News & Announcements 11/27/13

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National Archives  awards $2.3 million in grants for historical records projects; Massachusetts launches Six-Month Pilot, 51 libraries participating;  National Archives releases 11,000 declassified documents relating to Berlin, 1962–1986; WorldCat Metadata API powers new enhancements in latest MarcEdit release; Metadata from HBO Knowledge Base to be indexed in Summon;  Follett partners With EBSCO Information Services; and  IHS Jane’s Databases to be indexed in the Summon Service

 nationa archive - www.archives.govNational Archives (NARA) Awards $2.3 Million In Grants For Historical Records Projects

Quoting an announcement from the National Archives and Records Administration, InfoDOCKET reports that Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 44 grants totaling $2,283,079 in Federal funds for archives and publishing projects in 32 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Citing an announcement (dated 11/25) from the Massachusetts Library System (PDF) InfoDOCKET reports on “a six-month pilot of statewide ebook in Massachusetts project.” the announcement also provides “details about the project including details about more than 30,000 ebook titles being made available on an unlimited multi-­­user basis to pilot libraries by BiblioBoard.

Along with the ebooks/platform from BiblioBoard, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform is also being utilized…”

The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC), in partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Historical Review Program, announced today the release of 11,000 pages of newly declassified documents relating to various topics and activities in Berlin between 1962 and 1986. A selection of the release, 2,464 pages, is available online [www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/cold-war/berlin-wall-1962-1987].

According to KnowledgeSpeak “MarcEdit, the popular free library metadata software suite, includes new functionality that will give OCLC member libraries the ability to contribute and enhance their bibliographic and holdings data within WorldCat while using MarcEdit. The new functionality will provide catalogers with a new way to interact with their OCLC data, as well as provide another option for libraries looking to streamline their metadata workflows. The new functionality in MarcEdit is made possible by leveraging the WorldCat Metadata API, one of the many APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) being made available from OCLC through the WorldShare Platform…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that” Serials Solutions is working with HBO Kennisbank to index the results of publicly funded research contained in the institutional repositories of Dutch universities in the Summon service. Metadata from the HBO Knowledge Base will be indexed allowing researchers to discover articles, research reports and theses produced by lecturers, teachers and students within the universities alongside their library’s other resources to gather the most relevant information for their projects…”

Follett partners With EBSCO Information ServicesEbsco publishing Logo

Library Technology Guides reports that  Follett announced a partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to provide students with expanded online access to top research databases such as MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Premier.

Libraries subscribing to any of the more than 130 EBSCO databases included in the initial release will be able to integrate the databases using Follett’s One Search, a complimentary service for users of Follett’s Destiny Library Manager, Follett Shelf Classroom Connections and Aspen Instructional Management System. Follett’s One Search organizes more than 550 free and subscription-based research databases for schools, allowing students to quickly access the full range of library resources and online subscriptions in a single, timesaving search…”

Library Technology Guides alos notes that “Serials Solutions,is working with IHS Inc. to expand IHS content indexed in the Summon discovery service to include IHS Jane’s modules and databases. With the inclusion of metadata and full text from the following IHS Jane’s content sets in the Summon index, researchers will now be able to discover information in the defense, security, aerospace and transport sectors alongside their library’s other resources…”

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