ATG News & Announcements 2/19/15

mediaACRL Publishes a Quantitative Overview and Analysis of New U.S. Academic Library Construction, 2000–2014; Slide Presentations From NISO Webinar: “Authority Control: Are You Who We Say You Are?”; ALPSP, the LBF and the PA announce inaugural Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum; Authors can now opt for double-blind peer review across Nature and Nature Research Journals Elsevier and the International Society of Nephrology announce publishing partnership; Library branches take flight in airports; and  Springer Packages German Psychology Ebooks; Debuts New Journal.


According to InfoDOCKET  “ACRL has announced “the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview of U.S. Academic Library Construction 2000-2014 presents a rich set of data on, and analysis of, new library construction over the past fourteen years. A forthcoming second report will cover academic library renovations in the same period.

Stewart is also the author of the 2010 ACRL publication The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Academic Library Space.…”


In addition, InfoDOCKET reports on arecent NISO (National Information Standards Organization) webinar that discussed “the world of authority control, it is a bit of an alphabet soup of acronyms. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), which is a system to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors; ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier), which identifies the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, television programs, and newspaper articles; and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) a system that combines multiple name authority files into a single authority service, hosted by OCLC, all have their place when discussing identifiers for authority control.

Presenters:

  • “ORCID identifiers in research workflows” – Simeon Warner, Director of Repository Development, Cornell University Library
  • “ISNI: How It Works And What It Does” – Laura Dawson, Product Manager, ProQuest
  • “VIAF and its Relationships with Other Files” – Thomas Hickey, Chief Scientist, OCLC

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced the launch of the inaugural Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum at the London Book Fair. Developed in collaboration with the London Book Fair (LBF), ALPSP and the Publishers Association, ‘Access all Areas: Global Trends in Research and Scholarly Publishing’ provides scholarly publishers with the opportunity to hear about the international trends affecting research publishing.


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “authors will now be able to opt for double-blind peer review across Nature and the Nature Research Journals. Nature Publishing Group’s flagship open access journal, Nature Communications, will be joining the trial later in 2015. Double-blind peer review is being introduced in response to author feedback, and follows trials by Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change…”


And lastly, KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Elsevier and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have announced that Elsevier will publish ISN’s flagship journals, Kidney International and Kidney International Supplements, as of January 1, 2016. ISN is a global medical society devoted to advancing kidney care worldwide…”


According to American Libraries “digital resources in the form of ebooks, audiobooks, and other media are beginning to take flight across the country by way of airport library branches.

Branches have popped up in airports around the country, including Philadelphia International; Seattle–Tacoma International; Manhattan (Kans.) Regional; Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood (Fla.) International; Boise (Idaho); and San Antonio International, over the last couple of years, and more are in the works. Library officials say these branches are cost-effective and promote not only the library’s digital resources but also encourage travelers to visit their local branches when they return home…”


Information Today reports that “Springer Science+Business Media added a dedicated package of German-language psychology titles into its ebooks collection. By the end of 2015, the package will have more than 100 individual works, which will all become part of SpringerLink…

In other news, Springer launched SCIENCE CHINA Materials, a new journal that is part of the Science China Press Co. Ltd. (SCP) series. It covers all aspects of materials science and is published monthly in print and digital formats…”

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