News & Announcements 8/14/14

laptop_notebookAAU-ARL Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-Book Subvention; Reading Print Versus Digital Increases Comprehension;  Harvard Library’s Hollis+ Discovery Layer (Beta) Launches For Library Users and Guests; Books From Amazon in Person on College Campuses; BiblioBoard announces new partnerships with four content delivery services; Packback Seeded For ‘Pay-Per-View’ E-Textbook Rentals; Springer launches new book series – Neuroscience and Respiration; Kuali OLE Announces Partnership with HTC Global Services, Inc; ReadCube to Index Canadian Science Publishing’s Titles; Altmetric to provide alternative metrics data to two new STM publishers via SCM6 online publishing platform; Wiley announces continued growth in titles with impact factor and Karger launches 2015 prices for journals, collections and packages.

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are working together, through a Task Force on Scholarly Communication, to ensure a robust system of scholarly communication in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The task force seeks to address the economic challenges facing scholarly monograph publishing and to exploit digital communication technologies to move the academy towards a sustainable, innovative, and open system for supporting humanistic research…


This prospectus is based on “A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs,” a white paper prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of Chain Bridge Group…

GalleyCat reports that according to a new report out of Norway “reading a print book is better for comprehension than reading on a computer,

Researchers from at the Reading Centre of the The University of Stavanger conducted a study on a group of 10th graders and formed this conclusion…

Why? The researchers concluded that reading print texts helps the brain form mental maps. has more…”

By John Phelan [CC-BY-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

By John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons

According to InfoDOCKET  “the new Hollis+ discovery layer single search access to books, articles, and other materials from the Harvard Library that is formally scheduled to launch in beta for library patrons and guest on Aug 13th appears to already be accessible online. A closed beta for the Harvard Library staff has been available for about a month.


According to Inside Higher ED “Purdue University will become the next Amazon Campus, the institution announced on Wednesday, giving students a priority lane to the retail behemoth through the Purdue Student Store… With the expansion of its Amazon Campus program, the company is aiming for more visibility on college campuses…”

According to BookBusinessBiblioBoard announces new partnerships with four major content delivery services: ePubDirect, Independent Publishers Group, CoreSource and Firebrand Technologies. These partnerships will better serve current and future publisher partners by creating a seamless file delivery process from the publishers to BiblioBoard…

The Wall Street Journal reports that “a startup that appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in March, Packback Inc., has raised $1 million in seed funding to grow its e-textbook rentals business.

On the reality TV show, Packback attained $250,000 in funding from venture capitalist Mark Cuban, one of the “sharks” (or investor-judges) and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks as well as a founder of…”

Springer announced that it is launching a new book series entitled Neuroscience and Respiration, a subseries of Springer’s renowned Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. The series will be edited by Mieczyslaw Pokorski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., of the Medical Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “The Kuali Foundation is proud to announce that HTC Global Services, Inc has joined the Kuali OLE partnership as a Tier 1 investment partner…”

According to Information TodayCanadian Science Publishing (CSP) and ReadCube signed an agreement that makes CSP’s titles discoverable on ReadCube’s platform. ReadCube Discover will index CSP’s collection, which includes 16 peer-reviewed journals published by CSP’s NRC Research Press division, and enhance the content with hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, social sharing, and access to supplemental content, among other extra features…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak Silverchair Information Systems has announced that Altmetric will provide alternative metrics data to two new STM publishers via its SCM6 online publishing platform. This will provide researchers and authors with up-to-date evidence of the real-world application of research across a wide breadth of online communications…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the 2014 release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). A total of 1,202 Wiley titles (approximately 70%) were indexed, up from 1,193 in the 2012 JCR, and including 13 titles which have been indexed for the first time…”

And finally, KnowledgeSpeak  notes that “international STM publisher Karger has launched its 2015 prices for journals, collections and packages. The journal program for 2015 consists of 106 biomedical journal titles, most of them in English language. The program includes 23 Open Access journals and 11 new titles…”



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