First UK Survey of Academics 2012 Issued by Ithaka S+R
by Barbie E. Keiser
The first UK Survey of Academics 2012—issued by Ithaka S+R, funded and guided by Jisc, "UK's expert on digital technology for education and research," and Research Libraries UK—examines the attitudes and behaviors of researchers at academic institutions across the U.K. with regard to digital technologies, the internet, and open access. Published just weeks after the fifth U.S. Faculty Survey (covered in the NewsBreak of April 29, 2013), the survey attempts to discern how academics stay abreast of developments within their disciplines, choose research topics and publication channels, and teach their undergraduate students. Researchers' views on learned societies and university libraries and their collections are also explored. The bottom line is: Scholars are increasingly reliant on the internet for both research and publishing, and openness is prominent in both aspects of their work.
OCLC Working With Libraries to Test Record Management Functionality
OCLC is working with 13 libraries on three continents to beta test OCLC WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, which offers new record management functionality to enhance a library's ability to catalog its collections, including electronic, digital, and physical materials. It will be available to libraries using WorldShare Management Services (WMS) beginning in September 2013. In 2014, Record Manager will be available to all OCLC cataloging members using WMS, alternative cloud-based services, or traditional integrated library systems.
Ingram Expands Publisher Services With Life Print Program
Ingram Content Group, Inc. announced the launch of its Life Print program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books. It gives publishers the flexibility to manage all frontlist, backlist, and long tail titles from one source, using one file and one order process. The full-service program centralizes title management and integrates flexible costs with service levels.
New Initiative to Help Authors Increase Research Impact
Kudos, a startup that provides a cross-publisher service to help researchers maximize the usage and impact of published articles, announced the launch of a pilot phase in which it is partnering with Taylor & Francis Group and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The need for Kudos arises from developments in global academic and research policies that will increasingly see evolving interpretations of "impact" used to assess researcher excellence.
Useful Browser Extensions
by Paula J. Hane
Over the years, I've migrated from one web browser to another as needs and changing technology dictated. For me, that's included Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and my latest browser of choice, Google Chrome. Once I adopted Chrome—on both my PC and my Android phone—I began to encounter all manner of browser extensions that have offered me enhanced functionality. I'd like to share some of these treasures that have improved the browser experience for me. There are similar extensions for Firefox and other browsers, but I'll focus on those I use on Chrome.
Buying and Selling Information
A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
by Michael L. Gruenberg
Both sides of the negotiating table are represented in this practical and much-needed guide by Michael Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field. With over 30 years selling information to a wide variety of libraries, Gruenberg's time-tested tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by both information professionals and sales professionals
2014/232 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Pre-Order Price: $29.70
March 2–4, SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
March 4–7, iConference 2014: Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing
Sponsor/Organizer: iSchools Organization
March 5, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
March 5–6, Library Publishing Forum 2014
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
March 11–13, SMX West (Search Marketing Expo)
Place: San Jose, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Third Door Media
March 11–15, PLA 2014 Conference
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Library Association (PLA)
March 13–16, Leipzig Book Fair
Place: Leipzig, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Leipziger Messe
March 18–20, The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
March 18–20, ILLiad International Conference
Place: Virginia Beach, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Atlas Systems, Inc.
March 19–20, The Seventh Annual Library Technology Conference
Place: St. Paul, Minn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 21–24, Paris Book Fair
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Expositions France
March 22–24, The 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST 2014)
Place: Valencia, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: International Journal of Information Systems and Technologies (IJIST)
March 25–26, SMX Munich (Search Marketing Expo)
Sponsor/Organizer: Rising Media, Third Door Media
March 26–28, Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14)
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
March 27–28, The 2nd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2014)
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 28–April 7, The 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014
Sponsor/Organizer: Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT)
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