February 22, 2018

California Digital Library Renews With Elsevier, 5 Year Deal for Science Direct Journals + Some Ebooks and 1 Year Scopus Trial

From the California Digital Library/CDLNews (University of California Libraries): CDL has completed a favorable negotiation with Elsevier to renew the Science Direct journals for 2014-2018. The agreement continues UC’s strong record of excellent long-term cost control for this important package. Science Direct is the largest journals package for co-investment by the UC libraries with over […]

Library/Publisher Collaboration: Greater Western Library Alliance, Texas Tech, U. of Hawaii, and Springer Partner on eBook ILL Pilot

From GWLA: The Occam’s Reader Project – comprised of Texas Tech University, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) – and Springer have entered into an agreement to run a pilot program [a one-year project] with GWLA’s 33 members, focused on eBook interlibrary loans (ILL). [Our emphasis] This is […]

Fast Facts: Roy Tennant on “The Most Edited Records in WorldCat”

Roy Tennant at OCLC Research has yet another interesting post for all library data geeks now available on the Hangingtogether.org blog. This time Roy does some data mining and provides us with a list of the most edited records in the WorldCat database. After explaining how this research came about Tennant writes: …I looked into […]

University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Library Undergoing $4.4 Million Makeover

UPDATE We’ve Updated This Post with the Full Text of the Renovation Proposal Document (75 pages). It’s Embedded Below. From the The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) (via Google Cache) The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s library [located in Memphis] is undergoing a $4.4 million makeover for the digital age. [Clip] The printed journals [about 100 […]

The Library of Congress Debuts New Online Collection: “Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond”


From The Library of Congress: To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, the Library of Congress presents an exploration of cosmology, planetary science, and astrobiology that span across the breadth of its collections and offers a first glimpse into Carl Sagan’s papers. This online collection […]

Reference: New Open Data Tool Allows Comparisons of Country Education Policies Around the World

From TECHPRESIDENT: The World Bank launched last week an open data portal called the Systems Approach for Better Education Results or SABER, which has so far collected data from 100 countries on education policies and institutions. Officials can use the tool to gather and analyze information on their own education systems and compare them with […]

Open Access Roundup: First SCOAP3 Articles Online; Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Welcomes Three New Members

1. First Articles Sponsored by SCOAP3 Initiative Now Online From the SCOAP3 Web Site: The first Open Access articles sponsored by the SCOAP3 international initiative are now available. Almost 400 articles have already appeared in the first three weeks of 2014 in the journals of participating publishers The first 2014 issues of four large High-Energy […]

Info Standards: Five Presentations From NISO Membership Update at ALA Midwinter 2014

Here are five slide decks of presentations given at the National Information Standards Organization Membership Meeting held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Additional materials on this NISO web page. NISO's Standards Update & Annual Membership Meeting from National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Open Access Metadata Indicators – NISO Update […]

Cooperation: Library of Congress and OCLC Sign Agreement For Enhanced Access to Cataloging Services and Applications

From a Joint Announcement: The Library of Congress and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) have signed a cooperative agreement that will allow mutual subscribers seamless access between the Library’s Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web subscription services and OCLC’s WebDewey and WorldShare Metadata Manager subscription services. The Library of Congress’s Cataloging Distribution Service publishes its […]

Science Reference: First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

From the Biofresh Blog: A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity representing spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the land-mark Water Lives symposium bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats: they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate […]