From the Profession

   NEH Seeks Proposals for Participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is soliciting proposals for participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and United States territories published between 1836 and 1922. The database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and be freely accessible via the Internet.

Interested groups are asked to follow the Guidelines for the Request for Proposals. Information about the application process is available by contacting the National Digital Newspaper Program, Division of Preservation and Access, Room 411, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8570;

   CPSO FAQ Available on Cataloging of Nonroman Script Materials at LC

Library of Congress’ Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) has mounted a new FAQ titled “Cataloging of Nonroman Scripts at the Library of Congress in a Post-RLIN World.” The FAQ covers LC procedures and workflows now that the Library has moved its processing of non-roman materials from RLIN to its Voyager database.

   AAAS to Discontinue Relationship with JSTOR

After a collaboration of nearly ten years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will discontinue its relationship with JSTOR, effective December 31, 2007. The AAAS and JSTOR began working together in 1998 to include Science and Scientific Monthly in the JSTOR archive. JSTOR will continue to provide an accessible and useful archive of the preserved AAAS material in perpetuity for those institutions that have access to these titles through JSTOR. This ongoing access is part of all JSTOR publisher agreements. Find information on Participation Fees for U.S. Academic Institutions for Health & General Sciences Collections on the JSTOR web site.


   DSpace Foundation Launched

Hewlett-Packard and MIT Libraries have announced the formation of the DSpace Foundation, a non-profit organization to provide support to organizations that use DSpace, an open source software solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly works in a digital archive.

   Digital Library Federation Aquifer Metadata Working Group Releases Guidelines Levels of Adoption

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Aquifer Metadata Working Group has released the DLF Aquifer MODS Guidelines Levels of Adoption. The document supplements the DLF/Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records, which were released in November 2006. The new document describes five general categories of user functionality. It provides additional guidance to MODS implementers who are in the planning process by documenting the types of functionality provided when specific Guideline elements are used.

These documents and a forthcoming FAQ for implementation are intended to assist institutions preparing metadata for aggregation via the DLF Aquifer initiative. They may also useful when preparing metadata for other aggregations or for local MODS implementations.

Feedback on the Levels of Adoption may be provided to members of the Working Group.

   International Publishers and Librarians Agree on Access to Orphan Works

A joint steering group of IFLA and the International Publishers' Association (IPA) has agreed on key principles of access to orphan works. “Orphan works” are those works in copyright whose owner cannot be identified and located by someone who wishes to make use of the work in a manner that requires the rights owner’s permission.


   NISO Issues Draft for Trial Use of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has issued a draft for trial use of "SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding" (SERU version 0.9). The SERU trial period is from June 20, 2007 through December 20, 2007.

The SERU document aims to resolve the issue of customer-by-customer, bilaterally negotiated formal legal contracts, which increase sales costs for both libraries and publishers, and delay access for users at subscribing institutions. The document consists of a framework and set of statements that express frequently adopted expectations among academic and other nonprofit libraries and publishers.

SERU 0.9 includes guidelines for implementation. The SERU Working Group's website includes new FAQs to assist users of the statements. A registry of libraries, publishers, and other content providers who wish to announce their interest in using SERU for transactions during the six-month pilot is also available. Join the registry or view the list of current trial participants online.

Address comments on the draft document to co-chairs Karla Hahn or Judy Luther or to any other member of the Working Group.

   NISO Content and Collection Management Topic Committee

As part of a strategic redesign of its standards-development process, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has inaugurated a Content and Collection Management Topic Committee to address issues regarding developing, describing, providing access to, and maintaining content items and collections. Specific areas of coverage include Dublin Core, library binding, storage area networks, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Find additional information, including a committee roster, online.

   Valdosta State MLIS Program Accredited

Valdosta State University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program was officially accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association on June 24, 2007. The VSU MLIS is the only ALA-accredited program of its kind in Georgia. Learn more from Valdosta State's press release.