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American Philosophical Society launches PAL

The American Philosophical Society (APS) recently launched PAL (People Also Liked), a circulation data-driven recommendation tool designed specifically for archives and manuscript repositories. Similar to the customer recommendation tools used by major online commerce sites, like Amazon and Netflix, PAL helps scholars discover relevant manuscript collections based on request history and user interests. Researchers at APS use it to sift through the 13 million pages of manuscripts held at the APS Library, including the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, the Journals of Lewis and Clark, and the papers of seven Nobel Laureates.

The tool was developed by Scott Ziegler, head of technology at the library, and Richard Shrake, a consulting software developer who specializes in library science. Designed to interact with the APS’s circulation system, AEON, PAL captures data, anonymizes it, categorizes it, and then matches past user behavior with the needs of new researchers. Designed specifically for manuscript collections, the APS Library plans to share their work with other libraries. PAL is part of the APS Library’s digital scholarship initiative, which includes the digitization of APS materials, support for digital scholarship, and the development of new tools.

Feedback on draft of revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

ACRL is seeking comments on a draft of potential changes to the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval. Please review the draft document and provide feedback by attending a virtual open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST) or submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23. Read the document draft, sign up for the online forum, and provide feedback at Submit your free registration online by May 10. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 10. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event. Contact the task force chair Andrea Falcone at or (303) 352-3953 with questions.

CLIR names 2017 Mellon Dissertation Fellows

Seventeen graduate students have been selected to receive awards this year under the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources program, administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The fellowships are intended to help graduate students in the humanities and related social science fields pursue research wherever relevant sources are available; gain skill and creativity in using primary source materials in libraries, archives, museums, and related repositories; and provide suggestions to CLIR about how such source materials can be made more accessible and useful. The fellowships carry stipends of up to $25,000 each to support dissertation research for periods ranging from nine-to-twelve months. More information on the program, including a complete list of recipients, is available on the CLIR website at

AAU, ARL, AAUP to launch open access monograph publishing initiative

The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are implementing a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

The universities and colleges directly participating in this initiative will incorporate three components into their digital monograph publishing projects; provide a baseline university publishing grant of $15,000 to support the publication of an open access, digital monograph of 90,000 words or less (with additional funding for works of greater length or complexity to be negotiated by the author, institution, and publisher); set a target of awarding at least three publishing grants per year; and commit to participating in this initiative for five years. Complete details, including a list of participants, is available at

Gale release new Women’s Studies Archive

Gale, a Cengage company, has launched a new archive on women’s studies that explores the many contributions of women throughout history. Part of the growing Gale Primary Sources program, the Women’s Studies Archive represents Gale’s focus on publishing material that supports diversity studies and provides historical context around current topics. The first collection in the Women’s Studies Archive, titled Women’s Issues and Identities, traces the path of women’s issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights. Covering the 19th and 20th centuries, the Women’s Issues and Identities collection includes 1 million never-before-digitized pages of primary source material, all aligned with the issues that have affected women and the many contributions they have made to society. Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities is available on the Gale Primary Sources platform. For more information visit

New OCLC Research report explores Realities of Research Data Management

A new OCLC Research report, “A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space,” provides an overview of the RDM service space and sets the stage for further exploration of RDM at four universities around the world. The report is the first in a four-part series, “The Realities of Research Data Management,” which focuses on decision-making at four institutions that have made different choices in confronting the realities of planning, developing, and deploying institutional RDM services in research universities. In addition to the four in-depth case studies, the authors reviewed RDM services at more than a dozen research universities in North America, Europe, and Australia. They found that RDM services align into three categories: education, expertise, and curation. The report delves into these three categories, provides a frame for the four-part series, and gives a preview of the next report in the series. Download a copy of the new report from the OCLC Research website at

MUSE expands partnership with University of Hawai’i Press

The University of Hawai’i (UH) Press has announced that it has selected Project MUSE to host, manage, and deliver all its journal content to their growing audience of librarians and readers. This enhanced partnership between MUSE and UH Press is a benefit to libraries, as more journal content from UH Press may be included in their collections, and it offers the opportunity to acquire additional journals that may not be in their subscribed collection. Current Project MUSE journal collection subscribers will retain access to all University of Hawai’i Press journal titles that are included in the MUSE collection to which the library subscribes. Pacific Science, a UH Press title that previously participated in MUSE journal collections did not contribute new content from 2008 to 2016, has now resumed contributing current issues to the MUSE Premium Collection and Standard Collection. Two additional UH Press journals, Journal of Daoist Studies and Trans-Humanities, not previously available on Project MUSE, are now available for single title subscriptions on the MUSE platform.

Springer Nature launches SciGraph

Springer Nature recently launched Springer SciGraph, a new Linked Open Data platform that aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and cooperating partners. Springer Nature SciGraph collates information from across the research landscape, such as funders, research projects and grants, conferences, affiliations, and publications. Currently the knowledge graph contains 155 million facts (triples) about objects of interest to the scholarly domain. The vast majority of these datasets will be freely accessible. More information is available at

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