Libraries retain more than $1.3 billion in federal funding in massive spending bill passed by Congress;  *Sixty Major German Research Universities Reject Elsevier’s Nationwide Licensing Offer, No Full Text Access Expected on Jan 1st;   *Thousands of Rare Books Left to Trinity College’s Wren Library ;    *Thousands Of WWII Oral Histories Going Online;   *IMLS Works Toward Universal Digital Inclusion;   *Altmetric Unveils Top 100 Research Papers of the Year;  *Figshare partners with Springer Nature to enhance research data discoverability; and  *Future Science Group partners with Publons to recognise peer reviewers plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


ALA News reports that “libraries retained over a billion dollars in federal funding for library-related programs in a stopgap funding package passed by Congress on December 9 to avoid a midnight shutdown of the federal government. The continuing resolution that cleared Friday by the Senate following Thursday’s House approval will allow spending by all arms of the federal government to continue at or near FY2016 levels through April 28, 2017. The President signed the resolution Saturday…”


According to infoDOCKET “more than 60 major German research institutions are to be expected to have no access to the full texts of journals by the publisher Elsevier from 1 January 2017 on, among them Göttingen University with 440 Elsevier journals. There will be access to most archived issues of journals, but there may be  no access to individual e-packages for the economic sciences in particular.


infoDOCKET also reports that “an ‘extraordinary’ private collection of books has been bequeathed to Trinity College’s Wren Library in Cambridge.  More than 7,500 texts were left to the library by Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe – one of the largest bequests in its history.  The vast collection features rare first editions by the poets Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth and Tennyson.

Other fascinating texts include previously unknown manuscripts of Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens.


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “executives at the National World War II Museum say creating a vast online collection of 9,000 existing oral and written histories will take longer than the war was fought: 10 years and $11 million dollars. There’s more than 22,000 hours of audio and video to be handled, thousands of documents to be digitized and millions of words transcribed.

Ultimately, all these firsthand accounts of Pearl Harbor, the D-Day invasion, Germany’s surrender, Hiroshima, the homefront and more will be online…”


According to Information Today “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partnered with the PAST Foundation’s National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) on a pilot project for improving access to online information in the U.S. via the Digital Inclusion Corps (i.e., local digital literacy trainers). Three state library agencies and two museum organizations have joined the pilot to provide corps members to five tribal and rural communities. These members will create digital equity plans for the communities that will address issues such as affordable home and public internet access, low-cost devices, and digital literacy training and technology support…”


Information Today also reports that “Altmetric released its annual Top 100 list of published research papers that have generated significant online attention and discussion from all over the world, including from post-publication peer-review forums, patient advocacy groups, mainstream news media, and social media…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakFigshare, an online digital repository for academic research, has announced a new partnership with Springer Nature to support BioMed Central and SpringerOpen authors who wish to openly share their supplementary data. Figshare is now hosting additional files from more than 300 BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports “Publisher Future Science Group has announced a partnership with Publons, a website that allows experts to track, verify and receive recognition for every peer review they perform, a vital service that often goes unrecognised. Peer review of journal articles is a vital step in the publication process, underpinning the quality of published work…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources