Video: Center of Excellence Model

A new video of a project briefing session from CNI’s spring 2014 meeting is now available:

An Exploration Of The “Center Of Excellence” Model For Information Services

Geneva Henry (GWU), Susan Fliss (Harvard), Joy Kirchner (U. Minnesota), Heather Gendron (UNC, Chapel Hill), José Diaz (Ohio State)

Video of the presentation is now online at and

Session Description:

A one-year planning grant was awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the feasibility of establishing Centers of Excellence (CoEs). This study recognizes CoEs as a means to provide new information services that libraries are increasingly expected to deliver in order to meet the needs of twenty-first century research, teaching, and learning. The study explored the characteristics of CoEs, what makes them successful, and the challenges commonly faced by centers. Study findings were presented during this breakout session, and preliminary recommendations for following a Centers of Excellence model in developing and delivering information services were also discussed.

Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians

Exploring the Romantic and Victorian periods, Discovering Literature brings together, for the first time, a wealth of the British Library’s greatest literary treasures, including numerous original manuscripts, first editions and rare illustrations.

A rich variety of contextual material – newspapers, photographs, advertisements and maps – is presented alongside personal letters and diaries from iconic authors. Together they bring to life the historical, political and cultural contexts in which major works were written: works that have shaped our literary heritage.

William Blake’s notebook, childhood writings of the Brontë sisters, the manuscript of the Preface to Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, and an early draft of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are just some of the unique collections available on the site.

Discovering Literature features over 8000 pages of collection items and explores more than 20 authors through 165 newly-commissioned articles, 25 short documentary films, and 30 lesson plans. More than 60 experts have contributed interpretation, enriching the website with contemporary research. Designed to enhance the study and enjoyment of English literature, the site contains a dedicated Teachers’ Area supporting the curriculum for GCSE and A Level students.

These great works from the Romantic and Victorian periods form the first phase of a wider project to digitise other literary eras, including the 20th century.

source: INFODocket

YIVO’s Polish Jewish Archive

Poland was once the home of the largest Jewish community in the world and until World War II was one of the great centers of Jewish political, cultural, and religious life.

YIVO’s Polish Jewish Archive is the only American collection, and one of very few worldwide, which was saved from the destruction of the Holocaust.

Explore this world here through manuscripts, posters, photographs, music and other artifacts.

source: INFODocket

State Library of NSW creating the largest collection of digitised newspapers in Australia

Over 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers are now fully searchable
online as part of the State Library of NSW’s major initiative funded by the NSW
State Government to fast track the digitisation of its entire newspaper
This first major milestone in the State Library’s extensive $22.4 million
digitisation program is providing local and global audiences with free online
access to over 250 NSW newspaper titles, with additional issues being
digitised and made available every week. …

source: INFODocket

Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division vol. 4, no. 1, 2014

contents include:

Information Literacy in Open Courses
Crossing Disciplines, Creating Space: Using Drop-In Research Labs to Support an Interdisciplinary Research-Intensive Capstone Course

LAST COPY SERVICES: What are the opportunities and benefits of collaboration?

In late 2013 and early 2014, we spoke to library leaders in the UK and US, all of whom have an interest in ‘last copy’ services, to discuss how they operate in a consortial or national context and what benefits participating libraries hope to see

source: INFODocket

Journal of library innovation vol 5, no. 1, 2014

contents include:

Open Education Resources: The New Paradigm in Academic Libraries

The Innovative Academic Library: Implementing a Marketing Orientation to Better Address User Needs and Improve Communication

An Ugly Weed: Innovative De-Selection to Address a Shelf Space Crisis

Educause Review May-June 2014

contents include:

The “Digital” Scholarship Disconnect

Either/Or? Both/And? Difficult Distinctions within the Digital Humanities

Post–Digital Humanities: Computation and Cultural Critique in the Arts and Humanities

Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy featuring Trudi Jacobson & Tom Mackey



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The mechanics and reality of open access: presentations


The OA Landscape – an overview; Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information Network

The challenges of hybrid STM and HSS Open Access programmes and the transition from hybrid to full Open Access; Liz Ferguson, Publishing Solutions Director, Wiley-Blackwell

Open Access: what does the librarian/customer community need? John Norman, Director Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, University of Cambridge

source: ALPSP