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Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World's Maps

from the Google Enterprise Blog:

Governments, nonprofits and businesses have some of the most valuable mapping data in the world, but it's often locked away and not accessible to the public. With the goal of making this information more readily available to the world, today we're launching Google Maps Gallery, a new way for organizations to share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine.


Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas where anyone can search for and find rich, compelling maps. Maps included in the Gallery can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines, making it seamless for citizens and stakeholders to access diverse mapping data, such as locations of municipal construction projects, historic city plans, population statistics, deforestation changes and up-to-date emergency evacuation routes. Organizations using Maps Gallery can communicate critical information, build awareness and inform the public at-large.

See the full post on the Google blog.

In honor of Black History month, Oxford University Press will provide free access to its African American Studies Center, for the month of February. The Oxford African American Studies Center is a rich collection of biographies compromised of influential figures as well as a host of didactic materials including photo essays, featured articles, timelines, and various primary sources. Users will be encouraged to seek out primary documents, historical route maps, and a vast collection of images and multimedia spanning the presence of African-Americans in the United States.

To Access Oxford's African American Studies Center please visit

username: blackhistorymonth

password: onlineaccess

French Revolution Digital Archive

The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.

New ERIC Website Released

from ERIC:

We wanted to let you know that the new ERIC website is now live at We encourage you to check it out and email me your feedback directly at

In the new site users can search for keywords, author, and title simultaneously
in the search box or they can use single terms. The way the findings are
displayed is new and was designed to both enhance clarity and to facilitate
narrowing of search results. Additional features and content will be added on an
ongoing basis through October.

Additionally, as ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle, there will be a
delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August
through October. In October, the ERIC team will index any key material not
indexed during the transition period.

Thank you,


Erin Pollard
ERIC Project Officer

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
Institute of Education Sciences
U. S. Department of Education


The AMA's "Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" are now available from the CLOCKSS Archive. The American Medical Association announced on January 23rd that the journals "Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" are no longer available from their journal site and will be accessible through the CLOCKSS Archive.

"Archives of Family Medicine" and "JAMA Français" were removed from the Highwire platform on August 15, 2011. The CLOCKSS Archives, the AMA's preservation partners, will provide free access to the title and take responsibility for its ongoing long-term preservation.


"The AMA, along with the founding members of the CLOCKSS Archive, agreed early on to make triggered content in CLOCKSS available to the world for free," explains Randy Kiefer, Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive. "That policy sets the CLOCKSS Archive apart, and is a result of the community-based governance by libraries and publishers. The CLOCKSS Archive's digital preservation efforts enable libraries of all sizes to serve future scholars, researchers, and students."

from ARL:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, "This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day."

See the ARL website for more information.

from OCLC:

This report highlights successful strategies in providing a single point of access to library, archive and museum collections.

In the era of global search engines, users are often puzzled by the realization that they can search the Internet through a single interface, yet the resources of universities and other institutions are often compartmentalized in a plethora of informational silos, each with its own dedicated system, search categories and user interfaces. Many institutions want to make the breadth of their local resources easily discoverable regardless of where and how the resources are managed.

Read the report.

Open Access 9/11 Collection from ebrary

ebrary is pleased to offer an open access collection of e-books related to 9/11 throughout the month of September. For details, please see the posts by the following well known library bloggers:

» Cheryl LaGuardia/Library
» Sue Polanka/No Shelf Required

We hope that this collection provides a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event, or reflect on its world impact.

For additional open access sites hosted by ebrary, please click here.

As always, your input and suggestions are welcome, and we appreciate your support.


The ebrary team

The Getty Provides Free Access to the BHA on Its Web Site

from the Getty:

As of April 1, 2010, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will be available free of charge on the Getty Web site at Free Web access to BHA is an advantage not only to all traditional users of the database but also to such potential users as institutions in developing countries and independent scholars worldwide, who until now have been unable to afford access to the BHA. Since ending its collaboration with the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST)-CNRS in December 2007, the Getty has been searching for partners to continue the production and distribution of BHA. This process has been complicated, and with no suitable arrangement immediately available, the Getty decided to act on its commitment to the scholarly community by providing access to BHA directly from its own Web site.

BHA on the Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules, and can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements. To search BHA, please visit, Note that the database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), covering the years 2008 and part of 2009. The Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA), one of the predecessors of BHA, with records that cover 1975-1989, will be online by May 1.

Gale Provides Free Access to H1N1 Information

from Gale:

Gale is providing free access to Global Issues in Context and dozens of eBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library in an effort to make reliable information regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, available. Librarians can install a free widget - found at to their homepage, Facebook page or blog through Oct. 31, 2009.

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