News & Announcements 12/22/12

A Cambridge UP & College Theology Society partnership; a new report from ARL; article level metrics at HighWire; a Learning Space Toolkit from NCSU; Baker and Taylor expands its collection management team; and Springer awards grants to Japanese students from Fukushima disaster area.

 Cambridge University Press and College Theology Society announce new partnership

“Cambridge University Press will begin publishing Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society in 2013. The official publication of the College Theology Society (CTS), Horizons provides award-winning peer-reviewed articles, roundtables, and book reviews across a wide range of topics in theology and religious studies. CTS now partners with Cambridge to foster the best in scholarship and to bring this excellent journal to the widest possible readership…”

ARL Publishes New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students

The Association of Research Libraries has released “Research Library Services for Graduate Students (PDF), the second report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, scholars, and researchers. The new report, written by Lucinda Covert-Vail and Scott Collard, both from New York University (NYU) Libraries, presents findings from interviews and other research into the current state of graduate student programming in primarily ARL libraries. The authors provide several recommendations for serving graduate students more effectively in a demonstrably changing higher education landscape…

 HighWire incorporates article-level metrics with ImpactStory

“HighWire Press is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with ImpactStory, a researcher-led non-profit organization with a drive to help redefine the impact of research articles.

Article level metrics monitor the conversations around an article, as a complement to citation reports which measure a journal’s overall impact. ImpactStory aggregates impact data (e.g., the number of times an article is accessed and mentioned in editorials, news, tweets and blogs, as well as bookmarked, favorited, and recommended, and cited)…”

NCSU Launches Learning Space Toolkit

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries and its Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), along with strategic consultants Brightspot Strategy and AECOM Technology Corporation, recently launched the Learning Space Toolkit. The toolkit is a free resource that supports the full life-cycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it…

Baker & Taylor Expands Collection Management Resources

Baker & Taylor… announced a major expansion of its collection management team, which includes increasing its staffing by one-third and opening a new facility in Crystal Lake, Ill.

The expansion reflects the increased demand by libraries for outside expertise in collection development support, such as building opening day collections and receiving ongoing title recommendations and notifications…

The team will also focus on collection management for ebooks and audiobooks in conjunction with the company’s Axis 360 digital media platform…”

These additional resources will allow Baker & Taylor to continue to deliver the highest level of collection management services for printed materials, as well as ebooks, audiobooks, music and video…”

 Springer aid organization Hilfsfonds e.V. awards grants to young people from the areas hit by the disaster in Fukushima

“Springer Science+Business Media will be providing 15,000 euros each to three Japanese students from the district of Tohoku, which was devastated by the tsunami. The grants will enable them to go to university. The three high-school girls are nearing graduation and won the grants in an official application process. The jury was made up of members of Springer’s management in Japan, members of the company’s charity Springer Hilfsfonds e.V and the long-time Springer author Professor Jin Akiyama. The money donated by the charity will be presented at an official award ceremony on 25 December 2012, in the Springer Japan offices…”

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