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March 26, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Libraries to Benefit From Journal Transfer Agreement

Twenty publishers have now endorsed the TRANSFER Code of Practice, which has been developed by a U.K. Serials Group (UKSG) working group to try and reduce the frustrations and complexities of journals transferring between publishers. The code provides best-practice guidelines and outlines responsibilities to ensure that journal content remains easily accessible in the event of a change of ownership. This means that library and reader access to more than 8,000 journals will now be protected in transfers between publisher signatories.

Major signatories to the code include Elsevier, Nature, and Wiley, but it is equally appropriate to smaller publishers-those signed up so far include the American Diabetes Association, Earthscan, and the Rural Sociological Society. UKSG's objective is to persuade all publishers of the importance and value of endorsing the TRANSFER code.

Many critical issues, such as continuity of access during a transfer or perpetual ongoing access to archives, were previously a grey area in journal sale agreements; this resulted in frustration for end users and librarians as key ejournals became temporarily or even permanently unavailable despite license terms. For more information and to sign up to the TRANSFER Code, visit

Source: The U.K. Serials Group

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