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Elliott Shore Edits E-Content Department of EDUCAUSE Review, Focuses on Coherence at Scale

elliott-shoreElliott ShoreThis month, ARL executive director Elliott Shore begins a one-year term as editor of the E-Content department of EDUCAUSE Review, EDUCAUSE’s bimonthly magazine about IT and higher education. Under Shore’s leadership in 2014, the E-Content columns will explore different aspects of the work of the Committee on Coherence at Scale, a group sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Vanderbilt University. The committee is analyzing emerging national-scale digital projects and their potential to help transform higher education in terms of scholarly productivity, teaching, cost-efficiency, and sustainability. The committee aims to ensure the programmatic, concerted, and efficient development of large-scale projects that, if built as coherent elements of an emerging digital environment, will significantly enhance scholarly productivity and enrich teaching.

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Metadata Games Crowdsources Data Collection through Gaming

black-and-white-photo-of-childrenimage © Metadata GamesOn January 22, Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College launched Metadata Games, a digital gaming platform for gathering data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. The platform encourages players to explore humanities content while contributing to vital records. Metadata Games enables archivists, librarians, data scientists, and others to gather and analyze information for digital media archives in new ways. The platform is free, open source software developed by Tiltfactor Laboratory, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). To learn more, to try some of the games, and to get invovled in the project, visit the Metadata Games website.

 

Edge Initiative for Public Library Technology Assessment Launches

free-to-the-people-on-carnegie-lib-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilThe Edge Initiative, a new leadership and management tool for libraries that want to improve their public technology services, invites participation by public libraries across the United States. As of January 22, interested public libraries may sign up via the Edge website.

Participating libraries will use Edge to complete an assessment of their public access technology services. Edge provides additional tools and training for libraries to make improvements and better serve their communities.

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Appropriations Bill Restores Some Funding, Requires Public Access to Federally Funded Research

us-capitol-snowy-duskimage © Katie HarbathThe US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 16 approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which will fund the federal government through FY 2014. President Obama signed the legislation, averting yet another government shut down. The Consolidated Appropriations Act restores some but not all of the budget lines cut in the sequester.

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Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments Passed by House

blue boxes of presidential recordsimage © Michael WallaceOn January 14, the US House of Representations unanimously approved the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. The legislation, H.R. 1233, updates selected provisions of the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act. For example, the bill imposes a time limit during which a former president must assert any claim of privilege to a record once the Archivist of the United States has decided to make that record available to the public. The amendments also call for a process to manage the release of records when such a claim of privilege is made.

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ARL Strategic Design Meeting Convenes at GWU

gwu-gelman-lib-entrance-floorimage © GWUARL’s strategic thinking and design process continues to make headway. Martha Kyrillidou reports on the regional design meeting hosted by the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC, in December. She notes the Washingtonian nature of this group of participants, including staff from “federal library and archival agencies—such as the Smithsonian Libraries, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH)—as well as the DC Public Library, Montgomery College Libraries, and the libraries of such universities as GWU, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia.” She observes:

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U Montréal Cancels Subscriptions to 76% of Serials in Wiley Online Library

u-montreal-pavillon-roger-gaudryimage © Université de MontréalOn January 14, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.

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Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

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Spring into LibQUAL+® with Conference Call Series—Register Now

desert-dandelionsimage © Dawn EndicoARL is offering a series of free Skype calls designed to support LibQUAL+ survey administrators and to help administrators share expertise with one another. Online registration for the “Spring into LibQUAL+” Skype series is now open for five calls to be held from January through March 2014.

The calls will be hosted by Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of ARL statistics and service quality programs, and Amy Yeager, library relations coordinator for statistics and assessment at ARL.

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Ghaouti, Ulmschneider Elected to SPARC Steering Committee

loubna-ghaouti-and-john-ulmschneiderLoubna Ghaouti and John Ulmschneider, images © Laval and VCUSPARC’s voting membership has selected two individuals to serve on the SPARC Steering Committee for three-year terms running from January 2014 through December 2016: Loubna Ghaouti of Université Laval and John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). For more details, including a list of continuing members of the SPARC Steering Committee and a list of members whose terms concluded in 2013, see “2014 SPARC Steering Committee Election Results.”

 
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