|Weekly News Digest
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ALA and CDT Pen Missive on Net Neutrality
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) issued a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that advocates for strong, enforceable Net Neutrality rules for the preservation of freedom of speech, educational achievements, and economic growth online. The organizations asked the FCC to act quickly to restore Net Neutrality protections.
“We are concerned that the FCC’s original proposal would allow Internet providers to prioritize or degrade Internet traffic—specifically content, services, or applications offered by libraries and educational institutions,” says Courtney Young, ALA’s president. “Libraries, educational institutions, innovators and consumers increasingly operate as both consumers and content creators, and the Commission’s rules must protect both sides of the Internet access equation.”
Source: American Library Association
Outside the Lines Encourages Creativity and Innovation in Libraries
Outside the Lines, a celebration of the creativity and innovation happening in libraries, began on Sept. 14 and continues until Sept. 20. More than 135 libraries in the U.S. and Canada agreed to sponsor creative outreach and community engagement events and campaigns that show libraries’ relevance in their communities. The events at the following libraries exemplify Outside the Lines’ mission:
- Douglas County Libraries leveraged its partnership with local brewers to create the Great Douglas County Beer Tour, which encourages patrons to print passports from the library website and tour five local breweries to collect stamps. They can return their completed passports to a library branch to receive a commemorative pint glass.
- ImagineIF Libraries aims to advertise its 3D printers and other tools with the Outside the Lines 3D Experience for patrons, who can visit a library branch to make 3D glasses, print 3D designs, and participate in a 3D-image scavenger hunt in the community.
- Hollins University’s Wyndham Robertson Library offers hiking packs—which include blankets, sunscreen, bug spray, and disposable cameras—that students and faculty can check out for the Library Hike. Library staffers placed books along the local trails for hikers to find.
Source: Outside the Lines
The DPLA Adds Medical and Governmental Sources
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced partnerships with the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Almost 60,000 items from the MHL and 148,000-plus items from the GPO are now discoverable via the DPLA.
The MHL provides digital rare books, serials, audio and video recordings, and other items related to the history of medicine, public health, biomedical sciences, and popular medicine from 1235 to 2014. Its collection is stored in the Internet Archive. The GPO’s items come from its Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), which is composed of records such as the federal budget, as well as laws, federal regulations, and congressional hearings.
Source: Digital Public Library of America
Wolters Kluwer Health Partners With Visible Body for Anatomy Education
Wolters Kluwer Health agreed to distribute Visible Body’s web-based and mobile suite of 3D anatomy education solutions via its Ovid medical research platform. There will be seven interactive, 3D anatomy education modules and their companion mobile apps available to health science schools, hospitals, librarians, and students around the world.
The products from Visible Body were built on 3D gaming technology that combines trends in online education with exclusive anatomical content. “Wolters Kluwer brings us the reach and sales channel through the Ovid platform that will help us quickly and effectively bring our intuitive, accurate, and engaging anatomy education solution to academic and medical institutions worldwide,” says Andrew Bowditch, Visible Body’s CEO and co-founder.
Source: Wolters Kluwer Health
Desktop Version of Anti-Malware Tool Protects Businesses
Sasa Software released a new desktop version of Gate Scanner, its security software for medium and large businesses. This update features management capabilities and increased scanning and cleaning functionality, according to Yakov Yeroslav, Sasa Software’s CEO.
Users can now monitor and control Gate Scanner’s processes from their desktops, which include the ability to block, scan, and clean all files and control and secure the data exchanged within a network. Gate Scanner comes in STD, PRO, and Kiosk versions depending on the network’s size, and it also can be used on remote laptops or other devices.
Source: Sasa Software
ProQuest Offers Ebooks Through Irish Bookseller
ProQuest’s ebook division teamed up with the Irish bookseller O’Mahony’s to deliver content to institutions in Ireland and the U.K. O’Mahony’s library customers are able to purchase more than 600,000 ebooks—on a title-by-title basis or as part of a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) model—from ProQuest’s ebrary and EBL.
“This new partnership with O’Mahony’s will supply both their historical print collections and now ebooks, leveraging both the ebrary and EBL catalogues, bringing them to the forefront of book selling to Higher and Further Education, governmental and corporate organisations in Ireland,” according to the press release.
Cogent OA Rolls Out UI Upgrade
Cogent OA, an open access (OA) publisher that is part of Taylor & Francis Group, introduced an upgrade to its user interface (UI). The enhanced UI centers on helping authors increase the discoverability of their works and helping readers make new connections inside and outside their fields of interest. Other updates include the addition of faceted browsing and a structured taxonomy.
“Our ambition is to give authors the best possible publishing experience and broadest possible impact for their work,” says Bryan Vickery, Cogent OA’s director. “Our new platform includes a range of features designed to help showcase our authors’ work and encourage interaction and collaboration. We’ve been influenced by news and magazine sites—we will start to present snippets of content and highlights to help readers quickly find articles of interest, and enjoy that process of discovery.”
Cogent OA’s publishing program consists of more than 10 current journals and five more scheduled to launch by the end of the year. The company will also continue to add features to its platform during the coming months, according to Vickery.
Source: Cogent OA
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