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SirsiDynix Jump-Starts the Library Conversation
SirsiDynix announced a series of webinars and downloadable website content that will address topics pertaining to libraries’ value, visibility, and usage. For example, current software trends, library stereotypes, and technology skills will be discussed in content such as white papers, blog posts, and infographics.
“This new initiative will provide librarians access to resources and industry experts they may not have had before. We want to highlight specific tips for managing a tight budget, engaging a higher number of patrons, and further establishing themselves as community anchors. This program connects librarians with industry thought-leaders to share their thoughts, ask questions, and get direct feedback. We want to facilitate a conversation that extends beyond a library’s own walls and across the industry,” says Eric Keith, SirsiDynix’s VP of marketing and strategic alliances.
New content will appear on SirsiDynix’s blog as it becomes available. The first webinar, The Future of Library Software and What to Do About It, will be held on Oct. 1.
LexisNexis Introduces Identity Challenges Resource
LexisNexis Risk Solutions created a thought leadership platform to educate government agencies and officials about solutions to their identity challenges. IdentityGov.com’s resources include commentary from identity experts as well as success stories, information, and analysis about key identity-based challenges such as fraud in government programs and law enforcement identity verification. Additionally, it features a blog and white papers.
“Identity resolution is the key to preventing fraud, improving program integrity, protecting communities and maximizing government revenue,” says Haywood Talcove, CEO of Government and LexisNexis Special Services, Inc. for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “IdentityGov.com highlights the problems facing government programs today and redefines the solution: it’s about preventing the fraud with identity-based technology, not chasing the fraudsters.”
Source: LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Thomson Reuters Introduces Climate News Website
Thomson Reuters rolled out Sustainability Analytics, an online analytics resource to identify trends, topics, and other information that is part of global news coverage of climate change. This free website tracks changes in interest levels and examines the appearance and impact of climate-related events, discussions, and campaigns in stories from more than 1,800 English-language news sources. Its advanced analytics tools identify trending topics, people, and companies covered by the news.
Global Pulse, a special initiative of the United Nations secretary-general, worked with Thomson Reuters to develop the analytic resource. “A data-driven view of the changing news media coverage and focus on issues related to climate change—from renewable energy, energy efficiency, to deforestation—is a valuable resource for decision-makers seeking to make the case for climate action,” says Sara Cornish, communications and outreach consultant at Global Pulse.
Source: Thomson Reuters
ProQuest History Vault Puts Edison Papers on Display
ProQuest History Vault added materials from Rutgers University’s Thomas A. Edison Papers Project to its database. More than 175,000 documents, including Edison’s laboratory notebooks, diaries, business records, and correspondence are now available to History Vault users around the world.
Edison’s papers are gathered into six parts: five collections that encompass the years 1850–1919 and one collection of motion picture catalogs. These catalogs are “for studying America in transition as filmmakers reflected industrialization, technological innovation, the changing role of women, race relations, and the birth of new communication and mass entertainment,” according to the press release.
The Edison collections are cross-searchable with other History Vault materials such as the NAACP Papers and U.S. Military Intelligence Reports.
Kudos Incorporates ORCID Identifiers
The ORCID research identifier will be integrated into the Kudos platform so authors can identify and claim publications and register for an ORCID through the Kudos site. Authors will no longer need to type their publication information into Kudos; instead, they can associate their ORCID identifier automatically. The partnership between ORCID and Kudos is designed to improve authors’ experiences with Kudos’ platform as well as accelerate the uptake of ORCID in the research community.
“As more and more emphasis is placed on the performance of individual research outputs, it’s critical that publications are assigned to the correct author—which ORCID enables—and that authors then have help in explaining and sharing those publications with wider audiences, which is where Kudos comes in,” says David Sommer, director and co-founder of Kudos.
Endangered Archives Programme Calls for Applications
The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) is now accepting grant applications for its next round of funding. Applications are due on Nov. 7, 2014 and can be submitted in English or French.
Archival materials considered for the EAP grant relate to a premodern period of history, which typically means any period before industrialization. Materials can include rare printed books, newspapers, periodicals, and photographs.
The EAP, which is sponsored by Arcadia, has funded 244 projects in 77 countries since it launched 10 years ago. Its goal is to contribute to the preservation of global archival materials that are in danger of being destroyed, are neglected, or are physically deteriorating.
Source: British Library
GPO Releases 50-Year-Old 'Warren Commission Report'
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) made the full “Warren Commission Report” and 26 hearing volumes available on its Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Warren Commission, formed by President Lyndon Johnson, investigated President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the GPO produced its physical report in 1964. It created almost 235,000 copies of the report and almost 5,600 sets of the hearings, which were made available to the public.
The GPO digitized the report in 2013 and this year worked with the Boston Public Library to digitize the 26 hearing volumes.
Source: U.S. Government Printing Office
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