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US Thomson Reuters and Russia's Scientific Electronic Library eLibrary.RU collaborate to showcase nation's leading research in Web of Science - 02 Oct 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Russia’s Scientific Electronic Library eLibrary.ru to make content from the Russian Science Citation Index accessible via the Web of Science, the premier global search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The initiative is expected to bring greater visibility and improved access to influential research being produced in Russia, particularly in the sciences. Content from the Russian Science Citation Index (1000 top-tier scholarly publications in Russia) will be made available as a new dataset on the Web of Science. It will seamlessly connect to the leading core journal indices within the Web of Science, and other databases on the platform such as the Data Citation Index, and the Book Citation Index, enabling researchers to review and analyze the regional research alongside top-tier international scholarly content.

The addition of the Russian Science Citation Index to the Web of Science will follow a similar model to other national citation indices such as the KCI Korean Journal Database and the SciELO Citation Index, both added to the platform in 2014; and the Chinese Science Citation Database, hosted within the Web of Science since 2008. The expanded global coverage enabled by these regional collections are part of Thomson Reuters ongoing efforts to further integrate high-quality, global content into the Web of Science, spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature, and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers. The Russian Science Citation Index will be available to Web of Science users in 2015.

The Scientific Electronic Library is a key Russian provider of scientific information and analytical and data services. eLIBRARY.RU is a major Russian scientific aggregator service providing universities, research organisations, and R&D companies with access to the online library of scholarly articles and books, citation indexing and discovery services.

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US Industry leaders to discuss top healthcare business issues at Elsevier Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Economics Conference 2014 - 02 Oct 2014

STM publisher Elsevier will host a gathering of some of the industry's most prominent healthcare leaders to discuss issues and trends impacting healthcare today and in the future. The Elsevier Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Economics Conference 2014 will take place in Clearwater Beach, Florida, from October 29-30, at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. The theme of the two-day conference is ‘Commercial Opportunities in the Era of Reform.’

The two-day conference will consist of multiple sessions and a panel discussion led by industry leaders and Elsevier experts.

The Elsevier Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Economics Conference welcomes a wide range of healthcare professionals representing organisations including retail pharmacy chains, health insurance plans and managed care organisations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers and government agencies to attend the 2014 conference.

Registration fee is $395, including all meals and conference materials. Interested parties may visit https://secure.goldstandard.com/egsdits for more information on attending this event as well as registration.

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German Springer collaborates with German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine to launch new OA journal - Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics - 02 Oct 2014

STM publisher Springer is collaborating with the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ) to publish a new open access journal Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics. The first articles have already been published and are freely available on the journal’s website at www.molcellped.com.

The new international and interdisciplinary journal covers the results of innovative research in current molecular and cellular concepts in pediatrics. Topics include rare and genetic diseases, oncology, immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gene therapy, neurology, nephrology, pneumology, infectiology, metabolism, gastroenterology, neonatology and translational medicine. The journal consists of frontline reviews and original research on the latest developments, and also features a discussion forum.

Editor-in-Chief Klaus-Michael Debatin is supported by Managing Editor Martin Wabitsch, both of the University Medical Center Ulm, Germany, and an international editorial board of experts in pediatrics.

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US Saint Peter’s University selects integrated suite of ProQuest discovery services to meet research needs of its library users - 02 Oct 2014

ProQuest has announced that Saint Peter’s University will meet the research needs and expectations of its library users with an integrated suite of ProQuest discovery services – the Summon® discovery service, the 360 Link link resolver and Syndetic Solutions™. The addition of these services at Saint Peter’s library will ensure that its users can search across their collection to reliably access content, offering their researchers the most compelling discovery experience.

One primary motivation for selecting these services was the intuitive and modern search experience it provided. With a simple starting point for users to search the whole library collection at once – print, electronic and all formats in between - the Summon service is easy to use and enables libraries to increase usage of library content. Integrated with the Summon service, 360 Link provides superior access to content through the most complete, accurate, and up-to-date knowledgebase available to ensure the university’s library users are connected to its valuable resources. Further enhancing the discovery experience at Saint Peter’s University, Syndetic Solutions delivers the highest quality professional enrichments to content, improving a title’s relevancy for readers and researchers and brings the library to life.

Equally important to the librarians at Saint Peter’s University is the ability for their students to have the opportunity to discover all the university’s rich content, including their institutional repositories. By indexing the library’s content alongside publisher content, the Summon service provides seamless integration of content and discovery across the library’s collections without bias to content type, vendor or platform – exposing the vast array of library resources through its search results.

Further building confidence that the library is their partner in research, both novice and experienced users will have streamlined access to information allowing them to perform meaningful research. With the addition of these discovery services working in concert with each other, Saint Peter’s University is strengthening the library’s pivotal role in the research process.

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US OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery API beta, offers libraries access to WorldCat and a central index representing aggregated e-resource collections - 02 Oct 2014

OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has announced the beta availability of the new WorldCat Discovery API, which provides access for libraries to search and find resources in both WorldCat and a central index of article and e-book metadata that represent the wide range of resources libraries provide to their users.

The WorldCat Discovery API exposes library collection data for items in WorldCat, including materials held by individual member libraries, consortia and libraries worldwide. Benefits include access to an ever growing collection of central index metadata for which OCLC has been granted rights; linked Data response formats, so that library collections can speak the language preferred by the Web; facet functionality, so that libraries can deliver a modern search experience with the ability to quickly drill down into search results; and access to the latest data models, including entities.

The WorldCat Discovery API gives libraries the flexibility to use an OCLC-developed interface, create their own application or use the two in combination.

The WorldCat Discovery API lets libraries rely on OCLC to manage the repetitive and resource-intensive tasks involved in keeping a local discovery index up to date. Library systems and development staff are then free to invest their time in other discovery projects, such as the creation of mobile apps, widgets and enhancement of current user experiences to suit their unique needs.

Libraries can use the WorldCat Discovery API to extend an alternative discovery service such as VUFind or Blacklight to include WorldCat results, and as a building block alongside other APIs to create a total user discovery experience.

The WorldCat Discovery API is now available as a beta to a select number of libraries that subscribe to FirstSearch, WorldCat Local or WorldCat Discovery Services. Full availability to all eligible libraries and partners is expected in early 2015. Developers will find documentation and sample code libraries on the OCLC Developer Network site, as well as instructions for how to request access to the API.

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US Registrations now open for ARL seminar for new assessment professionals - 02 Oct 2014

Registration is now open for ‘Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals,’ to be held in Washington, DC, May 14–15, 2015. This two-day in-person event is designed for librarians and coordinators who are new to the roles and responsibilities of assessment. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts (dates to be determined) and independent learning activities, plus connection with a network of experienced colleagues who will provide ongoing support.

This multimodal workshop experience will introduce participants to the practice-based framework of organisational performance assessment in research libraries. As an orientation to the roles and responsibilities of assessment librarians/coordinators, coverage will include the context and rationale for library assessment and an overview of methodologies, tools, and techniques for library-wide assessment approaches. The seminar will concentrate on making library assessment strategic, diverse, and effective in demonstrating library impact and value, and on the importance of aligning with the university mission and initiatives.

A number of leading research library assessment professionals will help prepare seminar participants to take strategic approaches to specific assessment assignments in their libraries. Martha Kyrillidou of ARL and Steve Hiller of the University of Washington Libraries will serve as the seminar’s core faculty.

The intended learning outcomes include: Understanding the scope of library assessment in academic and research libraries; becoming familiar with the rationale for library assessment activities; increasing knowledge of a variety of library assessment methodologies, tools, and techniques; considering effective uses of metrics and data for planning, decision making, and policy setting; being prepared to think through approaches to institution-specific library assessment; and developing and acting on a personal plan for defining your individual role and responsibilities and maximising your effectiveness and value to the organisation.

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US Vital Source and Metrodigi collaborate to enable production of interactive content - 02 Oct 2014

Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, and Metrodigi®, a cloud-based content creation software company, have announced a collaboration at the EDUCAUSE 2014. This collaboration provides educational publishers with a powerful end-to-end solution for the production and distribution of customisable, interactive digital products. As a result, publishers will be able to develop robust interactive content more efficiently and affordably, and students will be able to access highly interactive and visual course materials across a wide range of devices through the VitalSource Bookshelf® eReader and distribution platform.

Metrodigi’s cloud-based content creation platform, Chaucer®, empowers publishers to efficiently create, manage, and publish highly interactive digital content. Traditionally, the high cost of development has deterred many publishers from producing interactive learning materials. However, with intuitive prototyping tools, interactive widget wizards, and smart book structuring algorithms as well as support for a wide variety of e-book formats, including the industry standard EPUB 3.0, Chaucer dramatically reduces the time, cost and complexity of creating enhanced educational content.

The work between Vital Source and Metrodigi will enable immediate, simple EPUB 3.0 production through integration with specific VitalSource Bookshelf features inside Metrodigi’s Chaucer, including ‘Publish to Bookshelf’ and ‘Bookshelf MetaData.’ As such, publishers will easily produce interactive elements using standard templates or fully customised and branded widgets through Chaucer and an integration of Vital Source FLOE® with Chaucer.

This interactive content will add to VitalSource’s growing catalogue of eTextbooks and digital course materials, which currently includes more than 500,000 titles from 750 educational publishers, in use at more than 6,000 campuses worldwide.

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German De Gruyter offers access to all of its scholarly content to top Wikipedia editors - 02 Oct 2014

Academic publisher De Gruyter will give access to all of its scholarly content to 1.000 highly active Wikipedia editors and will allow them to use it for their encyclopedia research. The editors are offered the opportunity to read ebooks, journals and database entries on De Gruyter Online, when they write articles for Wikipedia.

De Gruyter is looking at ways to further enhance the use of scholarly content. It is expected that external links from Wikipedia into De Gruyter content as well as usage will increase from this cooperation.

The Wikipedia Library and De Gruyter have agreed on measures to secure not only its copyright, but also on clear rules of who will get access to De Gruyter’s scholarly content.

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