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US Nature honours four US scientists for mentorship - 11 Jan 2019

Nature, an international weekly journal of science, has honoured four US scientists for their mentorship of young scientists. The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science were first established in 2005 to champion the importance of providing young scientists with valuable support to help further their careers. This is the first time that awards have focused on scientists from the South of the US, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The joint recipients of the lifetime achievement award are: Isiah Warner, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Louisiana State University, and Jorge Alberto López, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso. The joint recipients of the mid-career achievement award are: Kjersti Aagaard, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, and Anita Corbett, Professor of Biology, Emory University.

Awardees of the Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science are nominated by a group of their former trainees, from different stages of the mentor's professional life; and the winners of the awards have demonstrated outstanding mentorship throughout their careers. Each winner receives a prize of $5,000 and will be recognised at events held at their respective academic institutions.

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US EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association award scholarships for five librarians to attend ALA Midwinter - 11 Jan 2019

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians with $1,000 scholarships to attend the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarships aim to defray the cost of travel and other expenses, helping librarians take advantage of the conference's professional development and networking opportunities.

As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay about how they plan to make a mark on their profession, while facing some of the current challenges libraries are undergoing. They were also asked to share how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development.

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long-standing tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences that provide funds for conference registration, travel and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honoured by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a scholarship breakfast.

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German COAR hosts webinar on Plan S and repositories - 11 Jan 2019

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) recently provided a response to the guidance on the implementation of Plan S, and hosted a webinar with the repository community to discuss Plan S requirements and the potential implications of them for repositories.

Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director of COAR led the webinar together with Paul Walk, member of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group, who provided important context and details related to the technical aspect of the COAR response. Shearer briefly explained COAR's reaction and response webinar participants and opened the floor for the questions and comments about the Plan S compliant repository requirements.

In general, COAR is strongly supportive of Plan S, that the repositories are included as a mechanism for complying with Plan S (as they are important to ensure innovation in the scholarly publishing system) but has some reservations about the specific functional requirements for repositories as currently outlined.

COAR will be revising its response to Plan S based on these discussions and other community feedback and will submit a final, formal response before February 1, 2019 and also post it on the COAR website.

Webinar recording and the slides of the presentation are now available through their channels.

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US Credo Online Reference Service recognised with Choice OAT Award - 11 Jan 2019

Choice has announced that Credo Online Reference Service has been recognised with an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award. The exploratory research platform added several new features in 2018, including a refreshed user-interface, a new content category providing currently trending topics, an update to its Mind Map visualisation feature, and functionality that enables instructors to embed content seamlessly into learning management systems. Never one to rest on its laurels, Credo will continue to simplify the research process and outfit librarians and students alike with innovative new tools in the coming year.

The forthcoming features–added standard at no cost for subscribers–will be Research Quick Tips, which will provide concise instructional videos embedded throughout the platform to cultivate information literacy skills while students are conducting research. Also launching in early 2019 is an update to the Mind Map that will allow librarians to embed the interactive feature outside the platform.

2018 marks the second occasion Credo has won an OAT award, having done so in 2014 as well. This year's selection was attributed to several innovative enhancements, foremost of which was the intuitive user-interface that also led Choice to name the platform 'Essential. All libraries. All levels.' in a recent review. Beginning a research project is oftentimes the most intimidating stage for students, and so Credo's developers designed the platform to help users easily navigate and get directly to relevant content from what can seem like an overwhelming amount of information.

Credo also significantly expanded its Real-time Reference featured search category. With regularly added articles from reliable sources like ProCon.org, The Conversation, and Bloomberg QuickTake, students investigating current events are able to more easily identify trending topics, gather background information, broaden keyword vocabulary, build context, and assess counterpoints, all while developing critical thinking skills.

Librarians who provide instruction benefited from Credo's efforts in the past year to improve teaching opportunities and facilitate better collaboration with faculty. To this end Credo added permalinks and Credo Embeds for all content, making it more convenient to provide students with exactly the right resources for any course. The company also worked with librarians from across the country to publish two open access e-guides, The Credo IL Strategy Handbook and The Credo FYE Guide: Practices for Enhancing Instruction.

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Switzerland Frontiers and the Justus Liebig University Giessen form OA publishing agreement - 11 Jan 2019

The Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Justus Liebig University Giessen, University of Giessen) has established an institutional agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers.

The Justus Liebig University Giessen supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, the University of Giessen has entered into an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from the University of Giessen may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author.

Eligible authors are corresponding authors affiliated to the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Eligible authors will benefit from a streamlined invoicing process, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at the University of Giessen Library, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, the University of Giessen and its Library will benefit from a discount on articles covered by this agreement.

This agreement will further encourage University of Giessen authors to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access for fellow researchers and the public at large to the results of mostly publicly funded research, while reducing costs.

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US University of Florida, National Library of Cuba and OCLC to open Cuban collections to researchers worldwide - 11 Jan 2019

The University of Florida is working with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (BNCJM), the National Library of Cuba, to register Cuban materials in WorldCat, a comprehensive global database of library collection, making these resources available to researchers around the world.

Through a unique partnership between the BNCJM, the University of Florida and OCLC, 133,000 Cuban titles have been registered in WorldCat. More than 97,000 of these are unique records in WorldCat, and valuable additions to the worldwide library community.

OCLC provided expertise in data cleansing and loaded the data in WorldCat for tens of thousands of BNCJM records. In addition, the University of Florida converted thousands of cards to Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) records, provided BNCJM with copies of all the records loaded to date, and is providing ongoing support to BNCJM for loading future catalogue records into WorldCat.

The BNCJM collection appears in WorldCat as part of the University of Florida Libraries collection distinguished by the holding designation "University of Florida BNCJM." Interlibrary loan is not available for these items, but the digital surrogates will become available for public access through Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony, a set of initiatives to create broad and deep open access to digital collections that celebrate Cuban patrimony, including the unique holdings of the BNCJM.

The Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida began to develop and program collections to support Cuban studies in the late 1920s, and in 1952 under the national Farmington Plan, assumed a special responsibility for acquisitions. The Latin American and Caribbean Collection alone contains thousands of printed works and reels of microfilm concerning Cuba, and these holdings continue to grow rapidly each year. This reflects the University of Florida's overall broad-based interest in Cuba.

WorldCat offers researchers the ability to view library collections from anywhere in the world, giving them access to a rich assortment of information. There are 491 languages and dialects represented in WorldCat, and 62 percent of records represent materials in languages other than English.

Collections represented in WorldCat span more than 5,000 years of recorded knowledge. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats-books, e-books, DVDs, digital resources, serials, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials, computer files and more.

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