Today’s features: a report on Library Publishing Services; etextbooks hit a snag in South Korea; observations from SPARC 2012; Wiley acquires a civil engineering database; Cliff Lynch wins 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award; and the Royal Society partners with the government of Brazil and CAPES
This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. It was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Libraries Studies, made to Purdue University Libraries in collaboration with the Libraries of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.
According to this Washington Post article South Korea intended, as part of its plan “to transform its education system into the world’s most cutting-edge,” to replace print textbooks with digital versions that could be read on “any screen of their choosing.” However there has been some unexpected concern express by South Korean educators. Many “worry that digital devices are too pervasive and that this young generation of tablet-carrying, smartphone-obsessed students might benefit from less exposure to gadgets, not more.” This concern is resulting in a scaling back of the move from print to digital. Now students will “use digital textbooks alongside paper textbooks, not instead of them…” ( A couple of week ago the ATG NewsChannel cited an INFOdocket post that Presenter Slides from SPARC’s First-Ever Open Access Meeting were Available)
Information Today’s reports on the this year’s Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access Meeting. According to author Abby Clobridge the meeting ” was an opportunity to reflect on the progress of OA over the past 10 years; discuss recent battles over proposed legislation that would undermine and set back OA, including the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Research Works Act (RWA); and most importantly, focus on current and emerging issues.” As a sign of the acceptance of open access by the scholarly community “discussions were no longer about how to make the case for OA to researchers, but rather, how do we further advance, support, and assess the impact of OA in a bolder, broader way within the global information ecosystem?”
John Wiley & Sons, announced today that it acquired Structurae, a … online structural and civil engineering database www.structurae.de. The acquisition aligns with the company’s long-term strategies to support research, learning, and professional practice with content and services that provide customers with information, learning resources, and best practices to enhance their professional lives and realize their career and personal goals…
Structurae … is available in three languages, English, French and German. The database contains structural, technological, architectural, historic and social information about more than 60,000 new and historic bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers and other structures, as well as over 100,000 photos that document and illustrate them. The database also provides information about more than 10,000 companies in the construction sector…
The award recognizes outstanding persons or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. It consists of $1,000 and a certificate of merit…”
“The Royal Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with the government of Brazil and CAPES to provide 350 research centres and institutions of higher education in Brazil with access to the Royal Society journal collection… Access to Royal Society journal collection is now available via the Portal de Periodicos and includes the complete journal archive, one of the most valuable and longest running, scientific resources in existence, dating from 1665 to the present day. The Portal de Periodicos is accessible to researchers, professors, students and librarians across Brazil…”