March 3, 2015

Open Access: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Expands Its Approach to Making Research Results Freely Available For the Public

From the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS released a comprehensive set of plans outlining how its agencies will expand access to the results of scientific research for the public.  These plans were developed in response to a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) memorandum that directed federal research agencies to […]

Slide Presentation: Thinking About the Next Version of EPUB 3.1

From Ivan Herman on the W3C Digital Publishing Activity Blog: Epub 3.1 was released several months ago: that included bug fixes, and ISO wording + backwards compatibility. IDPF is now thinking of the next version, and this was presented, by Markus Gylling, at a recent EDUPUB Symposium in Phoenix. Various features to be added were […]

News Roundup: Items from Duke U. Press, De Gruyter, EBSCO, and Others

1. Duke University Press Brings South End Press Books Back Into Print 2. EBSCO Partners with ByWater Solutions, Enables Interoperability between Discovery and ILS Solutions 3. Wolters Kluwer Deutschland selects De Gruyter as its International Distribution Partner for German-Language eBooks and eJournals 4. UK: What Kids are Reading 2015 Report Now Available 5. Findaway Debuts Playaway […]

Internet: UNESCO Publishes First Draft of New Study on Privacy, Access to Info, Freedom of Expression, and Ethics

The complete title of the study (first public draft) released by UNESCO earlier today at a meeting in Paris is: Keystones To Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies: Access To Information And Knowledge, Freedom Of Expression, Privacy, And Ethics On A Global Internet. From UNESCO: The transnational and multi-dimensional nature of Cyberspace and its growing importance presents […]

Complete Video of U.S. House Hearing: “Ensuring Government Transparency Through FOIA Reform”

A hearing titled, “Ensuring Government Transparency Through FOIA Reform” took place on Friday, February 27, 2014, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. Three witnesses testified before the committee and their prepared statements are linked below: Ms. Miriam Nisbet Former Director Office of Government Information Services National Archives & Records Administration […]

Canadian Government Announces New Open Access Policy for Research

UPDATE: Ontario Council of University Libraries Announces Support for Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications — The plan was formally announced on Thursday, February 27, 2015 in Toronto. From Science.gc.ca: Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for […]

Primary Source Documents: Free Access During March to “History of America in 50 Documents” From Adam Matthew

Note: Users do not need to register for the following resource. Just click and go. From Adam Matthew: From 1st-31st March, Adam Matthew will enable free access to ‘American History in 50 Documents’ fifty hand-picked documents [full image] and associated analysis of their importance from the first module of American History, 1493-1945, sourced exclusively from […]

Fast Facts: “The Most Unique Occupation, State by State” (Data Visualization)

The data visualization embedded below was included in a new article published by Stateline from the Pew Charitable Trusts. From the Article: The state of Hawaii has almost 13 times as many professional dancers than would be expected based on the national average. In New York, there are more than six times as many fashion […]

New Article: “A Bibliometric Mapping of Open Educational Resources”

The following article appears in the latest issue of The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) published by the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta. Title A Bibliometric Mapping of Open Educational Resources Authors Airton Zancanar Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil José Leomar […]

New Article: “Can Only Librarians Do Library Instruction? Collaborating with Graduate Students to Teach Discipline-Specific Information Literacy”

The following peer-reviewed article was published late last week on The Journal of Creative Library Practice web site. Title Can Only Librarians Do Library Instruction? Collaborating with Graduate Students to Teach Discipline-Specific Information Literacy Authors Alexander Watkins Art & Architecture Librarian, University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder Katherine Morrison Arts Education and Regional Services Director, […]