Friday, March 11, 2011

Help Save Texas Libraries

News from TLA.
The Senate Finance Committee met on Monday to consider the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s budget. Senators heard testimony about TexShare, Loan Star Libraries, the K-12 Databases, and the impact of losing federal funds for library programs. Several representatives from TLA and stakeholder groups, including the Texas Municipal League and Texas PTA, offered testimony. Sen. Zaffirini asked many important questions about the ramifications of eliminating state funding for library programs. Sen. Whitmire cautioned many witnesses to “put a face on the cuts.”

As Senate Finance Committee members deliberate on the State Library’s budget, it is imperative that senators hear from constituents and stakeholder groups. Please call or send an email to your senator. Click on Protect Statewide Library Program and make your case for state support of library programs.

Supplemental Journal Article Materials Teleconference

News from NISO.
NISO will continue its monthly open teleconference series next Monday, March 14th at 3:00 PM. This month, we will be discussing the NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Working Group project. This joint project from NISO and NFAIS(the National Federation of Advanced Information Services) aims to develop a Recommended Practice for publisher inclusion, handling, display, and preservation of supplemental journal article materials. Linda Beebe, Senior Director, PsycINFO at American Psychological Association, who serves as co-chair of the Business subgroup of the project will lead the conversation.

The Open Teleconferences are an quick way to get an update on the status of a NISO initiative. The calls are informal and questions and discussion is welcome. Following the featured discussion, there is also an opportunity for the NISO community to bring up any issue or topic of interest. This is an excellent time for you to raise any concerns, project ideas, or suggestions of focus for NISO in the coming year.

Other upcoming calls will be on on Z39.7 (Library Metrics & Statistics) Standing Committee Update on April 11; DAISY Revision Working Group Update on May 9; and the ISO TC 46 Work Update on June 13. Please mark your calendars. If you are unable to join us, this call will be recorded and made freely available on the NISO website following the event—as are all of the Open Teleconferences. For more information or to listen to the previous call discussions, please visit:

The calls are free and anyone is welcome to participate in the conversation. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743#. All calls are held from 3-4 p.m. eastern time. We hope that you can join us.