search_boxMontana College Libraries Asking Legislature For $1.79 Million; Backstage RDA enrichment efforts exceed 60 million records; AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Drug Database From NLM, A New Health Reference App Available for Android and iOS; Open Library of Humanities: Submissions For Megajournal Open & Wellcome Trust Joins OLH Library Partnership Subsidy; Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Library Chiefs Announce Expansion of Library Hotspot Program Through Google Donation; FOIA Reform Gets Key Senate Endorsement; LexisNexis Continues Its Partnership With U.S. Judiciary System; Wolters Kluwer Health integrates Lexicomp Online with Facts & Comparisons Off-Label, VisualDx drug eruption content; Elsevier Foundation announces 2015 grant recipients; and CRL and partners release revised LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement.

According to InfoDOCKET “Montana’s university librarians are planning to push the 2015 Legislature for $1.79 million so that college students statewide can access much more information by the click of a mouse.

Kenning Arlitsch, the soft-spoken dean of libraries at Montana State University, said the money would be used to create a statewide system of electronic library collections that would benefit Montana’s 45,000 college students.

Library Technology Guides reports that Backstage Library Works has seen significant growth in requests for its customizable RDA enrichment services. To date, Backstage has enriched more than 60 million bibliographic records with RDA elements for more than 60 client libraries…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that AIDSinfo, a collaboration of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US National Library of Medicine, announces the release a new app, theAIDSinfo Drug App.Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs.

In addition InfoDOCKET reports “two Items from the Open Library of Humanities. 1. Submissions Open OLH is now open for submissions to its new megajournal, which covers the humanities disciplines. The submission platform, developed by Ubiquity Press, is based upon PKP’s excellent Open Journal Systems, but has been extensively modified to accommodate the editorial flow that is needed in a highly-distributed, large-scale system.

No Shelf Required reports that “Mayor William de Blasio, New York City’s three library systems, and Google today announced a $1 million donation from Google for an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home.The Library Hotspot program gives families, many lacking broadband access, the opportunity to borrow free Wi-Fi devices from their local libraries. The program was successfully piloted by The New York Public Library over the summer, when families at four branches in the Bronx and Staten Island were able to borrow devices for months at a time.

According to Information Today “the current lame-duck congressional session may end up producing an overdue and substantial reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), if recent actions in the U.S. Senate are any indication. On Nov. 20, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved an amended version of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 (Senate Bill 2520), which is now poised to go before the full Senate in December. A similar bill, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 (House Bill 1211), was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with wide bipartisan support earlier in 2014.

law file000704919536LexisNexis Continues Its Partnership With U.S. Judiciary System

Information Today also reports that “the Administrative Office of the United States Courts awarded LexisNexis Legal & Professional a 5-year contract to continue providing the courts, federal defenders, and probation and pretrial offices across the country with access to LexisNexis’ proprietary and exclusive content, tools, resources, and workflow solutions. This includes primary and secondary legal, nonlegal, news, and public records content…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Lexicomp® OnlineTM, its hospital-wide referential drug information solution, now includes … Facts & Comparisons® Off-Label database and VisualDx® drug eruption content. The enhancements are part of an ongoing integration of Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information solutions to deliver to clinicians extensive medication decision support at the point of care…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the Elsevier Foundation has announced its 2015 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars Programs. In total $600.000 has been committed for 2015 that will support various multiyear projects in over 20 countries in the developing world. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by STM publisher Elsevier…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), in collaboration with several partners, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has released the major upgrade of an important tool for library investment in electronic resources: a revised LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement. The new model license incorporates the best practices of the library profession and the best advice of legal and publishing professionals…”