News & Announcements 9/17/13

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EDUCAUSE releases ECAR study; CCC steps up its OA efforts; A new app for the Constitutional case law; Create custom books with De Gruyter Select; Elsevier cuts deal with Royal Society of Medicine; WebAssign and Cengage Learning renew partnership; Harvard Business Review Press and EBSCO sign exclusive agreement; and Maryland University of Integrative Health selects Sierra and Content Pro.

InfoDOCKET reports that “the 2013 report was released earlier today by ECAR (EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research)…   ECAR collaborated with more than 250 higher education institutions to collect responses from more than 112,000 undergraduate students about their technology experiences and expectations…

Key Findings

  • Students recognize the value of technology but still need guidance when it comes to better using it for academics.
  • Students prefer blended learning environments while beginning to experiment with MOOCs.
  • Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.
  • Students value their privacy, and using technology to connect with them has its limits…”

Copyright clearance center CCC Steps Up Its OA Efforts

According to Information Today “Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) joined the U.K.’s Gold Open Access Infrastructure program as the next step in its ongoing efforts to improve open access (OA) standards.  Gold Open Access Infrastructure is an offshoot of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, which produced a list of principles to aid the U.K. in embracing OA practices…”

“The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office (GPO) mark Constitution Day today by launching a new app and web publication that make analysis and interpretation of constitutional case law by Library experts accessible for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device…”

According to No Shelf Required “De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select.  It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online)…

According to KnowledgeSpeak  Elsevier “recently announced an agreement with The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to provide its 21,000 members with electronic access to thousands of peer-reviewed medical and surgical journals and reference books.

The RSM will be able to offer its members access to more than 540 journals, including The Lancet, and 1,060 books, including titles such as Gray’s Anatomy and Netter’s Anatomy, through Elsevier’s ClinicalKey or via the RSM’s online library catalogue…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that  “Cengage Learning  and WebAssign, a … provider of online instructional tools, have announced the renewal of their long-standing alliance with a contract extension.

cengage_learningCengage Learning offers more than 400 science and math textbooks with Enhanced WebAssign, a … online homework system that focuses on flexible administration, partnership, and performance to improve student outcomes through personalized learning, superior customer service, training, and support…”

Library Technology Guides reports “an agreement between EBSCO Information Services and Harvard Business Review Press will allow EBSCO to create summaries of Harvard Business Review Press’ books by the world’s leading business thinkers…  Summaries of all the very latest Harvard Business Review Press books will be available exclusively from EBSCO Business Book Summaries starting in January 2014, along with summaries of Harvard Business Review Press’ all-time best-sellers. In addition, EBSCO subscribers will be able to buy Harvard Business Review Press e-books directly through the EBSCO portal…”

Library Technology Guides also reports that “Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD has selected the Sierra Services Platform and the Content Pro digital asset management tool for a library solution that will help meet the growing demands of a technologically advancing academic community in health and wellness. They are migrating from a library system provided by the Follett Software Company…”

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