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GWLA E-Newsletter

posted Dec 13, 2010, 11:11 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Dec 13, 2010, 11:16 AM ]
Greater Western Library Alliance
Original e-newsletter version here.

Greetings from GWLA

We've been busy this fall, and have all sorts of nifty things to tell you about. In addition to the new e-newsletter, we have also launched a Facebook page, a Vimeo channel for storage of webcasts and webinars, and refreshed the GWLA webpage with a bit of a facelift.

GWLA/CRL Global Water Forum

The GWLA & CRL event, "Global Water: 2010 and Beyond" received high marks from participants and speakers. As part of CRL's Global Resources Forum series, participants explored the challenges of ensuring the survival and continued availability of information, documentation, and evidence needed to support advanced research.

Noted historian Donald Worster presented the keynote address,  "Water and Empire in the American West: Past, Present, and Future", and we are pleased to be able to make it available.  The 45-minute address is entertaining and enlightening.

As a follow-up, CRL will be hosting a webinar on January 19th, 2011 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Central Time) to summarize the discussions of the two-day forum and how libraries and archives might work together to improve long-term access to data and scholarly resources on water issues.  Registration is now open for this event.

GWLA Deans Honor David Shulenburger

David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs at APLU has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. Prior to joining APLU June 2006, Dr. Shulenburger served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas.

Through the years, Dr. Shulenburger has been a great friend to libraries and GWLA and a driving force on issues of open access and scholarly communication, including the launch of BioOne and serving on their board of directors. As a gesture of their thanks and admiration, the GWLA endorsed this resolution of thanks (text or PDF) for his years of service and leadership.

BioOne Collections and New Titles for 2011

BioOne continues to grow, adding 5 new titles in 2010 and recently announced the addition of 7 new titles in 2011. 

To BioOne.1:
Ardea, Netherlands Ornithologists' Union
Evansia, American Bryological and Lichenological Society (publisher of The Bryologist)

To BioOne.2:
Adansonia, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
Anthropolozoologica, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences, Field Museum of Natural History
Geodiversitas, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
Zoosystema, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France

2011 BioOne Collections

Licensing Activities
  • New Licenses: The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) recently signed first-time licenses with GWLA.
  • Pending Proposals: Anne is working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), DMedia, Oxford University Press, and dot.lib on new proposals and will have more details to distribute soon.
  • Re-negotiations for 2011: the GWLA license for Springer will be renegotiated in 2011 for a 1/1/2012 start date.  We will also work with Sage for a multi-year agreement.
  • Vendor Meetings at ALA: Joni and Anne will be meeting with representatives from Springer, YBP, Coutts, dot.lib, DMedia, and OUP.  Let us know if there's someone you'd like us to talk to about an agreement with GWLA, and we will set up a meeting with them in San Diego.
RSDD/CD Joint Meeting Planning Underway

Representatives from the RSDD and CD committees have been brainstorming and planning the joint RSDD/CD meeting later this spring (Dates and location TBA soon).

The Proposed Meeting Theme is: "Transitions from Just-in-Case to Just-in-Time: The changing landscape of how we buy, borrow, and license information and its impact on each other". The goal of the meeting is to bring together not only members of the RSDD and CD committees, but also interested AULs and Acquisitions librarians to discuss the convergence of all of these functional areas and workflows.

The Call for Proposals has a deadline of December 22. The planning group will consider proposals at ALA Midwinter planning meeting, and the preliminary program will be released soon thereafter. We will make every effort to webcast and/or video-record the event so those who can't attend in person may view the presentations and discussions.