The final day of the conference began, as usual, with rapid-fire presentations of new and noteworthy products and services. This year, representatives of the 14 companies listed below participated. The session was moderated by David Myers, CEO DMedia Associates.
Jay ven Eman, CEO, discussed linked data, which is used to build connections and bring data together. Reasons for linking data include revealing deeper relationships, connecting data and accessing content across campus or across the globe, accessing all enriched data from one place, simplifying research threads, and increasing subscription and retention rates. Linked data also allows creation of a “golden record” and searching and filtering in many ways. The key to making it work is standards.
According to Larry Schwartz, President and Co-Founder, the academic library focus is changing; digital media is shaping the mission. Blogs fit in with information literacy and play a role in pre- and post-publication discussions of research outcomes. They connect the dots and bridge researchers to the journal literature and are now part of discovery services. Librarians stay up to date reading selected scholarly blogs. And because they comment on journal articles, they reshape the journal collection. ACI has created an index of blogs with over 100,000 titles and over 1 million posts. An aggregated collection of blogs is helping libraries expand their services at a reasonable cost. In addition, ACI produces an annual review of the top 20 science blogs.
ATLA’s vision is to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers. Here are its products;
Challenges for ATLA include:
- Handling non-Roman scripts on its former MARC-based platform, so it moved to a new editorial platform. For example, the ATLA Religion Database supports over 30 languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Eastern European, Russian, and others.
- Graduates of seminaries and theological schools are all over the world, some in remote locations, and they want access to the same tools used in school. But even at $99/year, individual subscriptions were too expensive for them.
- Building affordable product access in areas where certain religions are growing rapidly.
- Building global relationships for content.
ATLA and EBSCO have cooperated to make the ATLASerials database more affordable by waiving prerequisites for subscriptions.
Bentham publishes over 100 journals, many with high impact factors. Its journals are indexed via Reuters, PubMed, Google Scholar, and Scopus. Bentham’s publications are targeted to academic, pharmaceutical, and corporate libraries. Major disciplines covered are shown here.
Access is via a number of interface-friendly platforms such as Ingenta, CrossRef, and EBSCO. They are also available on social media.
bepress SelectedWorks is a research announcement tool that consists of library-curated faculty profiles to maximize the readership and impact of scholarly work. Faculty have administrative tools for uploading files, adding links, etc. to their profiles. These tools are helping bring faculty back into the library.
Bloomsbury is designing a drama online platform for students. It has an easy to use interface with multiple entry points to rich and diverse content. All types of content are collected into one place. For each play, the platform has a grid of characters showing where they appear. The platform is being marketed to the high school market.
Cairn publishes more than 400 French language journals and 5,000 e-books in the social sciences and humanities. Its International Edition is a gateway to francophone academia for non-French language speakers. Publishers in the social sciences and humanities have a close connection to the language in which the research was done. They tend to focus on local language rather than broad international content, so international collaboration is much less frequent than in the hard sciences. Cairn’s International Edition is a a bridge between linguistic areas and gives visibility to a wider audience.
Without a cover, title, and description, it would be impossible to sell a book. Reading parts of the book helps you decide whether you want to check it out of the library. Firebrand helps publishers create better metadata. Its Dial-a-Book service works with publishers to distribute the first chapter or an excerpt of the first 17,000 characters into distribution channels and provide them to OCLC, EBSCO, etc. It is free to publishers.
Inera Inc. Edifix
Edifix is a cloud-based bibliographic tool for correcting references. It helps to solve the problem of inaccurate references causing errors. Here are its capabilities:
It has been used by library publishers, institutional repositories, and library users.
Dessi Schachne, Marketing Director, discussed IIJ’s Practical Applications (PA) product, a weekly web-based summary of the scholarly research in The Journal of Portfolio Management and other articles in IIJ’s 11 journals. PA uncovers items that may not be easily found in highly technical articles. It helps researchers stay abreast with a small time investment, identifies articles relevant for further reading, and presents them in an easily digestible format. The reports consist of an overview of the source article, an explanation of who will benefit from the research, recommendations on how to apply the findings, definitions of terms compiled into a glossary, and biographies of authors.
Rebecca Shumbata described Kudos, a free service for authors to help them make their articles stand out across metrics, channels, and publishers by explaining and sharing their work on social media platforms. Over 70,000 authors have used the platform so far. An institutional service is available so that institutions can showcase their researchers’ work.
With the rise of maker spaces in schools, libraries are challenged to direct maker activities that will pay off in STEM learning. McGraw-Hill Education has created Access Science, a journal of science projects to enhance skills of students at all skill levels. Content is taken from books of projects and project curations, and projects have been customized for the journal. Skill and difficulty levels are included. Every project has links to related content. So far it is a pilot offering; more projects will be added next year.
ProQuest seeks to inspire new insights with diverse new content in teaching, research, and learning. Surveys have shown that faculty care about primary sources. New products from ProQuest include:
- Historical Digital Archives: Access to unique hard to find sources.
- Regulatory Insight: Facilitates teaching and learning about current and historical regulations and the rule making process in implementing federal laws.
- Indian Claims Insight: Research on the history of U.S. Indian claims from 1789 to the present through an interface that includes unique content tools.
- UK Government Program: Parliamentary papers from the House of Lords and House of Commons.
- E-book subscription sources: Scholarly e-books from leading publishers on a modern, user-friendly platform designed for them.
New digital learning resources for tomorrow’s medical student include:
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Horizon Report.
- Clerkship Health Library collection: case studies for clinical reasoning.
- Bates’ Physical Examination Videos.
- Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.