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US OCLC Members Council meet to discuss similarities and differences in libraries worldwide - 14 Nov 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that the OCLC Members Council recently met in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss similarities and differences in libraries around the world, continue planning a transition to a Global Council and Regional Councils to extend OCLC participation, and elect a council delegate to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Under the direction of Members Council President Loretta Parham, Library Director and CEO, The Atlanta University Center, delegates also heard reports from OCLC senior management and staff, and discussed the worldwide library cooperative's plans and activities.

Kathleen Imhoff, Executive Director and CEO, Lexington (Kentucky) Public Library, was elected by Members Council to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees. Imhoff, a public librarian, will serve a term of five years. She has advocated for the formation of global library networks, and has considerable budgeting, contracting, project management, collaboration and strategic planning experience.

In the opening council session, three speakers discussed similarities and differences in libraries around the world. Graham Jefcoate, Director Universiteitsbiblioteek, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, focused on the culture of the new global OCLC cooperative. He noted that differences in location and language influence communication and participation within OCLC. While Chew Leng Beh, Senior Director, Library and Professional Services and Director of SILAS, National Library Board (NLB), explained how libraries work in Singapore, Gwenda Thomas, Library Director, Rhoades University, in Grahamstown, South Africa, spoke about "South Africa and the Second Decade of Democracy: What Makes Our Libraries Special." She set the context for changes in South Africa and how libraries operate in the country. OCLC President and CEO, Jay Jordan, brought delegates up to date on OCLC's plans and activities.

Delegates also discussed the Members Council transition to a Global Council and Regional Councils. In May 2008, the OCLC Members Council approved changes to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations that had been recommended by the Board of Trustees. The changes will transform the current Members Council into a Global Council that connects with Regional Councils around the world. The new Global Council will replace the Members Council in a transition that is expected to take at least one year and will be coordinated between representatives of the 2008-2009 Members Council and the Board of Trustees.

In addition, the Council discussed and passed two resolutions proposed by the Members Council Executive Committee. The first provided for the establishment of implementation committees that will organise three Regional Councils. These regional committees are chaired respectively by Chew Leng Beh, from the Asia Pacific region; Berndt Dugall, Direktor and Librarian, Universitat Frankfurt, from the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region; and Patrick Wilkinson, Director, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, from The Americas region. Members Council unanimously passed the second resolution that defined the process for transitioning to a Global Council Executive Committee including the three chairs who also will serve as members of the group. Jan Ison, Executive director, Lincoln Trail Libraries system (ILLINET), current Members Council vice president/president-elect, will serve as the first president of the new OCLC Global Council in 2009-2010.

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Netherland Elsevier announces publishing partnership with the Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences - 14 Nov 2008

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will publish NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences on behalf of Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences (KLV), starting in 2009 with Volume 57, issue 1.

Published since 1952, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences is the quarterly journal of the Royal Netherlands Society of Agricultural Sciences. It offers new research results of disciplinary as well as transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on interaction between natural and social sciences and system approaches in Plant Science, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology; Animal Science; Environmental Science; Social Science; and Food Science, Nutrition and Technology.

Elsevier will distribute the NJAS globally via its electronic platform, ScienceDirect. ScienceDirect is currently accessed by over 11 million users worldwide who are able to easily further their research through linked references and many other helpful features.

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German Springer signs co-publishing deal with Metrology Society of India - 14 Nov 2008

STM publisher Springer, Germany, has signed a co-publishing agreement with the Metrology Society of India (MSI) for one of the latter's prestigious publication MAPAN - Journal Metrology Society of India. The society plays a vital role in the technological, industrial and economic development of the country.

A quarterly publication, MAPAN - Journal Metrology Society of India is exclusively devoted to Metrology (scientific, industrial or legal). MSI invites the submission of research communications or technical articles on topics of current interest. Original work, tutorials and survey papers, which contribute to new knowledge or understanding of any metrology principle, method or technique, are also welcome.

Springer will ensure the speedy publication of important articles in the field by using a manuscript tracking system in the journal editorial office. Articles will be published in Online First, in full text via Springer's electronic platform, SpringerLink. The journal will include Cross Reference Linking, alert services, and Online First, a feature by which articles are published online before they appear in print. Springer will also implement the online author submission system, Editorial Manager. This system allows the peer-review process to be handled faster, resulting in the speedy publication of the articles.

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US BioMed Central launches online open access journal, Genome Medicine - 14 Nov 2008

Open access publisher BioMed Central, US, has announced the launch of a new journal titled Genome Medicine. The publication seeks to provide the latest information and findings that have an impact on the understanding and management of human health and disease to physicians around the globe. The online, peer-reviewed open access research journal was launched at a special event at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Philadelphia.

The recent surge of DNA sequence information resulting from deciphering the human genetic code has acted as a catalyst for innovative technological developments that have been vital in the identification of genes associated with disease pathologies. This has allowed for the development of novel genetic therapies to treat a wide range of inherited disorders. The new genomic era heralds earlier diagnoses, greatly improved prevention and treatment of diseases and enhanced avoidance of side effects from drugs.

The launch issue is sponsored by Agilent Technologies, a provider of microarrays, scanners, reagents and other life science tools. In addition to publishing high-quality research, Genome Medicine seeks to serve the international research community as a forum for the discussion and critical review of information about all areas of medicine informed by genomic research.

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Canada NewspaperDirect unveils online news portal PressDisplay on iRex digital reader - 14 Nov 2008

Digital newspaper distributor NewspaperDirect, Canada, previewed its PressDisplay.com online news portal on the iRex digital reader at the recently held Monaco Media Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The PressReader software will run on the iRex Digital Reader 1000 series, allowing readers to download their favourite daily newspapers in a matter of seconds and read them at their leisure.

With newspaper publishers facing mounting pressure to cut costs while maintaining their circulation, PressDisplay.com and the other distribution channels offered by NewspaperDirect are providing them with more ways to reach their readers. The iRex DR1000 is projected as a sleek and lightweight portable digital reader featuring the world's largest electronic paper display.

With official release slated for next month, the iRex DR1000 will join a growing list of handheld devices on which PressDisplay.com is available, offering more than 800 newspapers and magazines from over 80 countries. These include Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch, BlackBerry and numerous smartphones.

As with all its content distribution solutions, PressDisplay.com for iRex is available at no additional cost to publishers. NewspaperDirect's technology taps into the pre-press workflow of any publishing system, making it possible for it to extract rich digital content that can be repurposed for use in a variety of distribution channels. The company provides full hosting, payment acceptance, customer service management and technical support.

iRex Technologies, which was spun off from Royal Philips Electronics in 2005, is a Netherlands-based provider of products to read written digital content.

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UK Emerald and CAPES announce two research grant awards - 14 Nov 2008

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK, and CAPES library consortia (A Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superioris) have announced that they are offering two research grant awards. While one will contribute to the development of management in Brazil, the other is specifically for the development of library information sciences.

The funding grants of up to $4,000 in each category is expected to address the dissemination of knowledge for social good with a specific focus towards the benefit of Brazil. The winners of the research fund awards will be announced in July 2009 at the CAPES anniversary event.

CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to post-graduate study. Through CAPES, which was founded in 1951, the Brazilian government provides access to quality information for professionals, professors and students at member universities and research institutes.

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UK Oxford Journals passes annual COUNTER audit - 14 Nov 2008

Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that their usage statistics have passed their annual COUNTER audit for 2008. This audit was carried out on behalf of COUNTER by ABCe, an independent third-party auditor, who analysed data from June 2008.

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) was set up in 2002 to improve the reliability of online usage statistics, and is supported by the vendor, intermediary, and librarian communities. The COUNTER Codes of Practice specify the content, format, delivery mechanisms, and data processing rules for a set of core usage reports that are easily implemented by vendors and easily understood by librarians.

Oxford Journals publishes over 210 journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organisations. The collection contains some of the world's most prestigious titles, including Nucleic Acids Research, JNCI (Journal of the National Cancer Institute), Brain, Human Reproduction, English Historical Review, and the Review of Financial Studies. Read more about Oxford Journals.

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India Dear Subscribers - 14 Nov 2008

STM Publishers can now add their Company to the Knowledgespeak Directory list. You can also update our events calendar, if you are organising an event which may be of interest to the STM publishing community. Also, you can send your company press releases to be included in our news section.

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