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US NISO announces 2018 calendar of educational events - 12 Dec 2017

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced a strong slate of programs for 2018. Members will benefit from an array of webinars, virtual conferences, and training programs, all tailored toward users who seek better ways of creating and using information systems and services. Professionals in libraries and related technology companies are the target audience for the events, and the material on offer is developed and presented by leaders in those fields.

The webinar topics for 2018 will address: Annotation - Practices and Tools in a Digital Environment; The Evolving Natures of Reference Work and Reference Product; Library as Publisher (Two-Part Webinar); Can There Be Neutrality in Cataloging? A Conversation Starter; Trends in Technology: Smart Services in the Academic Library; Innovative Tools and Apps: What's Hot; Discovery: Where Researchers Start; Using Analytics to Extract Value from the Library's Data (Two-Part Webinar); Library Funding, Advocacy, and Strategic Approaches to Funding Scholarly Initiatives (Two-Part Webinar); Building Diversity in the Workforce; and Maker Spaces: Things that Go Bop, Whizz, and Clank!

Next year will also see NISO presenting several of its popular, five-hour virtual conferences, some of which are followed by a relevant Training Thursday event.

For those interested in maximizing their training dollars, subscription options are available. For webinars, NISO members may sign up for the Buy 9, Get 5 Free package, and ensure access to all 14 of the NISO webinars. Alternatively, members may opt for the Buy 5, Get 4 Free package, and choose nine webinars from the 2018 line up. Organisations pay a single fee to enable viewing access for multiple team members in a collaborative group setting. Webinar registrants hold access to the recorded version for a full year, allowing even greater opportunity for staff to benefit from that single registration. Similarly, those wishing to pay for the full set of virtual conferences being offered in 2018 may do by subscribing to the Buy 3, Get 3 Free package.

A full roster of events is available at the NISO website.

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US Wiley partners with Arizona State University to strengthen higher education outcomes in Vietnam - 12 Dec 2017

Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) to provide higher education institutions funding, leadership training materials and publishing workshops in order to develop engineering and science capacity in Vietnam. The agreement complements ASU's BUILD-IT Project, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which brings together government, industry and academic partners with the shared goal of providing high-quality programs that link together science, technology engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

With 80% of the 54 million workers in Vietnam not having appropriate skills to participate in the digital economy, this agreement will strengthen the programs available within Vietnam institutions and provide additional opportunities for students to better compete in the current and future workforce. The agreement aligns closely with the Vietnam government's Industrial Revolution 4.0 initiative to develop skills that will be crucial to ensure Vietnam's sustained growth and competitiveness. Industrial Revolution 4.0 targets major innovations in digital technology, all coming to maturity right now and poised to transform the shape of regional and global economy.

BUILD-IT brings together government, industry and academic partners with the shared goal of providing high quality programs that link together the STEM subjects of science, technology engineering and math. BUILD-IT seeks to strengthen higher education policy toward autonomy in Vietnam to ensure world-class governance; to open opportunities for professional development, innovation and STEM mentorships through university and private sector collaboration; and to develop the highest standard of educational programs, training and accreditation that improve academic outcomes.

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UK UK's scientific legacy in the Royal Society’s new digital archive - 12 Dec 2017

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of sciences, is making over 330 years' worth of high-quality, full colour images from its journals available online. The content, which includes annotations, illustrations, and additional material between 1665 and 1996, has so far only been available to people visiting the library. Up until January 24, 2018, the archive will be free to access.

Improved metadata means the collection is now easier to search, helping to navigate through over 350 years of science in the making. Each article has been tagged individually by experienced indexers, capturing a wealth of information that was not previously searchable.

The Royal Society captured every single one of the 740,000 pages of the 1665-1996 physical journal collections held at Carlton Terrace House. The images have been processed to achieve a high level of consistency but retained the original page colour and general appearance, including notes in the margin, has been retained to give the reader the experience of browsing the archive itself.

Users can now digitally access some of the most important scientific texts in history, including Newton's theory of light and colour, Franklin's electrical experiments, Lonsdale's crystallography, Turing's paper on morphogenesis and many more. Some influential papers published in Philosophical Transactions are included in the archive.

An extended version of the archive is also available to purchase, which would give institutions perpetual access to content from 1665-1996 and its own copy to include in its repository, perfect for data mining, complete with An indexing database allowing for improved search; Extended metadata and math ml; no annual maintenance fee; and higher resolution images.

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France EDP Sciences and Couperin.org sign 5-year open access deal - 12 Dec 2017

EDP Sciences and Couperin.org, the national consortium for academics in France, have signed a significant 5-year open access deal. Through this deal, all authors from French institutions participating in the agreement, including world leading research centers, universities and engineering schools will now be able to choose to publish their articles under an open access CC-BY license in a large selection of EDP Sciences journals regardless of whether their institution has a current subscription or not.

While open access publication is at the heart of this significant agreement, in addition, all participating higher education and research institutes based in France gain access to the full collection of academic journals published by EDP Sciences, most of which are owned by learned societies. This gives French researchers unrestricted exchange and access to scientific information within their global scientific communities, assuring unrestricted advancement of science.

EDP Sciences is a mission-driven international not-for-profit publisher owned by learned societies with shared values to accelerate scientific progress through the dissemination of important research and to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas to society in general. EDP Sciences has almost a century's experience of publishing journals, books and conference proceedings and have been supporting Open Access for a number of years.

Couperin.org is a not-for-profit national academic consortium with more than 250 members. It is financed by the contributions of its members and subsidized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France. They provide members with valuable services and are committed to promoting and advocating open access in France.

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UK Invitation to Tender: Citation Capture for Unique and Distinctive Collections - 12 Dec 2017

Research Libraries UK, The National Archives and Jisc will be working together to commission a significant piece of research into the use and presentation of unique and distinctive collections in academic publications as recorded through citations.

Unique and distinctive collections (UDCs) is a term used to encompass the very varied collections held by archives, special collections, libraries and museums throughout the UK and further afield. UDCs are held throughout the archive, library and wider heritage sectors, whether in county record offices and publically funded archives, university archives and special collections, businesses, and national libraries and archives. They are also held within museums and a broader range of heritage and cultural organisations.

Citation Capture aims to furnish the archivist, special collections librarian, and information professional with a better understanding of how academics cite UDC repositories, the nature and volume of the published outputs produced based on UDC research, and how (and what) UDC material is referenced within these. The continued development of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) places a premium on original and high-visibility research by academics, whereas there is a need for more robust measurements of user engagement and output from within the archives, library, and information sectors.

This first phase of Citation Capture will establish current academic practice in the citation of UDC repositories and the possibilities of introducing greater standardisation in citation practice. As leaders in their respective fields, Research Libraries UK, The National Archives, and Jisc are well positioned to undertake this work.

The project will seek to test the viability of establishing a national UDC referencing system. Details on submitting to this 'Invitation to Tender' is available online at http://www.rluk.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Citation-Capture-Joint-RLUK-TNA-Jisc-ITT-.pdf. The deadline for proposals is 17:00 on January 15, 2018.

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US ALCTS releases 2018 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Courses schedule - 12 Dec 2017

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced the release of the 2018 ALCTS Fundamentals Web Courses schedule. Focusing on the fundamentals of acquisitions, cataloguing, collection assessment, collection development and management, electronic resources acquisitions, and preservation, the Fundamentals Web Courses are presented as a series of related online courses that cover the basics of library technical services skill areas and are held multiple times throughout 2018.

Courses include Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC), Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA), Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP), Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA), Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM), Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions (FERA), and Fundamentals of Metadata (FOM). Registration fees for four-week courses are $109 for individual ALCTS members and $139 for non-members. Six-week course fees are $139 for individual ALCTS members and $169 for non-members.

These courses are limited to 25 students per session. For details on these courses, including the full 2018 Fundamentals Web Courses schedule, interested parties may visit the ALCTS Fundamentals Web Courses page.

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