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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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