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UC Press, California Digital Library receive grant to improve publication system

“University of California Press and the California Digital Library, or CDL, received a grant of $750,000 earlier this month to develop a Web-based workflow-management system that would improve the publication process of open-access monographs. The two-year grant — awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports works in the arts and humanities — is intended to promote the publication of social science monographs, which are detailed written studies of specific subject areas. UC Press and the CDL are developing the system to help decrease the costs and increase the efficiency of the academic publication process.” (via DailyCal.org)

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CSU to turn 23 campus libraries into one giant, cloud-based network

“It was her first major paper as a college student, so Carla Castro visited the John M. Pfau Library at Cal State San Bernardino to conduct research, but the business management major ran into a problem. Castro said she couldn’t find the right research material to help her write the paper for her English class. She got by with the guidance of her professor, but Castro said in some cases, hunting at the local library, trying to find peers from whom she can borrow materials, or else waiting for the campus to track down the study items she needs can take a couple of weeks.” (via Daily News)

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Panel OKs State Librarian Despite Initial Concerns

“The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown named Greg Lucas of Sacramento to the $143,000-a-year post in March. State law requires the appointee to be a technically trained librarian, and Lucas said he began taking an online master’s degree library science class this month from San Jose State University.” (via AP)

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SF public school libraries don’t go by the book

“If you asked San Francisco teacher-librarian Lisa Bishop, she could write a book on the importance of public schools staffing full-time librarians. Though considered by many to be a staple in a child’s education, full-time librarians are being hired by fewer and fewer public schools in California each year for at least the past decade. In fact, California has the worst ratio of teacher-librarians to students in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, said Rachelle Resnick, the San Francisco Unified School District’s program administrator for library services.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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Brown’s state librarian appointment isn’t by the book

“Librarians aren’t known for being loud, but Gov. Jerry Brown may hear some raised voices from that scholarly crowd over his decision Tuesday to appoint a politically connected journalist as the state librarian. Greg Lucas, 55, is a former political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2011, he has been a senior editor for the Sacramento website Capitol Weekly, which covers California politics, and he writes and edits California’s Capitol, a website he created that also delves into politics.” (via latimes.com)

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Agreement between California Digital Library and EBSCO Information Services Adds More Than 30,000 Publications to EBSCO Discovery Service

“The eScholarship collection from California Digital Library is now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Discovery Service users may search the full text of more than 30,000 publications from eScholarship’s robust collection. EBSCO continues to add a variety of sources to EDS providing users with the most comprehensive collection of content. The eScholarship collection contains a variety of publications that will benefit EDS users looking for original scholarly works. eScholarship was first launched in 2002 as a means to disseminate scholarship created or sponsored by University of California faculty or divisions. The collection offers a robust alternative to traditional scholarly publishing channels and supports the digital publication and dissemination of UC research at all stages of the scholarly lifecycle including: journals, books, articles & working papers, conference proceedings, seminar/paper series and previously published articles or “postprints” (via EBSCO)

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GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES 2014-15 BUDGET PROPOSAL – $3.3 Million for CLA’s major library broadband proposal is included

“This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his much anticipated January 2014-15 Budget proposal at a press conference at the State Capitol. The Governor was previously scheduled to release the Budget tomorrow, January 10th, but the Budget document was inadvertently leaked to a member of the press around 5 p.m. last night and that development prompted the Governor to accelerate the release of his 2014-15 spending plan. The Governor called the Budget “very good news” and said it represents “fiscal responsibility.” But he also noted that “wisdom and prudence is the order of the day,” referencing the need to exercise fiscal discipline as the state continues to pay down its long-standing financial debt and liabilities.” (via California Library Association)

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Announcing “EveryLibrary California”

“EveryLibrary works to support local library communities as they campaign for new or renewed funding at the ballot box.  But California libraries have an extra hurdle to clear when talking to voters.  It takes 66.7% of the voters to vote YES for them to win.  As a library going out for a renewal of your Parcel Tax – basic funding – you can loose in California with 50% + 1, with 60%, or even 66.6% of the vote!  The California Library Association has been working hard to fix that.  We’ve talked about SCA-7, the proposed state Constitutional Amendment that would lower the threshold from 66% down to 55% for passage.  CLA is lobbying in Sacramento to get SCA-7 passed and out to the voters as a Proposition.  When it does, we will be there to help in a new and effective way.” (via EveryLibrary)

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Libraries seek decades of funding amid digital upheaval

“In Silicon Valley where readers are more apt to download an e-book than pick a paperback off the shelf, voters still overwhelmingly agreed to fund public libraries for another two decades even as some question the centuries-old institution’s future in the digital age. On the heels of the Santa Clara County public library system’s successful parcel tax renewal, San Jose leaders are now preparing to ask voters to renew theirs as well, anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Libraries remain popular here. Mayor Chuck Reed once remarked with amazement that voters insisted libraries stay open even as budget cuts threatened reductions in the police force.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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California State Library announces launch of new Governors’ Gallery website

“Did you know that California’s first governor was Peter Burnett or that the second California governor was in a duel after he left office?  Discover more about the state’s governors past and present on CSL’s new Governors’ Galley website. Portraits, photos, biographical information, and inaugural speeches are included as well as interesting facts about what was going on in the state and the world during each governor’s term of office.  There’s also a section devoted to each first lady and the contributions they made to the state.” (via California State Library)

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