February 22, 2018

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Tightens Requirement From ‘As Soon as Possible’ to ‘Immediate’ Open Access

From the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): NWO will tighten its granting conditions in the area of Open Access with effect from 1 December. In concrete terms this means that all publications emerging from a ‘call for proposals’ published by NWO after this date must be immediately accessible to everybody from the moment of […]

New Data: 3.2 Billion People Now Online, Mobile-Cellular Subscriptions Reach Almost 7.1 Billion Worldwide, Over 95% Global Population Now Covered by a Mobile-Cellular Signal

From the International Telecommunication Union (ITU): ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report, released today, reveals that 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population, while mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, with over 95% of the global population now covered by a mobile-cellular signal. The report also […]

News Roundup (Items From/About Altmetric, ORCID, NLM, MeSH, Wikimedia Foundation, OCLC)

1. ORCID Functionality Now Available in the Altmetric Explorer 2. MeSH 2016 — Implications for LocatorPlus, NLM Catalog, and the NLM Classification 3. Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland Urge Reiss Engelhorn Museum to Reconsider Suit Over Public Domain Works of Art and German Museum Sues Wikimedia Foundation Over Photos Of Public Domain Works Of Art (via […]

New Interactive Resource For U.S. Health Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Launches Statistics Website

From Today’s Announcement: The CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] program Statistics website replaces the former Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement, which was published annually in electronic form from 2001-2013. The website will include over 100 detailed, easy-to-access data tables on national health care, Medicare populations, utilization, and expenditures, as well as counts for […]

Digital Preservation: Craig Van Dyck Named New Executive Director at CLOCKSS


From a CLOCKSS Announcement: CLOCKSS – the long-term preservation service for scholarly communications – has named Craig Van Dyck as its new Executive Director, effective immediately. Van Dyck has worked in scholarly publishing for 37 years, most recently at John Wiley and prior to that at Springer-Verlag New York. He has participated in many industry […]

Budget Concerns For University of Minnesota Libraries

From The Minnesota Daily: The Twin Cities campus’ own library system is projected to take a budget cut this year. In their current state, it will be difficult for the 13 campus libraries to shrink their budget, library leaders say. Last fiscal year the library also ran into monetary trouble. While their budget was not […]

New Article: “Case Study on Cloud Based Library Software as a Service: Evaluating EZproxy”

A new paper by researchers in New Zealand. Title Case Study on Cloud Based Library Software as a Service: Evaluating EZproxy Authors Emre Erturk Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand Robert Iles Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand Source via arXiv Abstract There is a growing relationship between academic libraries and cloud computing. Therefore, understanding […]

Public/Open Access: CHORUS and National Science Foundation (NSF) Announce Research Dissemination Agreement

From CHORUS: The new agreement is in accordance with the NSF public access plan, which was released on March 18, 2015. NSF’s public access plan is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity. [Clip] NSF will employ the CHORUS […]

National Federation of the Blind and Scribd Agree to Collaborate to Make Reading Subscription Service Accessible to the Blind

From the NFB News Release: The National Federation of the Blind and Scribd, Inc. have agreed to work together to provide access and make content available in Scribd’s subscription reading service and website accessible to the blind by the end of 2017. Available on desktop and mobile devices, Scribd’s service provides users access to ebooks, […]

Video: Project Presentations From Toronto Public Library Open Data Hackathon (November 2015)

On November 14-15, 2015 the Toronto Public Library held an open data hackathon. In their own words: If you love the library or want to learn more about the library, this two-day hackathon gives you an opportunity to use and build your skills, network, and brainstorm ideas that support Toronto Public Library’s next chapter. Below, […]