searching drawing-196803_1280UKSG Transfer Code of Practice to be Maintained by NISO; ARL Strategic Thinking and Design Report Charts New Course for Research Libraries; Ford Foundation Requires Creative Commons Licenses for Funded Projects; University Spending on Research Was Up Slightly in 2013; Texas A&M Librarians Present Plan To Reduce Textbook Costs; Newly Launched Posen Digital Library From Yale University Press; RUSA announces 2015 book and media awards for adults; Closing the gender gap in tech; John Wiley & Sons announces transition of three journals to Wiley Open Access; and PeerJ launches new OA journal – PeerJ Computer Science.


According to this press release “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and UKSG announce that the Transfer Code of Practice will now be supported and maintained by NISO. The Code provides voluntary guidelines for publishers to follow when transferring journal titles between parties to ensure that the journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers. NISO has republished Transfer version 3.0 as a NISO Recommended Practice (NISO RP-24-2015) and will move all supporting documentation to the NISO website. A NISO Standing Committee has been established to manage the ongoing support of the Transfer Code of Practice…”

According to ARL E-News “ARL has released the final report on the Strategic Thinking and Design work (PDF) that the Association undertook from the fall of 2013 through the spring of 2014… The report includes a detailed description of the innovative process as well as the Framework and the System of Action that emerged from the process.

ARL E-News also reports that “the Ford Foundation has adopted a policy, effective February 1, that requires its grantees and consultants to use the Creative Commons license CC-BY 4.0 for all projects and research funded by the foundation. Materials resulting from these funded projects and research will be available free of charge, requesting permission to reuse the materials will not be required, and individuals will be able to copy, redistribute, and adapt the materials, provided they give appropriate credit to the original author…

MONEY CASE 5University Spending on Research Was Up Slightly in 2013

According to Inside HigherED “new data released by the National Science Foundation show that research and development spending by universities — from all sources — edged up slightly, to $67.2 billion in 2013. When adjusted for inflation, that reflects an increase of less than half of a percent. The largest source of funds was the federal government, at $39.5 billion…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “Texas A&M librarians are working toward securing more free textbooks for students while allowing thousands of research papers to be read by the public, marking two goals discussed at a weekend workshop aimed at encouraging open access initiatives at SEC schools…”

InfoDOCKET also notes that “Yale University Press has launched the Posen Digital Library, which makes available online the artworks, literary works, and artifacts from The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.

Created by Yale University Press and the Posen Foundation, the 10-volume Posen Library collects the best of Jewish culture from throughout the ages, from biblical times to the present…”

ALANews reports that The Reference and User Services Association announced the top books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and genre; audio books; and reference books for adults – including the Notable Books List, Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, Listen List, Dartmouth Medal and Outstanding Reference Sources… 

According to  O’Reilly Radar “the gender gap in tech is not news, but here’s what is: it’s shrinking. In O’Reilly’s latest report — Women in Data: Cutting-Edge Practitioners and Their Views on Critical Skills, Background, and Education — female data practitioners discuss their work, their achievements, and the attitudes that have propelled them forward to career success.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that Global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the transition of three journals to the Wiley Open Access publishing program, bringing the total number of Wiley’s open access titles to 47. From January 1, 2015, all published articles in Conservation Letters, Thoracic Cancer and The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine will be open access and free to view, download and share.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “open access publisher PeerJ has announced the launch of PeerJ Computer Science, a cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. The journal will start accepting preprints on February 3rd and peer-review articles on February 12th, which is also PeerJ’s two-year anniversary of publishing in the biological and medical sciences…”