ATG News & Announcements 3/1/16

media - macbook-pixabay*Clinical trials published in high-impact journals come under scrutiny;  *ACRL Presidential Candidates Online Forum;   *Comment Request for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component, 2016–2019;  *Elsevier launches new metrics on SciVal to help institutions measure the economic impact of their research;  *Preview Version of the New Microsoft Academic Search Engine is Now Online…;   *Stanford University Libraries and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Sign Historic Bilateral Collaboration Agreement;   *Gale content now discoverable via Google;  and  #GoOpen initiative to support schools’ Use of OERs plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Clinical trials published in high-impact journals such as the Lancet or the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have recently come under scrutiny. Editors from the BMJ and PLOS Open Medicine recently sought to quantify the number of clinical trials in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals that could be classified as ‘marketing trials.’ While the editors noted the difficulty in determining the true research objective of trials, they endeavoured to classify characteristics of trials which appeared to be marketing oriented…”

The 2016 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 11 a.m. CDT on Monday, March 7. Come hear Mark Emmons and Cheryl Middleton discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL. Emmons is associate dean of public services at the University of New Mexico, and Middleton is associate university librarian for learning and engagement at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates.

“The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education posted a call for comment in the Federal Register on February 18, 2016, regarding proposed revisions of the existing Academic Libraries Component. If approved, the revisions will become part of the 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2018–19 data collections.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 18, 2016. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records…

PROPOSED CHANGES: The changes below will provide additional information on library collections and were developed from ACRL, ALA, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joint advisory task force…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Elsevier has announced the launch of new metrics to help measure the economic impact of research within SciVal, Elsevier’s tool to analyze and benchmark the world of research, and part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools and services. The new indicators are aligned with SciVal’s mission to provide a wide range of metrics to analyse and evaluate different aspects of research…”

According to infoDOCKETAfter several years, the Microsoft Academic Search (MAS) database that showed a lot of promise several years ago has released a preview of a new version. The service is now officially named Microsoft Academic…”

infoDOCKET also reports thatthe Stanford University Libraries and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek announce today the establishment of a bilateral collaboration that will develop synergies and share expertise on a number of projects and programs that directly and indirectly serve scholars and students at Stanford, in Munich, and elsewhere.

KnowledgesSpeak also notes that “Gale …, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.

According to Library Technology Guides “Follett announced it will join the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign committed to supporting districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources (OERs) in their schools…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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