News & Announcements 4/16/15

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Printin - IMAGEN_1Library broadband speed test shows increased capacity; room still for improvement; CABI and PlumX Partner in Pilot Program; Innovative to integrate Sierra with EBSCO and YBP Library Services Using New APIs; OCLC signs agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business; Springer and Altmetric launch Bookmetrix, a new platform for book impact; SHARE unveils beta version of free notification service, SHARE Notify; Cambridge University Press unveils new Open Access Monograph Publishing Service; Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature Debuts on Library of Congress Web Site; and UK’s JISC is Commissioning Data Visualizations to Support Access to 19th Century Medical History Books

ALANews reports that “broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries,” a new supplementary report (pdf) released jointly today by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park as part of the Digital Inclusion Survey.

According to Library Technology Guides “scientists at CABI will be able to gauge the impact of their agricultural and environmental research in several unique ways by partnering with PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. As part of a six-month pilot program, CABI is using PlumX metrics to measure the recent research of its authors and is showcasing their articles and books on CAB Direct, its scientific research portal. PlumX’s Plum Print data visualization tool will provide clear feedback on how the articles and books were consumed, providing timely information on usage, citations, captures, mentions and social media output…”

Library Technology Guides also reports that “Innovative and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are pleased to announce integration of YBP Library Services (YBP) and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies…”

And lastly Library Technology Guides notes that “OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Springer has become the first publisher to offer title and chapter level metrics across all of their books via a new platform, Bookmetrix. Developed in partnership with metrics provider Altmetric, the data captured via Bookmetrix is displayed on the book pages on Springer’s content platform SpringerLink and reports how often an individual book or chapter is mentioned, shared, reviewed or read online…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “SHARE has launched a public beta version of its free notification service, SHARE Notify, to make research more widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. SHARE Notify generates a normalised feed of research release events such as posting a preprint to a disciplinary repository, depositing a data set into a data repository, publishing a peer-reviewed article from diverse sources and with varied schema…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “ Cambridge University Press is launching a new Open Access Monograph Publishing Service offering authors a way to publish their books via open access in a fairly priced way. This new service gives authors the option of publishing their work under the Gold Open Access model, supporting the Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge at the highest international levels of excellence…”

InfoDOCKET reports that the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature archive is “available as streamed audio”, and “will launch online with 50 recordings. Additional material from the collection will be added on a monthly basis.

The new online archive will be accessible at:…”

Also according to InfoDOCKET the aim of Jisc’s  “Visualising Medical Heritage project is to develop data visualisations which will support access and engagement with the 19th Century medical history books digitised (15 million pages) as part of the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) project.

These visualisations will be integrated into the Jisc Historical Texts platform as part of a separate work package…”


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