OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALibraries to fight for surveillance law reform in next Congress; Simon & Schuster Modifies its Library eBook Program; Jisc launches collaborative initiative for UK research; ProQuest Creates the First Complete, Digital Trove of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations; Ex Libris Group releases version 9.1 of Voyager integrated library system; Times Higher Education and Elsevier partner to provide data behind THE’s flagship World University Rankings; Elsevier Offers DRM-Free Ebook-Bundling Through BitLit; and BLUEcloud Cataloging now available for SirsiDynix Customers.


American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s failure last night to bring the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would have improved the balance between terrorism prevention and personal privacy protection, to the Senate floor for debate and an eventual up or down vote…”

GalleyCat reports that “Simon & Schuster has made some changes to the rules for its library eBook program.

Henceforth, all the digital books from the publisher’s catalog (this includes both frontlist and backlist titles) will be made available to all libraries throughout the country. Prior to this, a library could only access these titles with participation in the “Buy It Not” merchandising program…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “teams across universities and others that support research in the UK are being offered the opportunity to submit their ideas to a collaborative funding initiative being launched by Jisc.

Called research data spring, the project aims to engage all individuals and groups with an interest in research data and get them to work together to create new solutions to common research problems. This includes finding and developing new technical tools, software or services to streamline researchers’ workflows, and to improve the use and management of data…

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that the “Ex Libris Group has announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs. The new features in this release improve services to users, simplify staff workflows, increase system stability and performance, and fulfill customer enhancement requests…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that  “Times Higher Education (THE) and Elsevier have announced a partnership to provide the data behind the THE’s flagship World University Rankings and its global university performance analyses. The methodology of the global rankings will be broadly preserved. The rankings will continue to use the most comprehensive and balanced performance indicators to evaluate universities across all of their core missions, including research, knowledge transfer, international outlook, and – uniquely – the teaching environment…”

According to their press release “ProQuest is enabling researchers to access a critical missing piece for understanding historic events with a first-ever complete, digital collection of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. When complete, the collection will encompass more than 79,000 executive orders, proclamations, directives and policy statements by American presidents from Washington to Obama, bringing together disparate content and making it easy to discover and work with…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “Elsevier has become the latest publisher to partner with Vancouver start-up BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of a part of its book catalog…

Elsevier’s new partnership means that the company is offering some 5,000 of its science and technology ebooks to BitLit users who have previously bought print editions of those titles. No receipt or point-of-sale record is needed…”

Library Technology Guides notes that SirsiDynix has announced “that BLUEcloud Cataloging is now available. Designed to easily accommodate new media and technology, BLUEcloud Cataloging increases staff efficiency and expedites the process of enhancing bibliographic data…”