News You Need to Start the Week

by | Oct 29, 2012 | 0 comments

It’s Official! Penguin and Random House combining on new  joint Venture; Stanford library budget gets a bump; Article level metrics available on twenty journals; Project MUSE adds Seventeen book publishers; SYWARE Inc., a developer of mobile software, has launched Version 2.0 of DroidDB; Summon Expands Japanese-language Content; and call for 2013 ACRL Conference – ProQuest Support Staff Scholarships applicants.

 Deal Confirmed: Penguin and Random House Combining to Create New Joint Venture

INFOdocket reports that “It’s official. A deal bringing Penguin and Random House together is a GO according to official announcements from Pearson (Penguin’s owner) and Bertelsmann (Random House owner).  News of a possible deal was first reported last week and yesterday we added to that story with a report that News Corp. (parent of HarperCollins) appeared to have been interested in bidding for Penguin…”

Budget Constraints on Stanford Libraries Eased

Citing the The Stanford Daily, INFOdocket also reports that “following sharp budget cuts during the global economic recession, Stanford’s libraries will experience their first significant funding increase this academic year. The University allocated an additional $1 million to the $19.5 million library materials budget, the fund that supports the libraries’ collection of academic resources…”

Article level metrics now available on twenty journals on

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that Article level metrics are now available on twenty journals on users can now view an article’s citation data, page views, news mentions, blog posts and social shares including Facebook and Twitter.

This enhanced functionality went live on Nature, the Nature research journals and Nature Communications, and is also available on Scientific Reports. Article level metrics are available on research articles published since 2011 and are openly accessible to all…”

Seventeen New Publishers Join UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE

Project MUSE is pleased to announce that ten additional university presses will make their scholarly books available in the UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE beginning in 2013. Adding ten more to the seven announced in June, including The MIT Press and University of North Carolina Press, the complete list of new publishers participating in 2013 is:

-African Books Collective
-Catholic University of America Press
-Central European University Press
-Cornell University East Asia Program
-Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
-Liberty Fund
-Louisiana State University Press
-Medieval Institute Publications
-The MIT Press
-National Bureau of Asian Research
-Presses de l’Université du Québec
-Red Hen Press
-RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press
-University of Illinois Press
-University of North Carolina Press
-University Press of Florida
-W.E. Upjohn Institute

New and backlist titles from all publishers will be available on the MUSE platform where students and researchers will have access to more than 23,000 titles from over 80 UPCC publishers. Details on purchase and subscription options for 2013, including pricing and title lists, will be forthcoming soon.

Serials Solutions Summon Service Expands Japanese-language Content with Japan Medical Abstracts Society

According to this press release, “Serials Solutions and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) have … improved access to Japanese-language article abstracts in Ichushi-Web through the Summon® web-scale discovery service. The inclusion of metadata from the JAMAS abstracting and indexing database for more than 5,800 journals covering medicine, dentistry and pharmacy subjects will be available to mutual subscribers of each company’s service…”

Android Application Builder Launched by SYWARE

Information Today reports that “SYWARE Inc., a developer of mobile software, has launched Version 2.0 of DroidDB, its application building toolset for Android phones and tablets. Like the original DroidDB, the new version enables users to create mobile applications to collect, organize, synchronize, and share information, with relational databases and a full range of forms. No programming expertise is needed…”

“ProQuest and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) are calling for applicants for the ProQuest Support Staff Scholarships that will send eight library professionals to the 2013 ACRL Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10-13, 2013. The scholarships are designed for academic and research library support staff and will provide a rich professional development experience, with the opportunity to update their skills, attend informative educational sessions and interact with colleagues…”

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