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AALL Unveils Report on the State of the Legal Information Profession

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) published the 2021 AALL State of the Profession Report, “a data-driven exploration of the landscape in law libraries and in the legal information profession.” The press release notes, “It is intended to be used as a tool for organizational benchmarking, advocacy, strategic planning—as well as for personal and professional development. The report provides quantitative insights on the impact of COVID-19 in law libraries, diversity, budgets, user services, operations, collections, preservation, partnerships, and technology.” The report can be purchased in print or digital or as a print-plus-digital bundle.

Three main library types are explored—academic, law firm/corporate, and government. The following are key findings from each:

  • Academic: Respondents reported that two-thirds (66.7%) of law school libraries’ staff are involved with testing technology and research tools for purchase.
  • Law Firm/Corporate: 84.8 percent of firm/corporate law libraries are involved in partnerships and endeavors outside their department that utilize their research skills, technical knowledge, leadership, and adaptability.
  • Government: More than 60 percent (61.3%) of government law libraries have collaborative relationships with bar associations and 58.1 percent partner with other government law libraries.

For more information, read the press release.

Springer Nature Completes Pilot for Streamlined ISSN Workflow

The ISSN International Centre has finished a pilot project with Springer Nature that developed a new, centralized process for assigning International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) to Springer Nature-branded periodicals and book series. According to the press release, “It involves the automated ISSN assignment to pre-publications through transfer of metadata from Springer Nature to the ISSN International Centre which dispatches the metadata to ISSN National Centres, e.g. ISSN Germany, ISSN Singapore, ISSN Switzerland, ISSN UK and ISSN USA.”

Now, Springer Nature has one point of contact for ISSN assignments, making it easier to track serial publications in its internal workflow and transactions with business partners. In addition, more journals and book series will have better identification earlier in the publishing process. Per the press release, “1,309 Springer Nature new titles were identified in 2020 compared to 457 in 2010 and 593 in 2015.”

“As an international publisher, we can handle numerous ISSN application workflows with different national ISSN Centres, depending on the place of publication. This can be time-consuming. The new centralized process streamlines that workflow ensuring, collectively, we can deliver a more efficient process out to the community,” says Rembert Wohlers, data manager at Springer Nature.

For more information, read the press release.

EveryLibrary's 2021 Artists in Residence Get to Work

EveryLibrary shared the participants in its 2021 Artist in Residence program: Corinne Lightweaver (a visual artist and writer), Ray Briggs (a musician and assistant director of jazz studies at California State University–Long Beach), and Victoria Hurtado-Angulo (a poet and artist). The program serves as a way to discuss sensitive topics with “delight and logic,” says EveryLibrary founder John Chrastka. EveryLibrary notes, “The artists will be exploring the topic of the intersectionality of libraries, politics, and art and their relationship.” EveryLibrary’s Katalin Szeker will serve as the program’s producer. The results of the artists’ work will be shared from September through early November.

For more information, read the news item.

Clarivate Shares 2021 Journal Citation Reports, Implements Journal Citation Indicator

Clarivate rolled out the 2021 Journal Citation Reports, with this year’s edition featuring expanded content, a new Journal Citation Indicator (to complement the Journal Impact Factor), and an updated user interface. Based on 2020 data compiled from the Web of Science Core Collection, the release helps researchers evaluate global academic journals using various indicators, descriptive data, and visualizations. Academic publishers also use it to study the impact of their journals and promote them to the research community.

Highlights from the 2021 edition include the following:

  • [M]ore than 20,000 journals [come] from 113 countries across five continents and 254 research categories in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • More than 14,000 journals have at least one Gold Open Access publication, with more than 4,600 being fully Open Access.
  • The Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) will be included in the [Journal Citation Reports] for the first time this year, accounting for over 70% more content.
  • Developed by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) at Clarivate, [the Journal Citation Indicator] represents the average category-normalized citation impact for papers published in the prior three-year period, providing a single journal-level metric that can be easily interpreted and compared across disciplines.

For more information, read the press release.

LYRASIS and DPLA Form Partnership to Create The Palace Project

The Palace Project, “a transformational, library-centered platform for digital content and services” is in the works thanks to a partnership among the Digital Library of America (DPLA), LYRASIS, and the Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation provided a $5 million investment so that LYRASIS and DPLA can “develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons.”

The press release continues, “The Palace Project will enable libraries to deliver content to patrons from all major e-content providers, including DPLA Exchange. Knight Foundation’s funding allows for a one-click, turnkey patron experience accessing content ranging from Amazon Publishing, to major publishers and independents, to local authors and open, accessible content.” In addition, “The Palace Project will support the mission of public libraries by providing equitable access to digital knowledge, bolstering the direct relationship between libraries and patrons, and protecting patron privacy by enabling libraries to serve content to patrons from all the major e-content providers.”

Michele Kimpton, formerly director of business development and senior strategist at DPLA, will lead The Palace Project as LYRASIS’ global director of The Palace Project division. Its launch is planned for early fall 2021.

For more information, read the press release.

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