July 24, 2014

Edanz Launches Online Journal Selector

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Edanz Group, a Beijing-based company that provides English language editing and support services for the worldwide scientific community, has launched a free, online Journal Selector tool aimed at helping scientists and academic researchers find the most appropriate outlets for their articles. The tool is also available as a free widget that can be placed on the websites of interested research libraries.

Ebrary Debuts Integrated Approach to Ebook Acquisition

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Ebrary today announced a three-step approach to ebook acquisition for libraries.  The steps involve libraries transitioning a greater percentage of their budgets from print to electronic, diversifying acquisition models, and streamlining order processes. Acquisition models include subscriptions, such as to the 71,500 volume Academic Complete or the 27,000+ Public Complete collection; patron-driven acquisition, in which […]

Highlights of Highpoint (Public and University Library)

The morning after Charlotte we drove over to Highpoint and visited both the University and Public Libraries. We took way too many videos than we could ever have time to edit and publish but these are some of our favorites. High Point Public library This library has a great teen space called the Teen Garage. […]

Michael Lambert, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and SMCL

I (PC Sweeney) Interviewed my new deputy director who just happens to come from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.  Before going to Charlotte, he worked in San Mateo County Library as the manager of the library branch that I am now the manager of.  He spent about 5 years in Charlotte so he knows all about […]

Academics Object to Class Certification in Google Books Case

University of California, Berkeley, law professor Pamela Samuelson, on behalf of more than 80 academics, sent a letter on Monday to Judge Denny Chin asserting that academic authors should not be included as part of a class authorization in the high profile Google Books case, due to fundamental disagreements between the interests of academics and other types of authors.

Serials Solutions’ Intota Library Management System in Development

During the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, ProQuest unit Serials Solutions released the name of its in-development library management system: Intota. The system, set to be completed next year, aims to provide a unified, web-based tool for libraries to manage selection, acquisition, cataloging, discovery, and fulfillment for both print and electronic content.

California Digital Library Partners with Public Knowledge Project on Open-Access Software Development

The California Digital Library (CDL) on February 7 announced a “major development partnership,” on behalf of the University of California system, with the Public Knowledge Project to help develop its open-source software suite aimed at easing open-access journal publication. The CDL announcement comes as discussion of open access issues is resurging across academia.

Academic Libraries in Europe, Middle East, Africa Adopt In-Development Sierra ILS

Libraries in 13 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa—including several academic libraries in Spain, South Africa, Italy, the United Kingdom, Qatar, and others—have signed on to use Innovative Interfaces’ in-development integrated library system (ILS), the Sierra Services Platform, the company announced today.

DPLA, Syracuse, Library Blogs Take Part in SOPA/PIPA Protest

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Thousands of websites, from major sites like the social news website Reddit, the Internet Archive’s main site, and the English-language version of Wikipedia, to small personal WordPress blogs, have “gone dark” today as part of a coordinated protest against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently in committee in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), scheduled for a Senate vote on January 24. Among the sites taking part are those of Digital Public Library of America and the Syracuse University iSchool, as well as several popular blogs in the library world.

OCLC Unveils New WorldShare Libraries

On January 13, OCLC announced that 28 academic, special, and public libraries had committed to using its cloud-based WorldShare Management Services integrated library system (ILS) since its launch last July, including the University of California, Merced, and the Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy.