Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive


January 18, 2022

Elsevier Elsevier appoints Laura Hassink as Managing Director, STM Journals. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Hassink as the new Managing Director for STM Journals, succeeding Philippe Terheggen, who has retired at the end of 2021 after a distinguished 30-year career at Elsevier. Laura will be responsible for Elsevier's portfolio of 2,650 journals managed by more than 24,000 editors, who collectively publish more than 560,000 research articles a year. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2022

Ubiquity Press University of North Alabama Upgrades Its Institutional Repository with Ubiquity Repositories. The end of 2021 saw the launch of University of North Alabama's Repository of Open Access Research (RoOAR) powered by Ubiquity Repositories. After testing various software and repository providers, UNA chose the Ubiquity Repositories platform, which largely outperformed all its competitors. [Full Announcement].

January 5, 2022

Overdrive Public Libraries and Schools Surpass Half a Billion Digital Book Loans in 2021. As the pandemic persisted in 2021, librarians and educators enabled readers worldwide to borrow 506 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, a 16% increase over 2020. With a focus on equity of access to books for all, libraries achieved all-time records for circulation while lowering the average cost-per-title borrowed. 2021 also produced a banner year of book sales and earnings to the authors and publishers who supply digital books to libraries. Data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

December 16, 2021

Wiley Wiley acquires eJournalPress. Global research and education leader Wiley announced the asset purchase of eJournalPress, a leading provider of software and support services for scholarly publishing. With this investment, Wiley plans to drive the evolution of the technology and platforms that underpin research publishing and advance the future of research communication. [Full Announcement].

Wiley Wiley and Carnegie Mellon University Sign Agreement to Make Research More Widely Accessible. Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a three-year open access agreement with Carnegie Mellon University, a renowned research university in the United States. The agreement will enable Carnegie Mellon's researchers the ability to publish all accepted articles open access in Wiley's journals, meaning that they are freely available to read and share upon publication. This agreement marks a critical step in the university's open access journey, expanding the reach of the research published by its distinguished faculty, most notably including forward-looking fields of study such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation. [Full Announcement].

Bloomsbury Bloomsbury acquires ABC-CLIO. Bloomsbury Publishin, the leading independent publisher, announced that it has completed the purchase of ABC-CLIO. The business will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic and Professional division and run as part of Bloomsbury USA. ABC-CLIO's 32 databases, which are split between Higher Education and Schools will enhance the Bloomsbury Digital Resources portfolio, enabling it to significantly scale the digital offering globally. It will also enable the company to expand its presence in the higher education market with an increased content set. [Full Announcement].

December 9, 2021

Copyright Clearance Center CCC Exceeds 1,000 Institutions and Funders on its RightsLink for Scientific Communications Platform. CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces that it has surpassed 1,000 institutions and funders on its RightsLink for Scientific Communications platform. RLSC is the most widely adopted, community-led market solution to support Open Access agreements. It is trusted by more than 30 leading publishers representing over 2,600 journals to simplify the management of OA agreements among publishers, institutions and funders in more than 60 countries. [Full Announcement].

December 8, 2021

SAGE SAGE Publishing founder Sara Miller McCune passes control of SAGE to the SAGE-SMM Trust. SAGE Publishing founder and owner Sara Miller McCune has signed over her voting shares and control of the company to the independent SAGE-SMM Trust. The move takes an irrevocable step towards her long-standing estate plan goal of ensuring SAGE remains an independent company focused on its mission to build bridges to knowledge through educational and research publishing. [Full Announcement].

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers STM Solutions builds collaboration platform to safeguard research integrity. STM Solutions, the operational arm of STM (The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) announced that it has started the development of a powerful new platform to detect integrity issues in manuscripts submitted for publication to scholarly journals. [Full Announcement].

December 7, 2021

EBSCO Information Services GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now offers manchesterhive from Manchester University Press. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCOnow supports the Manchester University Press  e-book platform, manchesterhive. With the addition of the manchesterhive platform, libraries will gain access to more than 2,000 DRM-free title-by-title e-books and nine eCollections through GOBI. All titles on the Manchester University Press e-book platform are Unlimited User, DRM-free and available worldwide. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2021

SAGE SAGE Publishing and Bodyswaps launch virtual reality resource for health and social care training. SAGE Publishing is partnering with Bodyswaps, an award-winning virtual reality (VR) platform, to launch a cutting-edge resource for health and social care training. The Mental Health Practitioner VR experience supports students in developing soft skills through an immersive virtual environment, representing a first step into a new generation of learning. [Full Announcement].

Wiley Wiley acquires open access innovator Knowledge Unlatched. Global research and education leader Wiley announced the acquisition of Knowledge Unlatched, an innovator in online open access solutions. With the acquisition of Knowledge Unlatched, Wiley continues to build on an acquisition strategy that advances its mission to unlock human potential. Recent acquisitions of J&J Editorial, Hindawi, Madgex and Atypon underscore the company's commitment to deliver innovative products and services that enable discovery, power education and shape workforces. [Full Announcement].

November 30, 2021

LibLynx LibLynx integrates with theIPregistry.org to simplify access control for De Gruyter. LibLynx has integrated data from theIPregistry.org into its Identity & Access solution to enable publishers to automatically maintain registered IP addresses. The enhanced service launched on the new De Gruyter publishing platform in October 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 29, 2021

NISO NISO publishes updated Access and License Indicators (ALI) Recommended Practice. The National Information Standards Organization announced publication of its updated Access and License Indicators Recommended Practice (NISO RP-22-2021). Originally published in 2015, this Recommended Practice defines the metadata indicators used to indicate free-to-read content, as well as for linking to license terms for the use/re-use of that content. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Elsevier acquires Osmosis.org, an innovative digital health education platform and enhances its global medical education portfolio. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, announced that it has acquired Osmosis, a US-based visual learning platform that has simplified the complex learning journey for millions of current and future healthcare professionals and their patients around the world. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2021

ProQuest Entrepreneurship-Focused Italian University adds its Doctoral works to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database. Business and economics-focused LIUC-Università Carlo Cattaneo will become the first Italian university to formally include its graduate research in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, the largest curated database of dissertations and theses in the world. LIUC-Università Carlo Cattaneo is an Italian university with a unique focus on entrepreneurship. Its business and economics research recognizes the central role of the entrepreneur in the economic process and prepares students for the demands of the business world. Including both current and future dissertations and theses into PQDT will elevate the university's work to the global economics conversation. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2021

ProQuest Manchester University Press ebooks now available in the Rialto and OASIS Marketplaces. Librarians can now use the ProQuest Rialto and OASIS digital marketplaces to directly acquire thousands of ebook titles published by Manchester University Press. [Full Announcement].

LibLynx LibLynx and PSI Metrics deliver industry reporting milestone for PLOS. A collaboration between LibLynx and PSI Metrics has enabled the Public Library of Science to become the first wholly Open Access publisher to deliver Release 5 COUNTER-compliant usage reporting to the library community. This is an important milestone in the development of usage reporting that meets the growing needs of the OA movement. [Full Announcement].

November 12, 2021

Storytel Storytel to acquire streaming service Audiobooks.com – entering the U.S. market. The Storytel Group , one of the world's largest audiobook and e-book streaming companies, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Audiobooks.com from KKR. Audiobooks.com is one of the leading services for audiobook experiences in the U.S. With this acquisition, Storytel extends its trajectory of expansion and profitable growth to the largest English-language audio market in the world. [Full Announcement].

November 8, 2021

JISC. Exact Editions Partners with Jisc on a New Deal for Further Education Colleges. Exact Editions has partnered with Jisc to provide a new deal for further education (FE) colleges across the UK that is available until the end of March 2022. The deal includes discounted prices on more than 70 prestigious titles across the platform that can be used as part of on-site teaching and home study. This partnership comes in recognition of the unprecedented financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and represents a joint initiative to provide affordable subscriptions to FE institutions. [Full Announcement].

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