May 26, 2016

LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger

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On May 16, the boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace dissolved a planned merger that had been announced on January 27. But executives from the not-for-profit library software and service providers told LJ that four months of formal due diligence and analysis had helped members and leadership from both organizations become more familiar with one another, setting the stage for future collaboration.

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Digital Scholarship Grows Up

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CURRENT POSITION Mellon Digital Scholar, Five Colleges of Ohio, Wooster DEGREE PhD, English, Texas A&M University, 2009 FOLLOW @dr_heil (Twitter); digitalscholarship.ohio5.org; jacobheil.com Photo by Chelsea Carlson LJ Mover & Shaker, Jacob Heil got his PhD in English Literature at Texas A&M, and his dissertation was on Renaissance drama—he’s got a working fluency in Old English. […]

Documenting the Now Builds Social Media Archive

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Partners from three universities across the country have joined forces on a new project, Documenting the Now: Supporting the Scholarly Use and Preservation of Social Media Content, that will collect, archive, and provide access to Twitter feeds chronicling historically significant current events, particularly around issues of social justice.

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Demand-Driven Acquisition Goes Seamless

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As a content workflow consultant, it’s Sharon Palchak’s job to keep turnaways—not being allowed access to an ebook—to a minimum. One way in which she’s able to do this is to help libraries set up their demand-driven acquisition (DDA) program. Although it’s often used in conjunction with other acquisition models, like subscriptions and firm orders, DDA […]

Fracking the Ecosystem | Periodicals Price Survey 2016

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What does fracking have to do with scholarly publishing and journal pricing? While the library financial landscape has improved since the depth of the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, it still cannot be considered robust. As articles such as this one chronicle annual serials price increases, libraries, publishers, and vendors search for innovative ways to fulfill information needs within the finite, predefined budget environment. New business and access models ranging from the initial e-journal big deal packages, article pay per view, open access, mega-journals, and publisher e-journal database pricing have evolved in response to the environment; libraries, publishers, and vendors have merged, consolidated, or disappeared along the way. Just as fracking keeps the oil and gas flowing, these strategies enable the current scholarly publishing ecosystem to extract the necessary resources—intellectual and financial—to survive.

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Rebecca Blakiston’s Key to Library Advocacy

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A decade ago, as a sociology major at the University of Arizona, it was Rebecca Blakiston’s wish to pursue a career that in some way helped people. Then she took an aptitude test that determined she was best suited to be a librarian. She soon began stocking shelves part-time in the library. She could not […]

ER&L Conference Covers Familiar Challenges, New Solutions

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The 11th annual 2016 Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference featured dozens of sessions and workshops on topics including emerging technologies, e-resource management, collection development and assessment, user experience, and organizational strategies. This summary includes just a few of the sessions that LJ had the opportunity to attend.

Latest hoopla Interface Upgrade Includes “Kids Mode,” Advanced Search

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On-demand streaming media, digital comics, and ebook platform hoopla debuted its new 4.0 interface today at the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2016 conference in Denver. Reflecting feedback from libraries and patrons, the new interface includes an advanced search feature enabling discovery of titles from across the platform’s various formats, and a Kids’ Mode feature that instantly weeds out all teen and adult-targeted content to customize the hoopla experience for children.

NCSU Offers Social Media Archives Toolkit for Libraries

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries recently debuted a free, web-based social media archives toolkit designed to help cultural heritage organizations develop social media collection strategies, gain knowledge of ways in which peer institutions are collecting similar content, understand current and potential uses of social media content by researchers, assess the legal and ethical implications of archiving this content, and develop techniques for enriching collections of social media content at minimal cost. Tools for building and enriching collections include NCSU’s Social Media Combine—which pre-assembles the open source Social Feed Manager, developed at George Washington University for Twitter data harvesting, and NCSU’s own open source Lentil program for Instagram—into a single package that can be deployed on Windows, OSX, and Linux computers.

EBSCO, Penguin Random House Partner to Offer Ebooks

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EBSCO Information Services this month announced a partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH), and now offers the publisher’s entire collection of 21,000 fiction and nonfiction ebook titles from leading authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison, and Danielle Steel. PRH ebooks will join titles from big five publisher Hachette, as well as Perseus, Algonquin, Workman, Sourcebook, Lerner, and other publishers, in EBSCO eBooks collections.