News and Announcements 2/24/12

by | Feb 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Today’s menu:  Google cuts affiliates program; OCLC adds more to WorldCat Local; a crisis in e-resource preservation; charging for the LA Times online;  librarians and NetGalley; and a Faculty of 1000 app for Elsevier’s SciVerse.

Google Scales Back E-Book Affiliates Program, Drops Some Users

Claiming that sales referrals are to low, Google  is cutting back on its e-book affiliates program.  Originally the  program included “retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners.” According to this post from PaidContent Google announced that “Google eBooks is narrowing the scope of the program to a smaller number of partners. While the program will continue privately, Google eBooks will no longer appear in Google Affiliate Network as an available advertiser.”

OCLC announces new agreements with publishers around the world, adds more content and collections to WorldCat Local

“OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world and has added… new content and collections to WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery and delivery service…” OCLC recently signed agreements with the following content providers: Alexander Street Press, Brepols, Elsevier, IOP, Nordic Council of Ministers, Philosophy Documentation Center, Rock’s Backpages, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor and Francis.

Potential Crisis May Be Brewing in Preservation of E-Journals

This article from DigitalShift reports that “a recently released study of e-journal preservation at Columbia and Cornell universities revealed that only about 15 percent of e-journals are being preserved and that the responsibility for preservation is diffuse at best…  The study entitled “Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation, questions whether the necessary infrastructure is in place to ensure that this scholarly record remains intact over the long-term.”

Los Angeles Times To Add Paywall

The trend of newspapers charging for online content continues.  The Los Angeles Times following in Gannett’s footsteps (Gannett announced on Wednesday that it will add metered paywalls to the websites of all 80 of its papers) will launch “a metered paywall on Monday, March 5….  Website visitors will be able to read 15 stories per month for free before the paywall kicks in. They will be charged an introductory rate of 99 cents for the first four weeks; thereafter, the paper will charge $1.99 per week for a website-plus-Sunday-print-edition package and $3.99 per month for website access only.”

Findings: How Are Librarians Using NetGalley? and Are You Using It?

According to Gary Price at InfoDocket the NetGalley website “it’s MORE than worthy of your time and its also a resource you will probably want to share with colleagues.”   It appears that a number of librarians have already done so.  Gary notes that NetGalley has released “a recent survey of over 1,200 librarians who are also NetGalley members” available at  NetGalley Surveys Librarians: Results and Conclusions.  (The survey is part of NetGalley at the Library, a new initiative from NetGalley which launched in January with the announcement of a partnership with the American Library Association. (Read the press release.)

New F1000 App Helps Researchers Explore Content in Elsevier’s SciVerse

“Faculty of 1000 (F1000), an online service that selects and evaluates articles based on the opinions of global leaders in biology and medicine, announced the launch of a new application that helps researchers explore the scientific content in biology and medicine included in Elsevier’s SciVerse platform. Once a SciVerse user adds the app, the articles that have been highlighted by the F1000 faculty will display a badge that, when clicked, brings the user to the F1000 evaluation.”


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