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Fall 2014 Group Licensing Offer: Deadline Extended to November 14

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Due to high interest from medical librarians throughout the MAR and SE/A Regions, the deadline to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), is being extended from October 31 to Friday, November 14 (firm).

More than 500 resources from 11 vendors are available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power. To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at 570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 100 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports. The library is a service of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service.

NTIS, a federal agency that does not receive appropriations from Congress, previously charged a fee to provide full-text electronic copies of federal documents in its collection.

The full text for 800,000 of these documents can be downloaded immediately in electronic PDF format without charge. The remaining NTRL reports, most published before 1995, must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as electronic PDF’s  or in print for a fee. However, each time a microfiche document is scanned to fulfill such a request, the agency will add the electronic full-text PDF to its online database for subsequent free public download.

“Our mission is to collect and broadly disseminate federal science and technology information using a self-supporting business model,” said NTIS Director Bruce Borzino. “However, we also recognize that a number of the documents previously offered for a fee through our website were available for free from other sources. The public should not be treated differently depending on which website they visit to download a federal document.”

The agency will also continue to offer a range of premium subscription-based services to individuals, universities, corporations, and other institutions for varying levels of access to all documents in its collection. Access outside the U.S. is available via individual and institutional subscriptions.

““We have continually updated our pricing and business models in response to changing times and we’ll continue to do so,” said Borzino.  “We are excited about the new Public Access NTRL and hope to see a substantial increase in the use of federally funded research in all formats as a direct result.”

To learn more about NTIS, visit

NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee

Comments and suggestions welcome for maintenance and promotion of the recommended practice

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the next phase for the Open Discovery Initiative, a project that explores community interactions in the realm of indexed discovery services. Following the working group’s recommendation to create an ongoing standing committee as outlined in the published recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), NISO has formed a new standing committee reflecting a balance of stakeholders, with member representation from content providers, discovery providers, and libraries. The ODI Standing Committee will promote education about adoption of the ODI Recommended Practice, provide support for content providers and discovery providers during adoption, conduct a forum for ongoing discussion related to all aspects of discovery platforms for all stakeholders, and determine timing for additional actions that were outlined in the recommended practice.

“Discovery systems are critical to the research ecosystem,” states Laura Morse, ODI Standing Committee Co-chair and Director, Library Systems, Harvard University. “Working with content and discovery providers to ensure that all content, whether it is licensed or openly available, can be discovered by library users regardless of the institution’s choice of discovery system is core to supporting research, teaching, and learning. The ODI Standing Committee will build on the work of the original ODI Working Group to promote content neutrality and the widespread adoption of all tenets of the recommended practice by discovery service providers, content providers, and libraries.”

“The ODI Recommended Practice provides a rich framework within which content providers and discovery service suppliers can drive collaborative improvements toward a smooth and comprehensive library search experience,” states Lettie Conrad, ODI Standing Committee Co-chair and Executive Manager, Online Products, SAGE. “We must work together across the industry to fully realize the vision of indexed discovery services, which is made possible by NISO’s leadership and guidance through the standards formation process. The Standing Committee invites suggestions from the community on how we can best promote and enable adoption of the NISO ODI Recommended Practice.”

“Uptake of NISO’s recommendations is always aided when community members are willing to continue working together as a Standing Committee,” explains Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs at NISO. “ As stakeholders utilize the NISO documents and discuss potential areas of further work, the benefits of relying on a group of their peers to educate them and provide support cannot be underestimated. NISO is grateful to the members of the Standing Committee for contributing their time to these ongoing efforts.”

More information about the ODI Standing Committee and the Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014) recommended practice are available from the Open Discovery Initiative webpage on the NISO website at: You may join the ODI Interest Group e-mail list at: To provide input on promotion, adoption, and maintenance of the recommended practice, send an e-mail to

Cynthia Hodgson
Technical Editor / Consultant
National Information Standards Organization

A Partial Win for Publishers

Monday, October 27th, 2014

National Library of Medicine Joins the Commons on Flickr!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has announced that it is now a participating institution of the Commons on Flickr. The Commons on Flickr was launched in 2008 as a pilot project in partnership with the Library of Congress in order to increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to invite the general public to provide information about the collections. The National Library of Medicine now joins a distinguished, international group of nearly one hundred cultural institutions in providing greater access to its collection and inviting public use of and engagement with these images held in the public trust through The Commons on Flickr.

Images from the historical collections of the History of Medicine Division, including public health posters, book illustrations, photographs, fine art work, and ephemera, have always been available through the Images from the History of Medicine database, which includes over 70,000 images illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to the 21st century. Now, they can also be accessed through the Commons on Flickr via a photostream, where visitors can contribute information about the images by adding comments and tags. By adding a new way to see its collections through Flickr NLM hopes to learn more details about its collections, create dialog about its holdings, and share knowledge with the public. The collection of images on Flickr will continue to grow so visitors can check back regularly for new content!

My NCBI – ORCID Author Data Integration with SciENcv

Friday, September 26th, 2014

SciENcv users will soon be able to create SciENcv profiles using the data stored in their ORCID records. By linking an ORCID account to an NCBI account, users will be able to create SciENcv profiles using the personal statement, education, employment, publications and research awards information stored in ORCID records.

NIH Public Access Policy Webinar Series: Recordings Available!

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

If you missed last month’s webinar series on the NIH Public Access Policy, session recordings are now available for viewing!

The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians held Tuesday, August 19. Session recording available at

The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches held Tuesday, August 26. Session recording available at

NISO September Virtual Conference: Library Data in the Cloud

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Date: September 24, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern

Event webpage:


Cloud computing seems to be a growing trend, no matter the industry or type of information system. Library systems are no stranger to this trend; just about every major systems provider has a cloud-based solution available. While many factors for selecting a cloud system are similar to those for any information system decision, there are some special issues and challenges for storing your data in the cloud, including security, privacy, ownership, interoperability, and transferability.

In NISO’s September 24 virtual conference, Library Data in the Cloud—to be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT—libraries that have explored the use of cloud systems will discuss their experiences, their concerns, issues encountered, and lessons learned.


Keynote Speaker – Rick McMullen, PhD, Director of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center and Research Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas

Integrated Library Systems Moving to the Cloud – Joseph R. Matthews, author and library consultant

Big Data Processing in the Cloud: a Hydra/Sufia Experience – Zhiwu Xie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Technology Development Librarian, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Cloud Computing in Library Instruction – Laura Fargo McKinnon, JD, MLIS, Department Head, Research & Instructional Services, University of North Texas Libraries and Kris Helge, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries

Data Publication and Sharing with Globus – Steve Tuecke, Deputy Director, Computation Institute, University of Chicago; Co-Founder of the Globus Project

eResource Management in the Cloud – Jeffrey D. Kuskie, Electronic Resource Manager, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Security and Data Ownership in the Cloud – Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC; Councilor-at-large, American Library Association

Privacy in the Cloud – Speaker TBA

Conference Roundtable – Discussion with speakers and Q&A


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 4:00 pm Eastern on September 24, 2014 (the day before the virtual conference). Discounts are available for NISO members and students. All virtual conference registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Can’t make it on the day of the virtual conference? All registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year. Take advantage of the Virtual Conference subscription package ( for all six of the 2014 Virtual Conferences and save 33%. (Previously held 2014 virtual conferences available in recorded versions.)

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage:

Archive Available for Adding to Your Teaching Toolbox

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Archive now available:


  • Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)
  • Rebecca Brown, Trainer, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)
  • Jessi Van Der Volgen, Trainer, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)

Summary:  Three trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will present a few our favorite teaching tips and techniques for both in-person and online classes.   Sharon Dennis will discuss possibilities for applying “gamification” principles as a tool to motivate class participants.  Jessi Van Der Volgen will share four strategies for adding meaningful interaction to your online or in-person classes, and examples of each.  Rebecca Brown will share free tools you can use to develop a class and a social media alternative to a course discussion board.

The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to participate in our 5th annual, online conference:

The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center



This free event provide answers to some of the biggest challenges libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. This daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and NY Times Best Selling author author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD (Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in an Age of Information Overload) , and Anil Dash, cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp <>, that will examine our shared digital future.


Our lineup of expert speakers and panelists will present innovative tools and ideas for and from libraries of all types. The day features different tracks dedicated to K-12, Academic, and Public, allowing for the day to be completely customizable. The day will focus on three key areas:


  • Content, Containers and Beyond
  • How libraries are creating, curating, and licensing, digitizing, archiving, and delivering content in today’s fast-changing digital world.
  • Collaboration and Innovation
  • How libraries are repositioning themselves as the digital nexus for theircommunities.
  • Leading the Learning Revolution
  • How libraries serve as essential links in a learning continuum.


Libraries @ the Center (#TDS14) <> includes sessions on:


  • StatBase: Open source data management for libraries


  • Partnering with Small Organizations to Digitize Local Content


  • Bridging the K12-College Information Literacy Gap


  • Digital Strategies for Job Search Training


  • Hack Your Notebook: Leveraging Libraries for STEM-Literacy
  • Connections


  • Identifying and Delivering Meta-Literacy Skill Sets to Adult
  • Learners


  • Making Space for Play


More information is available online at