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January 17, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Wiley Acquires Assets of FIZ Chemie Berlin

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced that it has acquired the assets of the FIZ Chemie Berlin, a provider of online database products for organic and industrial chemists. The acquisition aligns with the company’s long-term strategy to support research, learning, and professional practice through high-quality content and services. Wiley is expanding its presence in Berlin with the new venture providing roles for more than 30 skilled information professionals.

“The FIZ suite of databases and services are a great addition to Wiley’s deep reservoir of chemical databases, journals, books, and references. The FIZ products and services will enable Wiley to build a new generation of information products to help boost the productivity of chemists,” said Steve Miron, senior vice president of the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly group at Wiley.

The products include the ChemInform weekly abstracting service and reaction database (CIRX), as well as the abstracting journal Chemisches Zentralblatt, the InfoTherm database of thermophysical properties, and elearning tools and services.

Jon Walmsley, managing director, physical sciences and engineering, said, “The acquisition will position Wiley’s premier Chemistry publishing program and its society partners for future growth. This portfolio, which includes such eminent society journals as Angewandte Chemie (GDCh) and European Journal of Organic Chemistry (ChemPubSocEurope), as well as book and reference brands like Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry and Larock’s Comprehensive Organic Transformations will provide a powerhouse of brands with which to leverage the capabilities of the new operation. In addition we will make significant investments in the sales and marketing of the products.”

Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Trumba Calendar Solution Available Through Boopsie

Boopsie, a mobile solution for universities and libraries worldwide, and Trumba Corp., a developer of online calendaring solutions, announced the availability of Trumba Connect through the Boopsie platform. The partnership will make it easy for library patrons whose libraries subscribe to both services to access calendar and event information anytime, anywhere through the Boopsie native mobile app.

“Trumba’s powerful and flexible publishing features such as calendar sharing and custom fields are critical for libraries and organizations that publish and promote events across multiple locations,” says Dan Hickman, president of Trumba Corp. “Trumba’s event data feeds are easily integrated into mobile apps, enabling our customers to provide their audience with up-to-date event information wherever they are. Partnering with Boopsie provides our library customers a comprehensive solution, integrating their Trumba event calendars into their mobile apps so that library patrons have everything they need in one place, available anywhere.”

In use in more than 2,500 libraries and universities, Boopsie is changing the way libraries look at their mobile presence, taking a more strategic approach to delivering content beyond the library catalog to users when and where they need information. The Boopsie application is customized for each individual library to provide the sophisticated functionality of today’s complex library onto a handheld device.

Trumba Connect helps organizations increase event awareness and attendance and better connects them with their audiences through a comprehensive suite of tools that includes a hosted, interactive web calendar, email, and reporting services.

Source: Boopsie and Trumba Corp.

eBooks on EBSCOhost to be Available Via Ingramís OASIS

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Ingram Content Group Inc. announced an agreement aimed at benefitting mutual customers of Ingram’s OASIS (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) and eBooks on EBSCOhost. The agreement will allow libraries to order eBooks on EBSCOhost through OASIS. EBSCO is the first outside ebook provider to be incorporated into OASIS.

“As libraries develop programs to meet the changing needs of their patrons, Ingram is uniquely positioned to help content reach its destination, regardless of whether that destination is the printed page or a digital device,” said Dan Sheehan, vice president and general manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “Through our work with EBSCO, OASIS users will have access to an expanded selection of digital content, and, the added flexibility to acquire materials that they and their patrons require from one comprehensive source.”

EBSCO and Ingram continue to work on a development plan to support all user models. eBooks on EBSCOhost via OASIS is expected to be available to academic libraries in the spring.

The OASIS platform is Ingram's comprehensive online library interface for bibliographic information and searching, book and ebook acquisition, collection development and workflow management. Through OASIS, libraries are able to access a database of millions of titles; search, select, and manage orders online; download records, including no-cost MARC downloads; monitor standing orders; manage approval plans and new title notification plans; track orders and access reporting information.

EBSCO’s extensive collection of ebook titles on EBSCOhost allows for a comprehensive and powerful search experience—with every search, relevant ebook titles appear directly alongside other EBSCO databases, exposing users to the full depth of a library’s offerings and increasing usage and visibility of the library’s entire collection. EBSCO offers more than 350,000 high-quality ebook titles from leading publishers.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

F1000Research Launches Following Successful Beta-Testing Phase

F1000Research, the first Open Science publisher, has launched following a successful beta testing phase. Launching on a new publishing platform, F1000Research is F1000’s new Open Science publishing program for life scientists, offering researchers for the first time immediate publication, transparent and fast peer-review post-publication, and full data deposition and sharing.

After receiving extensive support from the scientific community during its 6-month beta-testing phase, F1000Research now marks its official launch with a new custom-built site and takes on a stronger identity with its burnt-orange branding. “We have been delighted by the response we have received since our beta launch last July, especially from authors and referees”, said Rebecca Lawrence, publisher of F1000Research. “Many of those who have already published with us are now submitting further papers,” she added.

F1000Research’s unique combination of immediate publication followed by very fast and transparent full peer review makes it extremely attractive, especially for authors who need to publish quickly to support grant applications or who want to prevent having their work being scooped by others.

Submissions have come from around the globe and report on research supported by some of the world’s largest and most respected funding bodies, including the NIH, Wellcome Trust, WHO, NIHR, CORDIS, CNRS, NERC, and the Canadian Institutes for Health.

Some 200 of the most eminent names in biology and medicine have joined F1000Research’s international Advisory Panel (see the full listing here) and more than 1,000 global experts sit on the Editorial Board.

Source: F1000Research

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released a new library resource featuring a comprehensive digital collection of poetry and short stories available for use by students, teachers, and researchers. Poetry & Short Story Reference Center offers users access to a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary full-text poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.

The full-text database includes more than 500 ebooks and provides hundreds of thousands of original works of poetry from major literary publishers spanning several centuries. Information is included from books, literary journals, as well as major respected reference works, including exclusive titles from Salem Press such as the newly released Critical Survey of Poetry and Critical Survey of Short Fiction.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center has extensive works of American and English poets along with international poetry, and it features classic and contemporary poems, short stories, plays, speeches, classic books, biographies, critical analyses, contextual essays, and explications for important works. It also includes essays on poetic forms, techniques and movements, multimedia presentation, including more than 2,200 audio and video recordings of poets reading their work, as well as discussions and interviews. In addition, Poetry & Short Story Reference Center includes teaching and learning resources for students and educators, including lesson plans and assignments.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Atlas and OCLC Announce CONTENTdm and Aeon Integration

Atlas Systems, a provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, and OCLC announced the integration of the CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software and Atlas System's Aeon software for managing special collections user services. The integration enables end users of CONTENTdm collections to place an online request to view the original item in a library’s special collections reading room or order publication-quality reproductions via Aeon, paying any usage fees online with a credit card. The University of Miami (Fla.) and the Claremont Colleges Library (Calif.) have successfully piloted the integration.

According to Christian Dupont, Aeon program director for Atlas Systems, the integration is managed with a custom script that adds a button to item record displays in CONTENTdm online collections. End users can click the button either to page the original item for reading room use or to order a higher-quality reproduction. “Libraries want to make it easy for researchers to not only find information online but to also then request desired services through a simple, streamlined process,” Dupont said. “The integration of Aeon with CONTENTdm enables Aeon to function as the ‘shopping cart’ service that many CONTENTdm sites have been seeking.”

Aeon enhances special collections user services by offering researchers the convenience of automated online requesting through a personalized web account. Aeon maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security, and statistics.

CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software handles the storage, management, and delivery of collections to users across the web. More than 2,000 organizations worldwide use CONTENTdm to provide access to their digital collections.

Source: Atlas Systems and OCLC



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