News & Announcements 10/29/14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASwets Ending All Services in the Near Future; ARL publishes Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013;  TU Delft selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services; De Gruyter Signs Partnership with Read Cube; Arab World Research Source™ Now Available from EBSCO; University Libraries in Hong Kong add value to their collections with digital access to South China Morning Post archives; Springer and Peerage of Science team up to ease journal submission; Wellcome Library funds deep dive into UK mental health history; The British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership; and Bookbuilders of Boston name winners of first New England Publishing Collaboration Awards.


 

InfoDOCKET reports that since Swets initially declared bankruptcy “now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to be paid.

Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the Netherlands and several jurisdictions where the company operates as a foreign company and/or has branch offices.

Included in the post is the following section titled, “Material impact on day-to-day operations of customers: all activities terminated”. It includes the following paragraphs…”


InfoDOCKET also notes that “the Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce publication of the 2015 Library Publishing Directory, which highlights the publishing activities of 124 college and university libraries…”


ARL has also published ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013. as well as the latest edition of  ARL Statistics 2012–2013.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), one of the world’s leading technical universities, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system…


By Antiquary (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0 ] via Wikimedia Commons

By Antiquary (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0 ] via Wikimedia Commons

Wellcome Library funds deep dive into UK mental health history

According to TeleRead  “the UK’s Wellcome Library has announced a new initiative in its ongoing program of medical archive digitisation, in the shape of a partnership with several UK regional archives and hospitals to digitise and disseminate their mental health records. According to the announcement, “over 800,000 pages of archival material from psychiatric hospitals in the UK from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitised and made freely available online as part of the Wellcome Library’s ambitious digitisation programme…”


According to this press release “academic publishing house De Gruyter today announced its partnership with Boston-based publishing software company ReadCube. With this partnership, over 850 journal titles and book chapters from the De Gruyter collection will be indexed by ReadCube for easy discovery across the technology company’s web, desktop and mobile portals, search engines and recommendation feeds…”


According to this press release “there is a new resource available for researchers studying the Arab World. EBSCO Information Services has introduced Arab World Research Source™, a full-text database that delivers the coverage needed by researchers of Arab Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies…”


According to Library Technology Guides “the historical newspaper archive of Hong Kong based South China Morning Post will add compelling value for eight members of the JULAC (Joint University Libraries Advisory Committee) consortium. With searchable, full text coverage of South China Morning Post from its origin in 1903 to 1995, includes all advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and photographs that illuminate history as much as the news articles, university staff and students will be able to search the newspaper in its entirety.


Library Technology Guides also reports that “Springer has joined forces with Peerage of Science to help authors more easily submit their manuscripts for consideration in Springer journals. Both sides are looking at how they can make the process easier and less time consuming, reduce the time to publication, and eliminate the need for re-submissions. The end goal is to make the work of peer review a more enriching experience for both authors and for reviewers, and to further recognize the hard work of those who are entrusted with this duty…”


The British Library reports that the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership has launched the Qatar Digital Library – a new, bilingual, online portal providing access to previously undigitised British Library archive materials relating to Gulf history and Arabic science.

The portal makes the modern history and culture of the Gulf and wider region, particularly its connection with Britain, available through vividly documented personal and official archives, photographs, maps and recordings of traditional music held at the British Library…


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Bookbuilders of Boston was recently named the winners of the first New England Publishing Collaboration (NEPCo) Awards.From a pool of ten finalists, NEPCo judges October Ivins (Ivins eContent Solutions), Eduardo Moura (Jones & Bartlett Learning), Alen Yen (iFactory), and Judith Rosen of Publishers Weekly selected Inera, Inc., collaborating with CrossRef, for the first place. Digital Science, collaborating with portfolio companies; and NetGalley, collaborating with the American Booksellers Association, tied for the second place followed by the Harvard Common Press, collaborating with portfolio companies, at the third place…
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