STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of a new skills product for respiratory care professionals - Mosby’s Respiratory Care Skills.
Mosby’s Respiratory Care Skills gives respiratory therapists the first and only online skills database based on the latest evidence and clinical guidelines. This new collection follows the Mosby’s Skills model, providing evidence-based and standardised skills and procedures, with competency testing and documentation. Mosby’s Skills is an online skills reference and competency management resource designed to meet the respiratory therapy education and development needs of today’s healthcare organisations using an interdisciplinary approach to care.
Based on the most current evidence, each skill features a quick sheet, checklist, illustrations, multimedia demonstrations, and more to provide thorough explanations that help all types of learners master important skills. Mosby’s Respiratory Care Skills currently features 42 skills, with more launching later in 2012 and 2013.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Vocci as the third Co-Editor of the Society’s official journal, the Journal of Addiction Medicine. He joins Senior Editor Dr. George F. Koob and current Co-Editors Dr. Shannon C. Miller and Dr. Martha J. Wunsch.
Dr. Vocci is President and Senior Research Scientist of Friends Research Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Vocci previously served as Director, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Chief, Drug Abuse Staff, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is President-Elect of The College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
He joins Journal of Addiction Medicine at a critical time, with the journal experiencing such recent changes as inclusion in PubMed, a commitment to increase issue count from four issues to six issues a year, and an addition of electronic publication ahead of print.
Dr. Vocci’s research interests include developing medications for treating nicotine and stimulant dependence and evaluating best practices for treatment of opiate users with criminal justice involvement. He is beginning two new projects this year.
The Journal of Addiction Medicine is currently in its sixth year of publication and features peer-reviewed articles focused on developments in addiction medicine as well as on treatment innovations and ethical, economic, forensic, and social topics.
Technical professional association IEEE, US, has announced the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee (LMSC) University Outreach Program to engage university and college students and faculty in standards development. IEEE 802 is developing standards that seek to improve communication for communities everywhere, with many positive results including longer battery life, faster Internet access, improved health and better security.
The first University Outreach day will be at the San Diego IEEE 802 Plenary on July 17. It will begin with an orientation session, and then continues with opportunities to observe the groups actually developing standards. The programme will conclude with a session soliciting questions and feedback from participants. Interested students and faculty can find additional information on and register at the July IEEE 802 University Outreach day website.
IEEE 802 plenary meetings are held three times per year, in March, July and November. Beginning with the July meeting in San Diego, the IEEE 802 plenary meetings will welcome college and university students and faculty to IEEE 802 University Outreach day at a special registration fee of only $25.
IEEE standards are part of a suite of standards that are said to be the foundation for the Internet. IEEE 802 standards such as IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet) and IEEE 802.11 (commonly known as Wi- Fi) are the primary way users reach the Internet. These standards have been essential for the growth of a global economic and social model that has touched billions of lives. Many other activities with similar potential impacts are currently underway in IEEE 802. IEEE has over 400,000 members in more than 160 countries involved in 38 societies and seven technical councils, representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests.
The National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, has a deep interest in the publishing models used by scientific journals, from the viewpoints of practical and efficient use of titles that are indexed for MEDLINE, and the clear and accurate preservation of the scientific literature for use by future generations. This notice presents an opportunity for others with a similar interest to participate in the development of a Recommended Practice that will provide guidance on the presentation and identification of electronic journals, an undertaking of the National Information Standards Organization.
This Recommended Practice was developed to provide guidance on the presentation of e-journals - particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices - to publishers and platform providers, as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials librarians. In addition to the recommendations, the document includes extensive examples of good practices using screenshots from various publishers' online journals platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices.
Citations form the basis for much scholarly research. Connecting researchers with appropriate content is the goal of OpenURL linking and other reference linking systems. Unless journal websites accurately and uniformly list all the titles under which content was published, user access to desired content is considerably diminished. The PIE-J project was initiated to address these issues. The PIE-J Recommended Practice provides a clear and succinct list of guidelines that publishers can easily implement to facilitate long-term access to their e-journal content. This constructive advice will aid publishers with the presentation of born-digital content as well as supporting the continued digitisation of content from journals originally published only in print.
Executives from ProQuest were present as Queen Elizabeth II officially launched an online view into royal history: a digital retrospective of the complete personal journals of Queen Victoria, enabling the first-ever access to the private records of one of the world's most influential public figures. With its expertise in making rare, fragile works accessible to broad audiences, ProQuest is a partner in the project along with University of Oxford's renowned Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives.
According to ProQuest, its 'sophisticated digitisation and search technologies have been combined with the content and subject expertise of the Bodleian Libraries and the Royal Archives. In eight months, the organisations have enabled 43,000 pages of Queen Victoria's thoughts and experiences to be explored in an image-rich and easy-to-use website – www.queenvictoriasjournals.org. The launch date marks the birthday of Queen Victoria and coincides with a 60-year reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II - a ‘Diamond Jubilee’ year milestone that is shared by both monarchs.
Queen Victoria's journals have never been published in their entirety before and were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Global public access to the website is available through June 30. After this a specialised version for libraries will become available from ProQuest, enabling access for scholars, researchers and the general public around the world.
Online access to Queen Victoria's Journals includes features for easy browsing and reading. Pages from the journals can be searched by date or place of writing, and transcriptions of each page–searchable by keyword are currently provided for the period up to 1840, with further releases planned throughout the year. An interactive timeline and drawings by Queen Victoria, along with essays about aspects of her life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman and Peter Ward-Jones among others, add further perspective.
Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced that fifteen more libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services. The library management solution claims to be the first cooperative, Webscale library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-generation discovery tool for library users.
OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. Libraries using WorldShare Management Services find that they are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.
OCLC WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability in the US on July 1, 2011. Currently, 40 libraries are live with the new services. The 15 libraries announcing their selection of WorldShare Management Services bring the total number of libraries worldwide committed to using the services to 210.
The OCLC WorldShare Platform is the technical infrastructure on which OCLC’s Webscale services are built and provides data, tools and services for library developers, users and partners to create and share applications collectively. Libraries can build applications to meet local needs, while benefiting from the innovation of the broader global library community.
National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, has announced an agreement with Nowa Era, a part of Sanoma, to expand their partnership to include the development of Polish language science and history programmes for primary school. This agreement enables Nowa Era, a Poland-based school publisher, to use National Geographic articles, photography, illustration and video in science and history programmes for primary school in Poland and to carry the National Geographic Learning brand on those programmes.
Additionally, Nowa Era will begin publishing Explorer Magazine for the Polish primary school market. Explorer Magazine is one of the leading educational magazines in the US education market.
Since 2009, Cengage Learning and Nowa Era have collaborated to produce English language learning materials for the Polish school market with great success. The newly expanded relationship is expected to further leverage world-class National Geographic content and Nowa Era’s position in the Polish school market. Additionally, National Geographic Learning acquires the translation and adaptation rights to materials developed under this agreement for customers outside the Polish market.
Atypon, a provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, has announced that the Massachusetts Medical Society has renewed their contract with Atypon to continue providing the platform for the New England Journal of Medicine.
The New England Journal of Medicine claims to be the most widely read, cited, and influential general medical journal in the world, completing its second century of service to the medical community in 2012. More than 600,000 people in 177 countries read NEJM each week, the majority of them on NEJM.org.
NEJM redefined the medical journal with the launch of its Literatum-powered website in 2010. The website gives users a deeper, broader, and more engaging experience through enhanced search and navigation, specialty and topic pages, interactive elements, and a number of integrated multimedia features.