News and Announcements 3/13/12

HighWire Launches its 1000th Mobile Website

HighWire Press  announced “the launch of its one thousandth mobile website.  According to Matt Rampone, HighWire’s Mobile Product Manager “Since the introduction of the iPhone 3G, it became apparent that mobile users were trying to access journal sites via their mobile devices and quickly became frustrated with the usability…  “This product was designed with users in mind, to better serve their mobile workflows.”  (The latest mobile site to launch on HighWire is the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (, a publication of the American Thoracic Society.)

Ben-Gurion University to Contribute to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database

“Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) … will contribute to the … ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (PQDT).  Beginning in 2012, it will submit these works to PQDT. ProQuest expects to add hundreds of works from BGU to PQDT each year.”

(“Established in 1969 to bring development to the Negev desert, BGU is now a major center for teaching and research and includes the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, as well as major research institutes such as the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research with its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.”

Gale Launches DemographicsNow: Business & People

Gale, part of Cengage Learning … has announced the release of a new online business and residential reference tool called  DemographicsNow: Business & People.  This new database “provides detailed demographic data on more than 23 million businesses and 206 million consumers…”  According to Gale, “DemographicsNow: Business & People will serve a variety of needs and will be used by all types of users – from small business owners, entrepreneurs and sales people, to jobseekers, students, community leaders and non-profit organizations.”

OSA Launches New Digital Archive Licensing Option

“The Optical Society (OSA) announces the launch of its new OSA Digital Archive – a product that was developed in response to customer feedback and offers institutions with the option to acquire perpetual rights to 88 years of OSA journal, magazine, and conference proceeding content for a one-time purchase.  The archive provides access to … research in optics and photonics from all of OSA’s core publications including research published by Nobel Laureates and prestigious members of the physics and engineering communities.”

Wiley’s First Step Award given to Beth Kumar

“Beth Kumar, e-resources and serials librarian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is the recipient of the 2012 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.  The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.”

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award to Valerie Bross

“The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Valerie Bross the 2012 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials, presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS, consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest through its Serials Solutions business unit…”

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