|Weekly News Digest
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New Database Sheds Light on U.S. Dissertations
EBSCO Information Services made the Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU) print index available digitally as American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955. EBSCO worked with the Congregational Library to digitize the DDAAU content and build this free database. Researchers can search the database by dissertation title, author, school, and other fields at opendissertations.com.
It includes about 100,000 dissertations that comprise the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities from 1933 to 1955. The DDAAU was published annually by H.W. Wilson.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
ACRL Standard Available for Public Comment
The Distance Learning Section (DLS) of ACRL announced that its standards committee prepared a draft revision of the 2008 Standards for Distance Learning Library Services. DLS requests that the public submit responses and suggestions on the draft by Nov. 1, 2014.
The committee will seek final approval of the draft, which is available for download, at the American Library Association’s (ALA) midwinter meeting in January 2015.
Source: Distance Learning Section of ACRL
3M Rolls Out Enhanced Self-Checkout System
3M Library Systems introduced its newly updated 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface, which simplifies the self-service checkout process for patrons. It offers two unique features that are new to public libraries: With Recommended Reads, patrons can get recommendations based on the items they check out, and Patron Promotions helps libraries feature their services and events using banner ads.
The Hennepin County Library in Minnesota agreed to install more than 80 new SelfCheck kiosks in its 41 locations by the end of 2014. “Our development team has made significant investments to advance our SelfCheck technology, and are confident that Hennepin County Library patrons will immediately appreciate the added services and improved functionality,” says Matthew Bellamy, 3M Library Systems’ sales and marketing manager. “The simplified interface and new features help optimize traffic and help the library meet the needs of their growing community.”
Source: 3M Library Systems
ingentaconnect Updates Go Live
Publishing Technology, PLC launched a new interface for and enhanced the features of its ingentaconnect scholarly publications resource. These updates constitute the first part of the multiphased relaunch of the ingentaconnect platform, with further enhancements planned during the next 6 months.
The site’s navigation, user experience, and ability to access information are enhanced, and the homepage has a new design that highlights featured publications, new and most-viewed titles on the platform, and ingentaconnect’s Twitter feed. Another new feature is Connect Compilations, which helps publishers bring together and repackage previously published content such as books, journals, and special reports to create customized digital content for specific audiences.
Source: Publishing Technology, PLC
Peaxy Hyperfiler Manages Big Data
Data solutions company Peaxy released the Peaxy Hyperfiler, its hyperscale data management system for enterprises. It accesses and manages massive amounts of unstructured data without disrupting business operations and makes all data—regardless of quantity or location—immediately available via a consistent data path so companies can work on highly technical, data-intensive initiatives more quickly and efficiently.
Features include scalability to tens of thousands of nodes (which enables the creation of a massive data infrastructure), fully distributed namespace and data space that eliminate data silos, automated and policy-based data migration, and remote and asynchronous replication that facilitates disaster recovery.
Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Prize Winners
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has released its predictions for the 2014 Nobel laureates. To forecast the winners, Thomson Reuters mined scientific research citations and conducted qualitative analysis to find the most influential nominees in chemistry, physics, economics, and medicine.
Researchers expected to be honored in the physiology or medicine category include David Julius, who made advances in pain management; and Charles Lee, Stephen W. Scherer, and Michael H. Wigler, whose research clarified how specific genetic variations link to disease. Among the predicted physics winners is Peidong Yang, who worked with light-generating nanowires for data storage and optical computing. The full list of winners, as well as an infographic, is available on Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch.
Source: Thomson Reuters
ProQuest's Collections Are Now Discoverable Through Primo
Ex Libris Group agreed to index 200-plus ProQuest databases—such as ProQuest Central and ABI/INFORM—in the Primo Central Index so they can be found via the Primo discovery service. The companies had previously collaborated to index ProQuest’s full-text and A&I databases in the Primo Central Index, and they began to explore a tighter integration of ProQuest’s Summon discovery service with the Ex Libris Alma management solution and ILS products.
“Having ProQuest resources searchable along with the other sources in Primo Central significantly extends the usability of the one-stop search solution for students,” says Knut Anton Bøckman, IT systems consultant at the Royal Library of Denmark. “This expansion of Primo Central is an important step for libraries that want to design the discovery options for resources that they subscribe to, the better to fulfill the diversity of user needs.”
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