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US Academic libraries across England gain wider access to ProQuest’s ebook collection through EBL and ebrary platforms - 05 Sep 2013

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that academic libraries across England will now have wider access to ProQuest extensive ebook collection through EBL - Ebook Library (EBL) and ebrary platforms. The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has selected both EBL and ebrary as recommended ebook suppliers for the next two to four years.

Under this new framework agreement, more than 500 higher and further education institutions across England can acquire ebook content from EBL and ebrary. Both platforms seamlessly integrate into a library's own collection management and catalogue systems and offer online and mobile access. The agreement began this August and provides Joint Consortia members with a simplified framework for acquiring and accessing hundreds of thousands of ebooks available through ebrary and EBL.

ProQuest strengthened its already successful ebook business through its acquisition of EBL earlier this year, enabling the company to significantly expand its ebook delivery and aggregation capabilities and offering greater choice to libraries worldwide.

Combined, EBL and ebrary offer access to more than 500,000 titles, with the widest selection of access models. Both platforms offer libraries the option to purchase with perpetual access, with multiple concurrent access models available for most titles. ebrary's acclaimed Academic Complete subscription provides access to a growing collection of more than 86,000 titles. EBL's Non-Linear Lending and sophisticated Demand-driven Acquisition models offer libraries uniquely flexible acquisition options.

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US Artemis Health Group selects Health Language to support regulatory compliance and interoperability in ambulatory EHR and PM offerings - 05 Sep 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that Artemis Health Group, Inc. has selected its Health Language applications to promote clinical documentation, regulatory compliance and interoperability in the Artemis suite of OB-GYN electronic health record (EHR), practice management and patient engagement solutions.

Artemis Health Group will utilise the advanced Language Engine and Provider Friendly Terminology to normalise data into standard terminologies and enhance diagnosis and problem search, ensuring compliance with Meaningful Use and ICD-10. Health Language solutions will also be leveraged to make interoperability a reality between the company's EHR and practice management solution.

Headquartered in Brentwood, TN, Artemis Health Group is a provider of clinical workflow and mobile patient engagement solutions for OB-GYN physician practices. The company's solutions are used by practices across 45 states to improve care delivery, workflow efficiency and profitability.

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US BMJ selects CCC’s RightsLink for Open Access to manage APCs for its publications - 05 Sep 2013

Licensing solutions provider Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), US, has announced that medical knowledge provider BMJ has selected CCC's RightsLink for Open Access to manage Article Processing Charges (APCs) for its Open Access publications.

BMJ (formerly BMJ Group) advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value.

According to Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC, RightsLink for Open Access enables scholarly and academic publishers to quickly and effectively execute APCs as well as page and colour changes, submission fees and author reprints. It is expected that by implementing RightsLink for Open Access for its publications, BMJ will reduce costs, increase operational efficiency to help grow its business, and improve author satisfaction.

CCC has been helping publishers improve the author experience in collecting APCs for over six years and welcomes efforts toward standardisation and transparency. It recently joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, working with its members on issues such as collecting APCs and Open Access-aware licensing.

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US Global sales in the medical publishing market fell 2.4 percent in 2012, says Simba report - 05 Sep 2013

Media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has released a report, according to which, global sales in the medical publishing market fell 2.4 percent to $10.1 billion in 2012. The report, Global Medical Publishing 2013-2014, found that the worldwide recession had a broad impact on the revenue streams of medical publishers. Academic institutions faced budget pressure, which made subscription renewals difficult. Corporate customers and advertisers also cut back their spending in light of the recession's impact. Globally, the market has been flat since 2010. Books and pharmaceutical journal advertising are on the decline. Thomson Reuters and McGraw Hill, once market leaders, have sold their medical publishing businesses.

The patterns have been clear for several years, but accelerated in 2012, particularly the decline in book sales. Simba estimates that medical book sales fell 2.5 percent to $2.96 billion in 2012.

In response to the market's challenges, other leading medical publishers are moving aggressively to develop and acquire information-based products that are often accessed via mobile devices and can be integrated into the workflow within the healthcare system. Individual print book sales, a mainstay in medicine and nursing textbooks, are being supplanted by applications on tablets and mobile phones, electronic references and other online services.

As a result, online services continue to be the fastest growing activity in medical publishing - up an estimated 3.8 percent in 2012. The developed world and English language are particularly important to this sector, but much of the growth comes from emerging markets like the Middle East and South East Asia where investments are being made in upgrading healthcare systems.

Global Medical Publishing 2013-2014 provides detailed market information for medical and healthcare publishing, segmented by delivery medium - journals, books, online services, newsletters/looseleafs/directories and other activities (audio, video and CD-ROM). It analyses trends impacting the industry and forecasts market growth to 2016. The report includes an in-depth review of 15 leading medical publishers, including Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, Truven Health Analytics, Springer Science+Business Media, John Wily & Sons, Igaku-Shoin, Thieme, American Medical Association, Epocrates and others.

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US McGraw-Hill Education announces major update to McGraw-Hill Connect - 05 Sep 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a major upgrade to McGraw-Hill Connect, the online learning platform of choice for hundreds of colleges and universities around the country. Drawing on the feedback of more than 125 instructors at 70 institutions, McGraw-Hill Education has streamlined and improved the platform's usability, making it easier than ever for instructors to create and manage their courses in less time.

Connect now offers new features like a proactive at-risk student notification tool and automation enhancements of routine classroom tasks, allowing instructors to spend less time on course administration and more time teaching. The update to Connect is one of five major digital product releases that McGraw-Hill Education has introduced in the past month.

The product of more than 10,000 engineering hours, the newest version of Connect's digital teaching, assignment and assessment platform introduces many data-guided features, including a new at-risk student notification tool that helps professors spot struggling students and intervene earlier than ever before to ensure their engagement, performance and learning stays on track. Connect also now features an updated Gradebook to offer a more intuitive, interactive grading environment with unique, comprehensive data transparency for students. The new Gradebook allows instructors to access data more easily and automate changes across assignments, courses and sections, all while providing clearer information to students so they can better understand and self-correct their course performance.

Connect, which initially launched in 2009, is a digital assignment and assessment platform that strengthens the link between faculty, students and coursework, helping everyone accomplish their learning objectives in less time. In a new effectiveness study released in July, McGraw-Hill Education demonstrated that on average, instructors using Connect reduced their grading time by 77 percent.

Connect offers several other new features and enhancements to the interface and functionality as well, further improving the experience for instructors and students. The Course Builder and Assignment Builder updates provide instructors with all the tools they need to easily create full courses and individual assignments. The Course Builder update opens access to LearnSmart Advantage, a suite of adaptive learning products, and allows instructors to easily find a Connect course through improved search functionality. The Assignment Builder update offers several time-saving elements, like allowing updates across multiple assignments or students.

An update to the LearnSmart user interface also allows instructors to more easily integrate adaptive learning technology into their courses, offering a consistent experience across the LearnSmart Advantage suite of products, including LearnSmart Labs, LearnSmart Prep and SmartBook.

The introduction of a new Section Overview feature gives instructors instant access to important context about the course. This new feature is especially useful for instructors who have received a shared or copied course, a common practice in large courses with several sections. Additionally, a more comprehensive Share/Copy functionality across assignments and eBook annotations enable instructors to quickly and easily share and enhance their courses.

The new features and updates offered in Connect are available to instructors and students immediately.

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US Reprints Desk’s A-Z Academic Document Delivery Collection now available to over 200 member institutions of CSU’s RapidILL system - 05 Sep 2013

Reprints Desk, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), has announced that its A-Z Academic Document Delivery Collection for full-text retrieval of scholarly research papers will soon be available to over 200 academic institutions that are members of the Colorado State University's (CSU) RapidILL system.

RapidILL members will benefit from another cost-effective content acquisition option that features fast delivery of journal article PDFs with coverage across nearly 20,000 journal publications and special copyright royalty rates and delivery fees.

RapidILL is a library resource sharing system created by the interlibrary loan staff at Colorado State in 1997 to improve literature borrowing, and lending. Member libraries are able to request content that is automatically checked against a database of records to identify and initiate acquisition sourcing based on a number of business rules. Reprints Desk joins existing document suppliers Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), Linda Hall Library, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Reprints Desk's A-Z Academic Document Delivery Collection comprises content from leading scholarly publishers, including Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Springer Verlag, Massachusetts Medical Society and dozens of others. Reprints Desk provides a high quality PDF within minutes for each document delivery request that the company receives and makes the service available for a low transactional service fee plus a special academic copyright royalty charge that can be as low as fifteen U.S. dollars.

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US LibQUAL+ opens registration for 2014 - 05 Sep 2013

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is inviting libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. The program's centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library.

Since 2000, more than 1,200 libraries in 28 countries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university, community college, health sciences, and academic law libraries. This growing community of participants and its extensive dataset of more than one million completed surveys are rich resources for improving library services.

New participants may register by e-mailing LibQUAL+. Participants will receive access to an array of assessment resources, free training, and timely delivery of survey results. The survey registration fee is $3,200. Past participants may register on the LibQUAL+ website and may be eligible for discounted fees.

As a benefit of registration, participants are able to view results for all libraries participating in the same survey year. For access to the full set of survey results from 2000 through 2014, institutions may purchase an annual LibQUAL+ Membership Subscription for $1,000.

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US The Charlesworth Group renews three and a half year contract with Allen Press - 05 Sep 2013

The Charlesworth Group has renewed a three and a half year typesetting agreement with Allen Press. The Charlesworth Group will continue to work closely with Allen Press to offer leading, cutting-edge XML based typesetting solutions which are specifically designed to help and support Allen Press and their growing customer base.

Allen Press provides a comprehensive offering of integrated services for scholarly journal and special-interest publication production. Since 1935, Allen Press has helped organisations disseminate research findings and other information through print media and online access. They also provide peer review and web-hosting services aimed at helping organisations deliver information faster than ever.

Allen Press' primary focus is to serve the scholarly publishing community, as well as special-interest publishers, and the content they produce is used by hundreds of leading professionals, consumers and libraries throughout the world.

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US Credo releases 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections - 05 Sep 2013

Information skills solutions provider Credo has launched 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections. This new collection adds to the more than 80 collections which are currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.

Credo's new collections help librarians grow their reference shelves through their Literati or Credo Online Reference Service solutions. The newly released collections include Intelecom Intelligent Telecommunications Collection, Anthropology Collection and Sociology Collection.

Credo has also released updates to 15 existing Subject and Publisher Collections, including the Criminal Justice Collection, the Psychology Collection, the Nursing and Allied Health Collection and the Gender and Women's Studies Collection.

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