News & Announcements 4/10/13

In the News: Bowker, ebrary and Choice team up; new Bio Med Central policies; Videos available of MOOCs and libraries event;  B&N launches Nook Press; ProQuest and ebrary content in a single, integrated search; and Sierra adds over 100 academic libraries.

Bowker, ebrary and Choice Team to Enhance RCL

ProQuest affiliate Bowker, ProQuest e-book business ebrary and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), are uniting to improve the accessibility and utility of Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the popular collection development tool for academic libraries. Choice and Bowker, whose unique partnership created RCL, have launched a variety of enhancements including a mobile application for the web-based resource, which is used by academic libraries to identify core titles for scores of academic subject areas. Additionally, more than 13,000 RCL titles will now be available on the ebrary platform.

Citing the Bio Med Central blog, InfoDOCKET reports that “BioMed Central’s Biology and Medical Editors announce the launch of BioMed Central’s new editorial policies, providing authors, editors and peer reviewers with a transparent, convenient, and comprehensive resource for information that applies to all journals published by BioMed Central…”

MOOCs and Libraries Event Videos Now Available

A total of 11 videos of the “MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?” event sessions are available online. Links to the presenter’s slides, next steps document and archived tweets are also available.

Digital Book World reports that  “Barnes & Noble is launching NOOK Press, according to a statement from the company today.  The technology behind NOOK Press is built on the PubIt! platform with added features powered by self-publishing service provider FastPencil…

ProQuest and ebrary content now discoverable in a single, integrated search

According to KnowledgeSpeak, “ProQuest, is streamlining research by enabling ebrary and ProQuest content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore…”

According to Library Technology Guides Innovative reports that “over 100 academic and law school libraries in the US, Canada, and Europe went live with the Sierra Services Platform in the first quarter of 2013. Sierra represents a new approach to library technology that provides the extensive functionality required for today’s libraries, while also bringing open architecture to library staff, allowing them to create their own solutions and adapt rapidly to the changing role of their libraries and institutions…”

 

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