News & Announcements 3/9/13

In the News: House members recognize digital literacy divide; U Va. librarians no longer designated as faculty; Wolper and eBooks.com distribute ebooks to individuals; Springer adds ten new clinical journals; University of Chicago Press launches  e-Book editions for its journal titles; CCC expands into Chinese language rights; Summon adds more than 100 A&I databases; and the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science is part of Springer Open

 House members move to recognize today’s digital literacy divide

“…Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) along with six of their colleagues introduced a resolution (H. Res. 81) designating March 21 as National Digital Literacy Day. March 21 is also the launch of a three year national Ad Council campaign “3.21 EveryoneOn” to promote the importance of digital literacy. ALA, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has been actively engaged with this campaign to showcase the work libraries do with digital literacy on 3.21 and the other days of the year…”

Citing the University of Virginia’s The Cavalier Daily, InfoDOCKET reports that “incoming library staff will no longer be designated as faculty, University Librarian Karin Wittenborg told library employees in an email March 1. Instead, all future positions within the University library system, including vacancies created by retirements and departures as well as newly created positions, will be posted as University staff.

The decision was met with strong pushback from many in the library community. Forty-three members of the Library Faculty Assembly sent a letter to Wittenborg in February voicing their opposition to the proposed change. The faculty expressed concern about their future roles within the University community under this new system…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Wolper Information Services and eBooks.com Ltd. announced an agreement to expand e-book offerings to Wolper’s customers worldwide. Built for single-user access, the eBooks.com platform is … suited for corporate clients with a distributed (desktop) purchasing model. The catalog provides access to titles from hundreds of publishers offering a wide variety of scholarly, professional and technical e-books in business, sci-tech, medical, humanities and social sciences, as well as bestsellers and new releases in fiction.”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that ” Springer has announced that ten new quarterly clinical review journals will be added to its existing portfolio of medicine titles, starting this month. The journals will focus on a number of areas including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, genetic medicine, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, pathobiology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology and surgery…”

The University of Chicago Press has announced “the launch of e-Book Editions for all of its journal titles.
Chicago Journals e-Book Editions are complete issues that can be accessed and downloaded individually. The new e-Book Editions are meant to offer the best of both worlds by combining the convenience and speed of digital accessibility with the integrity of the complete issue…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has renewed its agreement with The Charlesworth Group to help CCC expand services into Chinese language rights licensing. The Charlesworth Group and CCC help Chinese publishers reach new global secondary rights markets and better understand copyright and licensing opportunities…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “Serials Solutions announced the Summon discovery service now includes content from more than 100 abstract and indexing databases – including nearly 90 ProQuest databases. A&I content in the Summon service is leveraged through a … match and merge technology that combines different types of data and information from multiple sources creating a single record optimized for discovery…

The New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science is now published in cooperation with Springer in its SpringerOpen portfolio of peer-reviewed, fully open access journals. The journal is now accepting submissions via springeropen.com

 


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