ATG News & Announcements 6/25/15

media - macbook-pixabayNational consortium for ORCID set to improve UK research visibility and collaboration; MINES for Libraries®: … Call for Participation; Two Industry Leaders Sign Agreement for Collaboration; Millennials ‘least likely to buy e-books’; ARL joins 252 groups, 10 business leaders in a call to action for American ‘Innovation Imperative’; Elsevier to launch a professional development program for librarians and information resource managers at ALA Annual Conference; How Penguin Random House is Moving Beyond “Ebooks That Mirror Print”; W.W. Norton Is Making Their Entire Catalog of Trade and Professional E-Books Available For Library Lending; ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity;  Credo, Gale, IEEE, and SAGE declare conformance with NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative; and even more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ORCID … will now be offered to UK higher education institutions through a national consortium arrangement operated by Jisc, a UK charity which promotes the use of technology within education and research.

The agreement, negotiated by Jisc Collections, will enable universities to benefit from reduced ORCID membership costs and enhanced technical support…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the collection’s 320,000 items, and makes recommendations on how to improve intellectual control and organization of the Print Department assets moving forward…”

“ARL invites participation in the MINES for Libraries survey in 2015–2016. Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES for Libraries, or MINES) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on user demographics and the purpose of use of e-resources. The MINES project utilizes a point-of-use survey technique and integrates usage data about such electronic resources as digital collections, open access journals, pre-print and post-print servers, and institutional repositories to provide an inclusive picture of the library’s supported networked e-resources…”

“Ex Libris® Group, … and EBSCO Information Systems (EBSCO), … are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost® platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well…”

innovation-812112_1280KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. The move follows the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) report Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that  Elsevier has announced the launch of Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for librarians and information resource managers. The program kicks off with four events at the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30…”

Bookseller reports that “millennials are less likely to purchase e-books than any other age group, with 63% of 16-24 year-olds saying they have never bought one, according to a report from Deloitte.

For its Media Consumer Report 2015, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their media habits. It found that 25% of 16-24 year-olds had bought an e-book in the last 24 months, compared to 38% of 25-34 year olds.

Millenials also say they are spending more time using other media, as only 14% of that group read books for more than an hour each day but 67% will watch up to an hour of short form video and 58% will spend more than an hour watching TV…”

ebooksAccording to BookBusiness  Liisa McCloy-Kelley, vice president and director of ebook development and innovation at Penguin Random House, ebook technology is making content more accessible for people with disabilities, optimizing books for mobile through responsive design, and supporting cleaner page formats. These developments are enabling PRH to create ebooks that are more than “just mirrors of print,” says McCloy-Kelley, and she expects even further innovation in the next few years…”

According to InfoDOCKET  “W. W. Norton & Company will make its entire catalog of Trade and Professional e-books available to readers through lending libraries, it was announced today.

E-books available will include both frontlist and backlist titles published by Norton, The Countryman Press, Liveright Publishing Corporation, and Norton’s affiliated publishers…”

ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central ™ integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “in the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), four leading academic content providers — Credo; Gale, a part of Cengage Learning; IEEE; and SAGE – today, publically disclose their support of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). In NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (RP-19-2014), content providers are encouraged to take specific measures to declare their conformance with ODI’s recommended practice for pre-indexed “web-scale” discovery services, with the goal of increasing open communication and collaboration…
See also: Ex Libris Declares Conformance with NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative



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