utilization period; no supervision of PDA.
  • The model does not rely on data concerning each library’s previous expenditures.
  • A maximum expenditure limit reduces cost risks for the library.
  • A minimum expenditure limit reduces revenue risks for the publishing house…”

For more information on this PDA model, and the prices please see the White Paper


Clair Willcox Is Rehired as Editor in Chief at U. of Missouri Press

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “after a long squabble, the University of Missouri has rehired Clair Willcox, whom it laid off in July as editor in chief of the University of Missouri Press.

Willcox now holds that position again, and will also be associate director of the press. He will take a lead role in trying to restore a press much damaged by the events of the last several months…”

Helene Blowers joins OCLC staff as WorldShare Management Services Community Manager

“Helene Blowers, a library technology leader for more than 15 years, has joined the OCLC staff as OCLC WorldShare Management Services Community Manager. Her appointment will be effective November 1.

In her new role with OCLC, Ms. Blowers will be a primary liaison with the community of libraries implementing OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first Web-based cooperative library management tools for metadata management, acquisitions, circulation, license management and library workflow improvement…”

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