A ‘Moon Shot’ for Libraries; *Concordia University ventures into open access book publishing; *PG Wodehouse Secures Redemption as British Library Acquires Priceless Archive; *CIA Releases New Digital Collection of Declassified Maps; *Kudos and Helsinki University Library partner to strengthen research support services; and *University of British Columbia Library joins OLH LPS model; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
Inside Higher ED reports that Chris Bourg, director of libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has presented “a report on “The Future of Libraries,” … the outcome of a year’s worth of conversations between faculty members, staffers and students at MIT. While its findings and recommendations are still preliminary, the report presents a vision of the library as an “open global platform” that gives people (regardless of whether they are affiliated with MIT) access to information that can help them solve global challenges such as increasing access to clean water or discovering new clean energy sources.
In a follow-up interview last week, Bourg described the report as a “moon shot” for libraries…”
According to this press release “At a time when publishers and libraries are grappling with economic pressures, Concordia University has jumped into the fray, launching its own scholarly press that will operate out of the university library.
Concordia University Press is Quebec’s first fully open access academic press and will publish books in English and French. The goal, according to university librarian Guylaine Beaudry and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Little, is to create a sustainable operation for research dissemination in the arts, humanities and social sciences by offering online access to ebooks free of charge.
Also according to infoDOCKET “in honor of the (CIA Cartography) Center’s 75th anniversary this year, the agency has released a remarkable collection of declassified maps that illustrate—and perhaps even played a role in—many significant events in U.S. history…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak “Kudos, … has announced that Helsinki University is the latest university to sign up for Kudos for Institutions. The University, a member of the League of European Research Universities, will use Kudos to strengthen its research support services and help to maintain its high profile and rankings.
According to this press release the University of British Columbia Library announces that it “has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system…
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee…”