April 15, 2014

Exciting! NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

From the National Library of Medicine: Representatives of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Wellcome Trust recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make thousands of complete back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available online. The terms of the MOU include a donation of £750,000 ($1.2 million) to the NLM […]

Guy Berthiaume Appointed as Librarian and Archivist of Canada

From Library and Archives Canada: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014. Dr. Berthiaume has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since […]

NLW 14: SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to 7 Information Science and 83 Education Journals Until the End of This Month

Some more freebies to share as National Library Week gets underway. You’ll need to register for a free SAGE account but this only takes about minute or two. Once your registration is complete all of the journals listed below can be accessed for free until the end of April 2014.  Create an Account and/or Register […]

New Full Text Reference Resource From US PIRG: “Affordable Textbooks: A Policy Guide”

The new policy guide was published about a week ago by U.S. PIRG (United States Public Interest Research Group) Education Fund And The Student PIRGS. The purpose of this guide is to provide policy guidance to thought leaders and decision-makers from all levels of institutions and government – from individual campuses considering policies that support open textbook […]

Open Educational Resources: Online Course Materials to Reduce Costs for Alberta Students

From Global News: The Open Educational Resources Initiative has been in the works for a few years. Through the initiative, more educational resources such as textbooks, modules, lesson plans, and multi-media materials will be made available for students online. [Clip] While the details of the program have yet to be solidified, the initiative will be […]

“Inside the Digital Public Library of America”: A Presentation by DPLA Founding Executive Director Dan Cohen at OCLC HQ (Video)

Here are video and slides from a recent presentation that we believe will be of interest to many of you. On March 7th, Digital Public Library of American Executive Director, Dan Cohen gave a presentation at OCLC HQ in Dublin, Ohio titled, “Inside the Digital Public Library of America.” The talk was part of the OCLC […]

Business Reference: Beta Release of Workforce Statistics Analysis Tool from U.S. Census

From the United States Census: The U.S. Census Bureau is unveiling a new Web-based analysis tool that provides access to the full Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset. The tool – named QWI Explorer – includes measures on employment, job creation and destruction, hires and wages from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. QWI Explorer allows users to compare, rank and […]

Take a Look at a New Promo Video For the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

Many of you have told us over the years that you find posts that point to library promotional tools, videos, etc. interesting and sometimes useful. With that in mind, here’s a new video from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Blurb: “The most efficient way of getting access to whatever knowledge and information I need”: […]

HathiTrust Research Center Announces Recipients of Prototyping Project Awards

From the HT March 2014 Update. The HathiTrust Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 4 prototyping project awards, granted as part of the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and directed by J. Stephen Downie (PI), Tim Cole (co-PI), and Beth Plale (co-PI). Each […]

The Harvard Library is Adopting Ex Libris Primo as Discovery System

From The Harvard Library The Harvard Library, following an extensive review of discovery systems, will adopt the Primo discovery and delivery system from Ex Libris. Discovery systems were evaluated by the Discovery Platform Investigation working group. The following major components formed the basis of the assessment: Ease of use/intuitive interface Coherent aggregation of local, licensed and open […]