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media - macbook-pixabay*A university is digitizing thousands of wax cylinder records;  *Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries Acquires 12 Millionth Printed Book, Now Digitized and Available Online;  *Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center Digitizes Collection for Online Database;   *CHORUS Signs Agreement With USGS …;  *ALA President commends Simon & Schuster on e-book licensing pilot program;   *Jisc Chooses ProQuest to Deliver Key Ebook Content to UK Further Education colleges;  *OCLC Research’ new compilation represents more than a decade of collaborative user studies research;   *National Science Foundation Establishes Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs*Senate Approves Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Engadget reports that “the University of California, Santa Barbara has an alternative for those whose unusual musical needs can’t be fulfilled by Spotify and similar services. Its library has been digitizing cylinder recordings of 19th to 20th century music, and so far, the official UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive website already has 10,000 tracks you can stream. The library’s latest addition to that pile is comprised of 150 two- to four-minute recordings of Everlasting celluloid cylinders. The cylinder format, which looks like an empty toilet paper roll, is a type of recording medium before the more familiar phonograph record overtook it in popularity…”

According to infoDOCKET “in November 2015 the Bodleian Libraries acquired its 12 millionth printed book: a unique copy of a pamphlet entitled Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, written by ‘a Gentleman of the University of Oxford’ and printed in 1811. The pamphlet was the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), then a student at Oxford University, and now recognised as one of the great English poets of the 19th century…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center has completed a 6-year project to make its collection accessible online. Students, faculty, scholars and the general public can now visit the museum’s website, type in a title, artist, theme or other search criteria, and see high-quality digital images of the majority of the 45,000-plus objects in the collection…

According to this press release, CHORUS …, announced that they have signed an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a science agency for the US Department of the Interior, a federal agency, to work together to implement the plan to increase public access to publications resulting from research funded by USGS. The agreement, which is effective immediately, will help move USGS’s effort to the next phase of their existing public-access framework…”

ebooksThe American Library Association (ALA) and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) welcomed the announcement of Simon & Schuster’s new pilot on library e-book licensing…

OverDrive reports that the pilot provides libraries with the additional option of a two-year lending term for 1.5 times the one-year price, or in other words, offers a 50% discount for the second year.

According to Simon & Schuster, the pilot involves a limited selection of titles (550), including a mix of frontlist and backlist…”

According to Library Technology GuidesProQuest has teamed with Jisc to create a custom ebooks collection that provides key texts for Further Education Institutions across the UK. The move expands the relationship between ProQuest and Jisc that already provides access to more than 400 ebooks to more than 400 colleges across the UK. The new special collection of 73 titles has been created using content from such publishers as Hodder Education, Bloomsbury, Taylor & Francis, and Pearson, and focuses on core subjects on the syllabus for A Level, BTEC and NVQ students…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in theResearch-Report-Cover-Library-Life-User-1 Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviours of library users.

Compiled and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, findings from The Library in the Life of the User articulate the need for the design of future library services to be focused on the library user. The compilation is intended to provide a sequential overview of the findings of user behaviour research for librarians, information scientists, and library and information science students and researchers as they think about new ways to provide user-centered library services…”

Information Today reports that “the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the creation of four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs, which cover all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and have commitments from 250-plus organizations, such as universities, cities, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies…”

Also according to Information Today “the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The House of Representatives is currently considering it. “Critics claim that the law will be a free pass to mass surveillance, and internet users are scrambling to find alternative ways to protect their privacy,” the press release notes.

CISA is intended to protect companies from data breaches by allowing them to share cybersecurity and customer information with the Department of Homeland Security without a warrant. Government agencies will analyze the data and share it with companies to help prevent security breaches…”

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