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US Major research library organisations meet to discuss international collaboration - 29 Mar 2016

The first joint meeting of five of the world’s most prominent academic and research library organisations took place at the British Library in London on March 8, 2016, ahead of the Research Libraries UK Conference. The meeting gathered together the elected leaders and executive directors of the Association of Research Libraries (US and Canada), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries/Association des Bibliothèques de Recherche du Canada, the Council of Australian University Librarians, Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries and Research Libraries UK.

Lively discussion centered on the potential for strategic, collaborative approaches to the rapidly changing landscape of research libraries and that of the publishing and scholarly communications environment.

Key issues emerging included how to ensure that research libraries meet the diverse disciplinary needs of their faculty and research users; the importance of research data and curation; preservation of the scholarly record, and the challenge of digital obsolescence; reforms to intellectual property and licensing regimes; the open access agenda—how to make scholarly publishing work more effectively and sustainably; transparency and accountability in agreements with publishers of scholarly journals; and the challenge of conveying the value and expertise of research libraries in the increasingly virtual realm.

While the group was initially established as an informal forum, participants were stimulated by the concordant themes raised and were unanimous in their commitment to seeding an international alliance. The group will seek to identify priorities for joint attention and action over the next few months. Follow-up meetings are already being planned, and the group will seek to take concrete proposals to the respective boards of the five organizations in due course.

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US Library Journal and NoveList announce LibraryAware Community Award recipients - 29 Mar 2016

Three communities are recipients of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky was the first place recipient; the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library entered jointly and took second place; and the third place went to Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island.

The award recognises model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life-long learners and library users. The Louisville Free Public Library is a model of this goal as a leader in improving the overall literacy of its community, from children to adults, and supporting life-long learning for residents. Through a deep awareness of community needs, collaborating with partners, and innovative programming, the Louisville Free Public Library provides the residents of the Louisville community with broad access to knowledge, ideas and information to support them in their pursuit of learning throughout their lives.

The three joint winners, the Queens Library, New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library have been selected in recognition for their work in partnership with the NYC Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs and for their role in the implementation of IDNYC, a municipal identification card. This program provides a way for undocumented immigrants, teens and others without access to official photo ID to get alternative identification. It serves as a model for the place of the library in a community, to provide everyone in that community with easy access to information and the opportunity to learn. As of January 2016, more than 250,000 people have been enrolled in IDNYC through these three outstanding public library systems.

The Cranston Public Library was recognised for its deep understanding of the evolving needs of its community and reflecting those needs in their programs and policies. Seeing an increase in the number of residents speaking languages other than English at home, the CPL in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative began offering ESL classes in a variety of levels and continues to seek out partnerships that will provide for future residents. Cranston Public Library not only adapted to meet the needs of the community at present, but also anticipates the needs of the future.

The LibraryAware Community Award is given annually to a community of any size and its library. Criteria for award include any and all components that create a LibraryAware community: strategic planning, marketing, outreach, partnerships, and programs, product or service development. The award emphasizes the library's engagement with the community its ability to make its community 'aware' of what the library can do for it - and has delivered on that promise. Libraries were also required to include one letter of recommendation from a representative from local government such as a city manager.

The 2016 winners are also featured in an article in Library Journal. The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library.

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US OCLC Research names Dr. Rebecca Bryant as Senior Program Officer - 29 Mar 2016

OCLC Research has announced the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Bryant as a Senior Program Officer in June. In this position, Rebecca will lead and develop areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management, contributing to the thematic focus on Research Collections and Support.

Rebecca now serves as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she has led a campus-wide effort to implement the Elsevier Pure research information management system (RIMS), rebranded locally as Illinois Research Connections. She previously served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide.

Prior to ORCID, she spent a decade in the University of Illinois Graduate College as Assistant Dean leading a diverse set of operations and initiatives, including the establishment of graduate career services and postdoctoral affairs, as well as oversight of academic policies. She has extensive experience defining and launching new technology initiatives within the research university setting, including Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and serving as a project leader on the system-wide Banner ERP implementation team at Illinois.

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UK Wellcome Trust criticises publishers over failure to deposit papers in the right OA repository and properly attribute them with a creative commons licence - 29 Mar 2016

The Wellcome Trust has reportedly warned big publishers that it could refuse to provide researchers with funds to publish in certain types of their journals unless they improve their service and lower their costs. Publishers Elsevier and Wiley have been singled out as often failing to put papers in the right open access repository and appropriately attribute them with a creative commons licence.

This was a particular problem with hybrid journals, which include a combination of open access and subscription-based articles. An analysis of 2014-15 papers funded by Wellcome and five other medical research bodies found that more than half of articles published in Wiley hybrid journals were 'non-compliant' with depositing and licensing requirements. For Elsevier the non-compliance figure was 31 per cent for hybrid journals and 26 per cent for full open access. On the contrary, for PLOS, which only publishes full open access journals, all papers were compliant.

Wellcome said it had had meetings with Elsevier and Wiley to make them aware of the problem and make sure it did not continue to happen. Following this, both publishers had retrospectively put papers in the right repositories.

Overall, the funding bodies had paid publishers an article processing charge (APC) for nearly 400 articles which had not subsequently appeared in the PubMed Central (PMC) open access repository.

In addition, the Wellcome Trust found that APCs were 51 per cent more expensive in hybrid than in full open access journals. The report concludes that a number of research funders, including the Norwegian Research Council and the German Research Foundation, had stopped funding APCs for hybrid journals because of these problems.

While Wellcome has not yet resorted to such actions, it said "doing nothing is no longer a valid option". The trust will re-run a similar analysis in May, and if papers are still found to be non-compliant, the funding body has said that it will need to re-consider the ways in which they make payments for APCs.

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France A&A Journal and EDP Sciences launch Writing Studio to support authors - 29 Mar 2016

Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) Journal and EDP Sciences, have announced the launch of Writing Studio, a unique collaborative writing LaTex solution designed to simplify the process of writing an article collaboratively on a single version of a paper. Reinforcing an open-source strategy, EDP Sciences has chosen the Open Source ShareLateX to develop this new service.

Writing Studio provides a collaborative LaTeX solution, where multiple co-authors can jointly work on a single version of the paper with up-to-date A&A macros already included; co-authors can ask each other questions and can chat for real-time interactions; articles can be edited offline and automatically synchronized with the Dropbox online copy; article can be uploaded to the A&A submission system with a single click, with keywords fields pre-filled and ready for checking; authors get auto-completion for stellar objects and additional information using tools developed with the CDS; and authors can login to Writing Studio and are recognised by their Orcid ID.

The next step is to link Writing Studio with all the EDP Sciences journals and their submission systems and integrate this tool in a comprehensive LaTeX dedicated workflow, from the writing of an article through to its online publication.

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US Universidad de San Marcos selects SirsiDynix Symphony - 29 Mar 2016

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix has announced that the Universidad de San Marcos has joined the family of SirsiDynix customers. Universidad de San Marcos recently selected a local install of SirsiDynix Symphony, as well as several BLUEcloud products, after a competitive bid among the industry's top vendors. The bid successfully concluded with a multi-year contract awarded to SirsiDynix. San Marcos is expected to go live in July.

Known as 'Dean of the Americas,' the Universidad de San Marcos is the oldest university in the western hemisphere and the largest public academic library in Peru. When making their decision, the historic yet progressive Universidad de San Marcos thoroughly assessed all options and chose Symphony as the best option—not only for its technological advantage but also for SirsiDynix's reliability and proven track record.

In addition to Symphony, the Universidad de San Marcos selected BLUEcloud Analytics, Enterprise, Portfolio, BLUEcloud Cataloging, BLUEcloud Circulation, MobileCirc, and web services. Tailored to the needs of academic institutions, tools like Portfolio will be of great benefit to San Marcos by providing complex resource management.

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