unpacking_booksShooting at a Library;  NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly: Fall 2014 issue on Identity Management available in open access; BiblioBoard, Bestselling Authors Partner on Library E-books; BitLit Bundles Elsevier Ebooks; National Declassification Center has opened Visa Investigation Records of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities, 1946–1951; IEEE Collaborates With edX to Offer MOOCs; Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine joins the Cambridge Journals list; Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users; Elsevier Announces the Launch of a New Journal: Big Data Research; Arabic E-books from Al Manhal to be Available for Purchase via the EBSCO eBooks™ Platform.

According to Inside Higher ED students and alumni of Florida State were shocked and asked how could this happen in a library? … “a gunman opened fire outside Florida State University’s Strozier Library, injuring three people before being shot and killed by police. Any campus shooting is a tragedy, but many at the university seemed particularly shaken because of where this one took place. “It made me nauseous hearing about the shooting at FSU library,” one alumna tweeted. “I used to study there every night and felt so safe…”

The latest issue of Information Standards Quarterly with a theme of Identity Management is now available on the NISO website in open access. Identity management is critical to ensuring that licensed or owned electronic content is available to those who have rights to it.

According to Publishers WeeklyBiblioBoard has announced a new program to offer bestselling independent and self-published e-books for library lending on a multi-user model. Dubbed the “Indie Rock Stars” module, the program will launch with the participation of some 50 authors, and will include at least 18 New York Times bestselling books and more than 30 award-winning novels. The module will officially launch at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Chicago, on January 30, 2015…”

DBW reports that “four months after HarperCollins launched a pilot program with the ebook bundling start-up BitLit, Elsevier follows suit…” and “kicks off its own BitLit partnership with a pilot of 5,000 titles at three different price points.”


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National Declassification Center has opened Visa Investigation Records of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities, 1946–1951

The National Archives reports that their “National Declassification Center (NDC) has opened to the public Visa Investigation Records of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities, 1946-1951. For the first time, researchers can explore visa files of the American Consulate General in Shanghai, China and view case files that include photos and detailed information about the individuals and families who sought refuge there…”

According to Information TodayIEEE partnered with edX to create a series of global continuing education courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs). As they become available, the courses will be announced on IEEE’s edX website. The first one, ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights, is sponsored by the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). It is now accepting registrations in advance of its launch on Dec. 1, 2014.

According to this press release ther is “a new partnership between Cambridge University Press and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP). From January 2015 the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM) will join the Cambridge Journals list…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library’s website or OPAC. As part of SirsiDynix’s Community Funded Services, a portion of each Buy It Now purchase will be returned to the library, increasing revenue for libraries while providing increased buying options for patrons…”

According to this press release “Elsevier has launched “a new journal: Big Data Research. The first issue is now available for free on ScienceDirect.

Big Data Research was recently launched atthe IEEE International Conference on big data in Washington DC. The journal provides a channel for scholarly communication and applications in this broadening and rapidly evolving field of research. It brings together research from the many different communities working on and with big data and it will include both original research papers and review papers covering e.g. developments in big data science…”

According ot PRWebEBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Al Manhal have extended their partnership to add Al Manhal’s diverse collection of e-books to EBSCO’s collection. Al Manhal’s extensive e-book collection will now be distributed worldwide via the EBSCO eBooks™ platform…”