News You Need to Start the Week

by | Mar 8, 2015 | 0 comments

news-pixabayButler Libraries go digital; Univ. of Virginia Press and Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Announce Digitization Project; New Online Database Captures Singapore’s Rich Biodiversity; The National Archives celebrates 800th anniversary of the Magna CartaSPARC announces theme for 8th International Open Access Week; Backstage Library Works preserves more than 19,000 pages of theatre history for Ohio State University; Scotland’s Historic Artefacts Go Online; Google Cultural Institute launches in Australia; European Court Upholds Higher VAT for E-Books–For Now; Springer starts pilot project on Linked Open Data; ProQuest Advances Genealogical Research with HeritageQuest Online; LIBROS academic library consortium is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services; Innovative pledges support to Libhub Initiative.

According to the Butler Collegian, “Butler University Libraries is joining with academic libraries across Indiana in a move to consolidate their collections.

At Butler, the University Libraries staff is working with data and faculty to determine which areas of the collection can be eliminated.

Two organizations are leading this initiative: the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana and the Academic Libraries of Indiana. In 2013, the philanthropic organization Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the two organizations $225,000 to pursue this initiative, called the Shared Print Collection Project.

The project compares the holdings of 35 participating academic libraries, a total which amounts to around 7 million volumes…”

Citing The News Leader (Staunton, VA) InfoDOCKET reports that, “in collaboration with the University of Virginia Press, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation is embarking on a digitization project to preserve Wilson’s collection of notes and materials. The Woodrow Wilson Project will gather these documents in one place, memorialize them and make them accessible for everyone. The process is expected to take several years…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “a new online database has been launched compiling research on how Singapore’s flora and fauna interact with each other.

Called Animals and Plants of Singapore, it is managed by Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and went live on the museum’s website this month.

Users can click on an animal and find links to information on the plants or animals it feeds on – though work on the site is ongoing and not all species have links in place yet…”

The National Archives celebrates the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta this year with the display of an original 1297 Magna Carta on loan from David Rubenstein, the rare loan to the United Kingdom of a document inspired by the Magna Carta, a featured document display, special programs, and the first-ever visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the National Archives!…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced that the theme for this year’s 8th International Open Access Week will be ‘Open for Collaboration.’ The theme highlights the ways in which collaboration both inspires and advances the Open Access movement-from the partnerships behind launching initiatives such as PLOS and ImpactStory, to the working relationships the community has established with policymakers that have delivered Open Access policies around the world…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Backstage Library Works ( announced today the successful preservation digitization of 15 large scrapbook volumes from the Leffingwell collection documenting American theatre performance from the late 19th century through 1922. Digitization included loose items, oversized, heavy and acidic materials mounted on tissue paper, two-page spreads with items pasted across book gutters, and mounted theatre playbills containing multiple leaves. The Leffingwell scrapbooks vary in size and are held by The Ohio State University’s Lawrence & Lee Theatre Research Institute library…

And in more database news, InfoDOCKET notes that “Historic Scotland has launched an online database cataloguing 400 objects from dozens of historic sites in Scotland. Artefacts, paintings and items spanning 2,000 years are available to view at the touch of a button. The searchable online gallery includes the story of each item on display.

Resource Shelf reports that Google has worked closely with Australian cultural institutions “to bring some of our finest cultural

by Anthony Winning [CC BY-SA 3.0} via Wikipedia

by Anthony Winning [CC BY-SA 3.0} via Wikipedia

and artistic treasures to the world. Many of our national collecting institutions will now be accessible online including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

A rich collection of artistic and cultural works from state-based institutions has also been captured including the Queensland Museum, Sydney Opera House and the State Library of New South Wales….

According to Shelf Awareness “the European Court of Justice ruled … that for tax purposes an e-book is not a book, the Wall Street Journal reported. The decision is is another step in closing loopholes that, among other things, have allowed Amazon to sell products for lower prices than rivals in parts of the European Union…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Springer has now opened selected metadata from conference publications, heeding the European Commission’s call for promoting open data. The term Linked Open Data (LOD) refers to structured, machine-readable data, which more and more researchers and librarians are now using in their work. Springer belongs to the vanguard of LOD providers and has assumed a leading role among those publishers offering semantically searchable data…”

According to Library Technology Guides, “ProQuest is offering “a new version of its popular HeritageQuest® Online, a treasury of high quality genealogical and historical information. This authoritative family history resource, which can be accessed from the library or remotely through the library portal, has a new interface powered by Ancestry, enriching the search experience and streamlining the research process…”

Also “Library Technology Guides reports that “LIBROS, the consortium of 17 academic libraries in New Mexico, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management solution.

And lastly, Library Technology Guides notes that  “Innovative announced today its sponsorship of the Libhub Initiative, which encourages industry-wide focus on the visibility of library resources on the Web. With enabling technologies such as linked data and shared vocabularies such as and BIBFRAME, the Libhub Initiative will exponentially expand data linking among libraries and the greater Web…”





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