News & Announcements 12/5/13

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New Zealand universities extend access to Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three more years; AAUP says academic freedom applies to electronic communication, ; Wolters Kluwer Health announces winners of the 2013 “Health Science Librarians Make a Difference” video contest; Knowledge Unlatched participates in the CLOCKSS Community-Governed Archive; Palgrave Macmillan joins OASPA; Graceland University Libraries choose ByWater Solutions’ Koha support; and SirsiDynix integrates 3M Cloud library with eResource Central .

 Thompson ReutersNew Zealand universities extend access to Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three more years

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that all eight universities in New Zealand have extended access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three additional years. This ensures researchers, administrators, faculty and students in New Zealand universities have access to the highest quality, curated, multidisciplinary scientific literature. This extension marks the tenth year of their partnership with Thomson Reuters…”

The Chronicle of Higher EducaionThe American Association of University Professors on Tuesday released a draft report that seeks to affirm the principles of academic freedom in an evolving digital landscape, asserting that such freedoms apply equally to communication in electronic and traditional formats.

The report builds on the conclusions of a 2004 association report on the same topic, reaffirming that document’s overarching principle that academic freedoms should not be limited any more in electronic communications than they are in traditional media.

The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Knowledge Unlatched to preserve their ebooks in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a “trigger event” and ensures an author’s work will be maximally accessible and useful over time…”

(Those of you who were at the Charleston Conference and attended Judy Luther’s presentation Knowledge Unlatched, One Year On: Toward an Open and Networked Future for Academic Publishing learned much more about this innovative approach to ebook publishing.)

Wolters Kluwer Health is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 “Health Science Librarians Make a Difference,” video contest. See all the winning videos and a selection of other entries on the Wolters Kluwer Health YouTube Channel:

  • First Place: Spot of Tea,University of Missouri Kansas City Health Sciences Library (Kansas City, MO) – A health science librarian explains how evidence she researched changed the course of treatment for a patient.
  • Second Place: Why Research Matters, Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) – How health librarians helped reunite a mother and her child.
  • Third Place: The Library, an Evergoing Relationship, CRAI Biblioteca de Medicine, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) – How the health science library supports a busy clinician at every step in his/her education and career.

OpenAccess2 Palgrave Macmillan Joins OASPA

Palgrave Macmillan is pleased to announce its membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a trade association which represents the interests of open access publishers in all academic disciplines.

OASPA enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation in open access.

Library Technology Guides reports that “ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor … announced today that the libraries at Graceland University are now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.  ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Frederick Madison Smith and Dr. Charles F. Grabske Libraries this summer and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom OPAC can be viewed at…”

Library Technology Guides also notes that “SirsiDynix announced that the 3M Cloud Library has been integrated with eResource Central, bringing more than 200,000 titles and hundreds of publishers to the eRC ecosystem. Libraries using eRC and the 3M Cloud Library can update their local title metadata with one click; they can also sync thousands of titles to their catalog in minutes. Library users at eRC-enabled libraries see in-catalog availability for 3M Cloud Library titles, and they can check titles out to their devices from the library catalog. Library users can access their content on their computer, iOS or Android device, or on major ereader devices…”






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