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GPO issues digital Congressional Record for 1891-1911

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress recently released the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1891 to 1911. This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 52nd through the 61st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as the admission of Utah and Oklahoma as states, the Spanish-American War, the first flight by the Wright Brothers, and the construction of the Panama Canal

Sample from the 1897 Congressional Record.

Sample from the 1897 Congressional Record.

“This latest digital release of the Congressional Record now gives the public easy access to the historic debates of Congress on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers,” said GPO Acting Director Jim Bradley. “With this release of historic issues dating to the 19th century, GPO is on track to complete its objective of digitizing all issues of the Record back to the very first issue of that title in 1873 within the very near future.”

The collection is available at www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb_gpo/_crecb.

Nominations sought for ACRL Board of Directors

The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect, councilor, and director-at-large in the 2019 elections. To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/acrlboardnominations. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates.

If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, please feel free to contact LRNC Chair Jennifer Nutefall at jnutefall@scu.edu. More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available at www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter2.

OCLC and Internet Archive collaborate to expand library access to digital collections

OCLC and the Internet Archive are working together to make the archive’s collection of 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries. OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections, or adding a new record if one does not exist.

The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the Archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item. Internet Archive will also add a link from its records to WorldCat.org, the online resource that makes it possible for searchers to quickly and easily find and access resources in libraries.

CLIR awards Recordings at Risk grants

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently announced that 16 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants. This is the second group of projects supported by the Recordings at Risk awards program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audiovisual content of high scholarly value. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and September 2018. CLIR began accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle on December 1, 2017.

More information, including information on current grant recipients, is available at www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/awards.

OpenAthens Cloud launches

OpenAthens, the international identity and access management software provider for the information industry, recently launched a cloud-based content provider solution. Content providers no longer need to wrestle with the frustrations of implementing and maintaining complex access management applications based on SAML. OpenAthens Cloud enables federated single sign-on via OpenID Connect: a standard protocol for the secure, lightweight transfer of authentication and user attributes, which has seen rapid adoption by global brands such as Google and Microsoft. For more information, visit www.OpenAthens.org.

EBSCO Health introduces Dynamic Health

Dynamic Health, a comprehensive collection of evidence-based skills content and corresponding skills checklists intended to help nurses and allied health professionals develop critical clinical, transcultural and patient instruction skills, is now available from EBSCO Health, a division of EBSCO Information Services. Dynamic Health provides curated, concise content combined with a cutting-edge cloud-based interface. The product, created in part by the founders of the CINAHL databases, is a direct result of in-depth research into the workflow and needs of nurses and allied health professionals at the point of care. More than 2,000 skills will be available covering nursing, allied health, patient education, and transcultural care. For more information about Dynamic Health, visit: https://health.ebsco.com/products/dynamic-health.

Project MUSE announces new book collections

Pricing for the 2018 Project MUSE Book Collections is now available, including the complete set of nearly 3,000 forthcoming 2018 titles and numerous subject and area studies collections. A highlight of the 2018 offerings is a new subject collection in Public Health, featuring more than 50 newly released books in the field from several university press publishers. Presses contributing to the new Public Health subject collection include Johns Hopkins University Press, Cornell University Press, Rutgers University Press, University of Minnesota Press, University Press of New England, and Vanderbilt University Press.

More than 4,000 additional books will be available on the MUSE platform by the end of 2018, bringing the total to more than 54,000 scholarly titles. Preliminary title lists for the newly available collections are available on the Project Muse website at http://muse.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/book_title_list_html.cgi.

ProQuest adds 6,000 ebooks to Academic Complete

ProQuest has added 6,000 ebooks from Taylor & Francis to the Academic Complete collection. Focused on offering a balance of quality and quantity, the collection now offers unlimited, multi-user access to a growing selection of more than 150,000 ebooks from the world’s leading publishers. Curated by on-staff librarians, Academic Complete provides a critical base of scholarly content in all disciplines. Like all ProQuest ebook subscriptions, Academic Complete is available through ProQuest’s Ebook Central platform. More information is available at www.proquest.com/products-services/Academic-Complete.html.

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