November 26, 2014

CRL, CRKN, and JISC Form Partnership to Explore Challenges in Acquisition and Preservation of E-Resources

From the Centers for Research Libraries (CRL): Recently CRL collection development staff met with the senior leadership of two major national site licensing organizations: the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Joint Information Steering Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council, UK (JISC Collections). The meeting was to explore the special challenges of licensing and […]

New Interactive Maps Reveal London’s History in Unprecedented Detail

From the JISC Web Site: Locating London’s Past is a new JISC-funded website that lets users delve deep into the capital’s past, revolutionising our understanding of London’s history. The website is the first to map information from a vast array of sources, covering: crime and punishment the distribution of wealth, poverty and occupations the ownership […]

New British Library, JISC Agreements for Elsevier and Taylor & Francis

From The Bookseller: Elsevier and Taylor & Francis have both signed agreements with the British Library which aim to improve the speed of delivery of documents to non-commercial readers abroad. The agreement requires end-users and not-for-profit libraries to monitor whether articles are being used commercially or non-commercially, with the articles supplied under the new agreement […]

New From JISC and Open Humanities Project: "Launch of 'Living' Books Breaks Barriers Between Humanities and Science"

From the JISC Web Site: A series of 21 ‘living books’ has been launched online as part of a pioneering initiative designed to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. The Living Books About Life series is written and produced by humanities scholars from universities across the world – from the UK and […]

UK: Martyn Harrow Appointed New Head of JISC

From a JISC Announcement: Martyn Harrow, Director of Information Services at Cardiff University, has been appointed as Head of JISC for a fixed term of 9-18 months from 1 February 2012. Martyn will succeed Dr Malcolm Read who retires as Head of JISC in January 2012 after 18 years in post. Martyn will see the […]

OAPEN-UK: New Project Will Look at Challenges of Open Access Scholarly Monograph Publishing

From the Program Announcement (via JISC): The academic monograph is under threat. Increased costs and lower print runs are impacting on the principle means by which researchers share their knowledge and disseminate their findings. The gold standard for academic excellence in many disciplines, the effective dissemination of the monograph has major implications for the UK’s […]

New UK Digitisation Projects: "Skeletons, English Place Names and Health Reports to Go Online" (24 Projects in All)

From a JISC Announcement: JISC will be investing £5.6 million in 24 projects across 30 universities and cultural heritage organisations to bring selected archives out of the vaults and onto computer screens, specifically with the aim of creating resources for wide educational use. These archives will be publicly accessible too which means citizens scientists, school […]

UK’s First Open Access Full-Text Search Engine to Aid Research

From JISC: Open access research is now more accessible as JISC has developed a new search engine to help academics, students and the general public navigate papers held in the UK’s open access repositories. JISC has funded the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) to create an innovative new search facility which searches not just […]

Digitization: New: "Ancient Music Books Accessible to All" (Early Music Online)

From Royal Holloway, University of London: Fragile treasures of 16th Century music are now freely available online, thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library and JISC. The Early Music Online project has digitised more than 300 books of the world’s earliest printed music from holdings at the British Library. […]

New From Ithaka S+R: Research Support Services for Scholars

From an Ithaka S+R Announcement: Ithaka S+R is pleased to announce a new program, Research Support Services for Scholars, that will comprise a series of discipline-specific research projects aimed to provide critically needed research about the evolving behavior and needs of scholars to the information support service providers who work with them. Based on this […]