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Weekly News Digest

April 9, 2015 — 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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ProQuest's Acquisition of SIPX Connects Libraries to the University Community

ProQuest—through its affiliate Bowker—acquired digital course materials solution creator SIPX. The company connects students to already-purchased materials that are available at the university library, thereby eliminating universities’ duplicate spending on course packs. It offers a simple solution for compiling, delivering, and managing digital reading lists. Faculty members and library staffers can use SIPX to set up course readings and automatically check for works that are available from the library, either from the library’s subscriptions or open sources.

“SIPX’s contributions to the Higher Education community align with ProQuest’s mission to connect libraries more deeply into the day-to-day research and education needs of students and faculty,” says Kurt Sanford, ProQuest’s CEO. “Its service enables universities to further leverage the investments their libraries have made in their research collections. With our support, customer relationships and investment, we will rapidly increase the availability and richness of SIPX’s services.”

For more information, read the press release.

SAGE Adopts CCC's RightsLink for Open Access

SAGE Publications will use Copyright Clearance Center’s (CCC) RightsLink for Open Access platform to manage its open access (OA) publications’ article processing charges (APCs). With RightsLink for Open Access, the transactions for various OA charges are streamlined, and SAGE authors will be prompted to pay APCs from within the editorial workflow.

“SAGE made it clear that speed-to-market was a critical factor in its choice to go with CCC,” says Darren Gillgrass, CCC’s director of product management for rightsholder products and services. “As a highly configurable platform, RightsLink for Open Access was able to meet SAGE’s timeline requirement for its initial rollout while still providing a branded solution that reflects SAGE’s unique Open Access pricing and discount rules.”

For more information, read the press release.

Gale and EveryLibrary Raise Awareness of Library Resources

Gale and EveryLibrary partnered for a media campaign designed to increase awareness of libraries’ importance in community and economic development and their role in the discovery of information and as Big Data enterprises. They aim to show the entrepreneur and startup business community the value of libraries by showcasing the institutions’ business reference services and support resources. The campaign will run through January 2016.

“Libraries are the heart of communities and that is why advocacy has been a core part of Gale since it was founded over 60 years ago,” says Lisa Spicko, VP of marketing at Gale. “Our innovative campaigns on behalf of libraries, such as our recent My Library Story community which pledged a national promotion for libraries, led to the establishment of this partnership that will highlight the unique benefits only libraries and librarians can offer.”

For more information, read the press release.

CERN and Elsevier Further Their OA Goals

Certain articles by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) authors published in Elsevier’s journals (including Section A of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Nuclear Physics A, and Physics of the Dark Universe) that are not covered by the SCOAP3 Open Access (OA) initiative will now be OA. These articles cover fields such as nuclear physics, instrumentation, astroparticle physics, and scientific computing. Reuse of the articles will be determined by Creative Commons CC BY licenses.

CERN is working toward a target of 100% gold OA for all of its physics results as of 2015.

For more information, read the press release.

HighWire Press Rolls Out Collaboration and Content Collection Toolset

HighWire Press launched Stackly, a web-based toolset for content collection, organization, storage, and peer-to-peer collaboration that integrates into publication sites so publishers can promote content and engage with researchers.

“Stackly is a powerful tool that allows publishers to extend the reach of their content by creating an interactive community around it,” says Dan Filby, HighWire Press’ CEO. With Stackly, editors can build article collections on publication sites and invite others to collaborate.

For more information, read the press release.

ReadCube Indexes Royal Society of Chemistry Archive

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s collection of ebooks and 39 journals is now discoverable via the ReadCube platform. The society’s archive, which dates from 1841, is indexed in ReadCube’s search engines and recommendation feeds.

Ebook chapters and journal articles are enhanced with reading features (e.g., hyperlinked in-line citations, annotation tools, and integrated altmetrics) for viewing in ReadCube’s free web, desktop, and mobile apps.

For more information, read the press release.

EBSCO Introduces Arabic-Language Ebook Collection

EBSCO Information Services expanded its Arabic-language ebook content with the release of the eBook Arabic Collection from EBSCO eBooks and Audiobooks. The collection of more than 1,000 multidisciplinary titles is produced specifically for libraries in Arab League countries and Arab scholars. Subjects covered include business and management, social sciences, Islamic studies, and engineering.

For more information, read the press release.

CCC Forms Partnership for Rights Licensing

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) joined forces with IPR License to help publishers, agents, and authors find and secure the rights to republish works. Using IPR License’s online marketplace of more than 13 million records, they can search for, make offers, negotiate, and complete transactions on subsidiary rights deals.

CCC will refer users to IPR License, and IPR License will transfer rights and permissions requests for portions of content to CCC’s website. “IPR License’s bespoke platform TradeRights supplements CCC’s efforts to connect licensors and licensees throughout the world,” says Tom Chalmers, IPR License’s managing director and founder. “As our organizations provide complementary services, this partnership is a natural fit and one we have plans to build on in the future.”

For more information, read the press release.

Springer and Jisc Work Toward Sustainable OA Publishing

Springer Science+Business Media and Jisc reached an agreement that helps U.K. scientists comply with multiple funders’ open access (OA) policies by capping the amount paid by higher education institutions for access to Springer’s subscription journals and ensuring that researchers’ articles will be OA in these journals.

The agreement aims to reduce the cost and administration barriers to hybrid OA publishing for academic institutions in the U.K. so that they can transition to OA publishing in a transparent and sustainable way.

For more information, read the press release.

Boopsie Releases Integration Solution for ILSs

Boopsie for Libraries introduced AccessILS, its new platform-as-a-service that helps digital content providers integrate with major ILSs. Content providers can join their digital catalogs with the legacy systems used by libraries to manage their physical catalogs, thereby removing barriers to content distribution.

AccessILS is a cloud-based solution for both desktop computers and mobile devices. It enables functionality beyond checkouts, such as a single view of digital and nondigital holdings; information about holds, history, and patrons; and full category search.

For more information, read the press release.

NFAIS to Host Workshop on Research Data Publication

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will host a 1-day workshop on April 20 titled Research Data Publication, Part 2: The Complexities of Implementation. It will focus on barriers to accessing research data and how they affect publishers, content providers, libraries, and the scholarly research community. Attendance can be on-site in Philadelphia or online.

Other issues that will be addressed include “the practical challenges of making publication of research data available more broadly; current policies around the discoverability of data; and the need to reduce administrative burdens on researchers.”

For more information, read the press release.

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