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US Oman's Ministry of Health selects Elsevier's ClinicalKey - 23 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that ClinicalKey, an electronic medical reference, will be utilised in 47 secondary and tertiary hospitals, 22 extended healthcare centers, and 170 primary healthcare centers in Oman. More than 10,000 health professionals in Oman will have access to ClinicalKey.

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that gives healthcare providers access to a comprehensive collection of medical, surgical and nursing content. It is built on a search technology that uses the most advanced techniques to deliver the fastest, most clinically relevant answers.

ClinicalKey draws from the single largest body of clinical content available, including Medline, more than 500 journals, over 100 books, drug information, guidelines, and patient education. With its responsive web design, the content is available on a laptop, tablet or phone, remotely or in the hospital.

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US Jisc selects ProQuest to provide ebooks to UK Further Education colleges - 23 Mar 2015

ProQuest has been chosen by Jisc to continue to provide key ebooks to Further Education (FE) Institutions across the UK. Following its 2014 tender announcement for provision of ebooks for the UK Further Education community, Jisc elected to renew its existing contract with ProQuest, which has been in place for over five years. The new agreement runs through 2016 and enables more than 400 colleges across the UK to access more than 400 key ebooks at no cost via ProQuest's ebrary platform.

The collection has now increased by 160 titles, topping 408 ebooks across a variety of subjects including fashion, design, childcare, health & social care, automotive engineering and hospitality; all of which make up various parts of the curriculum for Further Education studies. Now, libraries will have far more flexibility in acquisition and delivery to their users of these highly sought works.

The books are accessible through ProQuest's ebrary platform, which provides full integration of search results with many third party federated search products.

With more than 14 years of input from librarians, publishers and end-users, the ebrary platform enables researchers to easily find answers, 24/7, from all devices including the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and all Androids.

Currently integrating with EBL - Ebook Library®, fellow ebook pioneer and ProQuest business, the two companies will offer an unparalleled ebook experience in the new ProQuest Ebook Central service. Debuting in 2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will offer an exceptionally wide content offering, innovative and flexible acquisition models, and complete end-to-end workflow solutions. Customers are benefiting from the ongoing enhancements to both the ebrary and EBL platforms, including the new LibCentral administrative and acquisition module and the new ebrary Reader.

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US Penn State librarians approve OA policy for scholarly work - 23 Mar 2015

Penn State University Libraries faculty recently voted to embrace open access principles when publishing their scholarly articles. The Open Access Policy, passed into legislation at the February 11, 2015, Library Faculty Organization meeting, preserves the right of library faculty to publish where they wish, but encourages authors to take advantage of open access opportunities whenever feasible.

An underlying principle of open access is to make scholarly output available at no cost to readers. In addition to the proliferation of reputable and high quality open access journals, many traditional publishers are amenable to authors making a version of their articles accessible online, either at the time of formal publication, or following an embargo period.

ScholarSphere, Penn State's repository for scholarly work launched in 2012, will be the institutional location for deposit and sharing of faculty research. ScholarSphere records are harvested regularly by search engines such as Google, increasing the likelihood of ready discovery over the Internet. Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications Barbara I. Dewey lauded the new policy.

Penn State Libraries faculty join their colleagues at other institutions including Columbia, Arizona State, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and the University of Northern Colorado, who have all voted to support the principles of open access for their scholarly work.

The first vote in favour of open access within a university faculty in the United States took place in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 12, 2008. Other faculty organisations, both nationally and internationally, have followed suit, endorsing institution-wide as well as department or college-wide initiatives. Institutions where the entire faculty body has voted in support of open access include the University of California, Cornell, Princeton, Duke and the University of Kansas.

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US Blackboard completes acquisition of Schoolwires - 23 Mar 2015

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. With the close of this acquisition, Blackboard continues to demonstrate its commitment to be the leading K-12 provider of school websites and parent notification solutions.

This marks the conclusion of Blackboard's initial agreement to acquire the Pennsylvania-based company with nearly 200 employees. The addition of Schoolwires' industry leading solutions and services represents a major component of Blackboard's renewed K-12 strategy by enhancing its parent and community engagement solutions and expanding its partner ecosystem.

Schoolwires provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a social learning and networking system, a family of mobile applications and an enterprise technology platform.

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US United for Libraries now accepting applications for Baker & Taylor Awards - 23 Mar 2015

United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2015.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognised more than 40 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

The awards will be given based on a specific project led by a friends of the library group or library foundation that took place or culminated during the 2014 calendar year. Applications are judged on planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement.

Applicants must have a United for Libraries friends or foundation group membership valid through June 2015. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2015.

Interested parties may contact United for Libraries to verify eligibility prior to preparing an entry. The application form is available at www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/bakertaylor. Summaries of past award-winning projects can also be found on the website.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 23 Mar 2015

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Dr Tara Spires-Jones (When Scientific Fraud Isn't Fraud: How Both Researchers and Publishers Can Help Prevent Retractions); Joseph Esposito (More Consolidation in the Publishing Business); Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella (Beyond Beall’s List: We need a better understanding of predatory publishing without overstating its size and danger); Phill Jones (Are We at a Tipping Point for Open Data?); and Erin L. Cox (Why publishers should pay attention to Millennials). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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