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The Future of SLA: A Strategic Framework and Recommendations for Moving Forward
by Marydee Ojala
This is a crucial time for the Special Libraries Association (SLA). Founded in 1909 by John Cotton Dana, SLA is in the midst of an identity crisis. With declining membership and diminishing revenue, the association is grappling with what its future will be, and the departure of CEO Janice Lachance at the end of 2014 sparked a discussion about the best way forward.

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Innovative Enables Discoverability via Linked Data
Innovative introduced the Output Data for Libhub Service, a solution that simplifies libraries' publication of linked data records and allows them to easily contribute to the Libhub Initiative. It extracts the records from the database of any Innovative ILS or services platform (such as Sierra, Polaris ILS, Virtua, or Millennium) and formats them in MARC/XML.
APA Indexes Books and Journals in ReadCube
The American Psychological Association (APA) teamed up with ReadCube to index its scholarly journal and book collections in ReadCube Discover, including all 110 titles in the PsycARTICLES database and more than 65,000 books and book chapters from PsycBOOKS.
EBSCO Updates Dissertations Database
EBSCO Information Services expanded its partnership with The H.W. Wilson Foundation to enhance searching for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). The foundation will support the expansion of American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955, a free database that debuted in 2014, to include records of ETDs from 1955 to the present.
NISO Releases Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) published a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC). It suggests the best way to manage digital serial content packaging elements to help content providers and content recipients track what was delivered and received.
ProQuest Announces New Version of Intota
ProQuest announced that version 2 of Intota, its cloud-based library services platform, will be available in mid-2016. The company demonstrated the updated version's functionality at the recent American Library Association (ALA) annual conference.

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Public Libraries Embrace Self-Publishing Services
by Brandi Scardilli
For authors who want to self-publish their books, the public library may be the best place to find services that can help. One such place is the Seattle Public Library (SPL), which offers a variety of self-publishing initiatives. David Christensen, virtual and instruction services librarian, has been part of the team managing these initiatives since 2013. Don't try to replicate other libraries' self-publishing programs, which may not be a good fit with yours, he says. "Start small and figure out what works well for you."
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