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June 20, 2019

(Springer) Nature is launching a new collection of educational, standalone, peer-reviewed videos on its online content platform SpringerLink. Available from July, the videos cover a wide range of content from demonstrations of surgical techniques to tailored lecture series and interviews with researchers. Content for the videos is created by academics and practitioners, many of whom have previously published in Springer Nature’s journal and book portfolios. All videos are reviewed both internally and externally by subject experts to ensure accuracy and quality.

June 19, 2019

(Digital Science) Digital Science is proud to announce a collaboration with Research4Life which will give all Research4Life participants access to Dimensions Plus. Dimensions will allow participants to explore the research landscape and the connections between publications, grants, clinical trials, patents and policy documents.Research4Life is a public-private partnership which aims to reduce the knowledge gap between industrialised and developing countries by providing free or very low-cost access to scientific and professional information to institutions in more than 120 countries.

(Springer) The majority of book authors support the idea that all future scholarly books should be open access (OA). This is one of the key findings of a new white paper presented by Springer Nature at the OAI-11 conference at CERN this week. Based on the responses of 2,542 book authors who were surveyed by Springer Nature in February and March 2019, the white paper provides a global view of book authors’ attitudes towards OA. The survey looks at researchers’ motivations for publishing a book, and analyses the parameters and key drivers which influence academics to publish OA or not. The white paper also identifies major obstacles to OA publication which book authors still face: from a lack of awareness of OA publishing options and low funding, to concerns about how OA books are perceived. The white paper is freely available for download.

(Springer) In the Nature Index 2019 annual tables, released today, the United States is well ahead of China then Germany to make up the top three in the country ranking, while the top three institutions – the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University and Max Planck Society – have held fast to their positions in the institutional ranks. For the first time, the Nature Index annual tables also include a normalized ranking. This takes into account the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences. The normalized ranking reveals a very different set of leaders among academic institutions.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris®, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar la publicación de un estudio que estudia los desafíos a los que se enfrentan los investigadores en las instituciones de educación superior y el nivel de apoyo que se ofrece desde las oficinas de investigación y las bibliotecas. El estudio lo encargó Ex Libris y lo realizó Alterline, una agencia de investigación independiente. El informe presenta los resultados de una encuesta de 300 investigadores y entrevistas con nueve miembros sénior de las oficinas de investigación en los Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido y Australia.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer la publication d’une étude consacrée aux défis auxquels les chercheurs font face dans les institutions d’éducation supérieure et au niveau de soutien apporté par les bureaux de recherche et les bibliothèques. L’étude a été commandée par Ex Libris et menée par Alterline, une agence de recherche indépendante. Le rapport présente les résultats d’une enquête réalisée auprès de 300 chercheurs et d’entretiens menés auprès de neuf cadres de différents bureaux de recherche aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni et en Australie.

(Axiell) Axiell, the leading vendor globally for collections management software, today announces a collaboration with CultureConnect, an innovative technology company delivering award-winning mobile and digital experiences to the cultural sector. This ground-breaking partnership advances the technology landscape for museums, libraries and cultural organizations, enabling them to launch engaging, beautiful digital experiences for visitors more easily and as part of a sustainable technology foundation, i.e., one which they can build upon and scale.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing the first installment of its new Public Health Archives series. Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 examines the history of America’s public health systems and policy debates during the 20th century. This digital collection provides scholars and researchers access to thousands of rare and unique resources that explore the evolution of health care in the United States from the turn of the century well into the 1960s, highlighting the critical impact of public health policy on the American experience. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is making enhancements across its portfolio of products, improving the functionality and user experience of its research tools to make its content more discoverable. Now libraries and researchers have superior access to high-quality authoritative content online and in the classroom, delivering better research outcomes for user success.

(OCLC) OCLC has signed agreements with leading content providers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

(Follett) Baker & Taylor, the world’s premier distributor of books and digital content, today announced the launch of its Career Skills Training platform, which will enable public libraries to offer education and training programs designed to prepare individuals for success in the world of work. Patrons at libraries in four states can now access a broad range of competency-based, career-aligned courses and playlists, in subjects including foundational math, reading, and digital literacy, at no cost. These resources allow job seekers and workers interested in developing new competencies a flexible path to enhancing skills for careers, including the soft skills that employers are seeking today and for the future.

June 18, 2019

(ProQuest) Students can now immerse themselves in their studies through the power of virtual reality. ProQuest announced the launch of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree viewing functionality for select videos on the ProQuest search platform, as well as in ProQuest One™ Academic and on the newly redesigned Alexander Street video interface. ProQuest is the first academic streaming video platform to offer VR and 360-degree video.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Verona has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. The university will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system.

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, released data detailing a dramatic increase in reading by K-12 students. Ebook and audiobook reading increased over 240% when students connected their Sora classroom reading app to their local public library versus students solely accessing their school collection. In addition, student time spent reading ebooks and audiobooks nearly doubled since Sora was introduced to K-12 schools in September 2018. More information can be found here.

(OCLC) Le Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), un regroupement d’universités québécoises, a choisi les Services de gestion WorldShare d’OCLC comme plateforme de services de bibliothèque pour 17 de ses établissements membres.

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