News & Announcements 12/7/13

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UNT backs off immediate library cuts, but concerns remain; USPTO designates Kentucky library a patent and trademark resource center; America’s public libraries take on the NSA; Vatican, Bodleian libraries unite to put ancient texts, Bibles online; Wellcome Library pledges support for Knowledge Unlatched open access project; Elsevier driving and disseminating Chinese research to the world; and Boopsie, Inc. launches new website focusing on digital resources for librarians.

university of North Texas - www.unt.eduAccording to Library Journal “the announcement that libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton would have to cut $1.7 million from the materials budget sent staff and students around the campus into an uproar, with students and faculty flocking to defend a library system that they see as key to their success as scholars. While UNT Provost Warren Burrgren has walked those statements back in recent days and laid immediate concerns about budget cuts to rest, the controversy started a conversation on the campus about how the library should be funded that isn’t dying down, even as cuts to the library budget are halted or postponed…”

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. PTRCs, located across the United States, assist the public in learning more about patents and trademarks with reference assistance and training programs, serve as the local face of the USPTO, and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship…

The ALL.GOV website reports that “with an infusion of new funding for advocacy purposes, an association representing public libraries has jumped into the debate over curbing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance.

The American Library Association (ALA), a group not known as a lobbying powerhouse in Washington, received aala_logo - librarygarden.net $1 million grant last month from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advocate more on behalf of its members.

And one of the first subjects the ALA is tackling is NSA reform, due to concerns that the agency’s meta-data collection will infringe on the freedom to read and conduct research…”

According to CNN, “some of the world’s oldest and rarest Bibles and biblical texts were placed online Tuesday in newly digitized form by two of the world’s most venerable libraries.

The project, which aims to make 1.5 million pages of ancient texts freely available in virtual form over the next three years, is a joint effort by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University and the Vatican Library.

The project is focused on three main areas: ancient Greek manuscripts, Hebrew manuscripts and 15th-century printed books, known as incunabula. They will include secular and religious texts…

“Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through funding from hundreds of libraries…

Representing an additional route to open access for books, alongside funder- or author-pays models, the KU model allows participating libraries to share the cost of a single fixed fee to a publisher to ‘unlatch’ a book, making it available on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN as a fully downloadable PDF…”

Elsevierlogo120PRNewswire reports that “Elsevier… announced today that it is strengthening and refocusing the scope of its long-standing relationship with China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. (CSPM) to create an international publishing platform for English-language STM journals that brings the expanding wealth of research originating from China to the world.

The announcement comes at a time when China is emerging as a major contributor to the international scientific community, being the second most prolific publisher of research articles after the United States (U.S.) and ahead of the United Kingdom (U.K.)[1].

PRWeb reports that Boopsie, Inc. … announced today the release of their new and improved website, Boopsie.com. The website features new digital resources for librarians, more robust navigation, a worldwide library locator, and has a user-friendly interface that operates flawlessly whether viewed on your mobile device or computer…”

 

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