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US Over 100,000 ebrary e-books now available through Ambassador - 23 Apr 2009

e-content services and technology provider ebrary, US, and Ambassador Books and Media, a premier provider of print and non-print materials to libraries of all types, has announced that more than 100,000 multi-disciplinary e-books and other titles from ebrary can now be purchased through OneSource, Ambassador's proprietary online ordering system.

The selection continues to grow, with more than 4,200 added in the past month alone. An overview of the new selection is provided at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/acquirePurchaseNew.jsp.

Ambassador Books and Media is now celebrating its 36th anniversary as a premier provider of print and non-print materials to college, university, school, corporate, public, government and medical libraries throughout the world. Ambassador supplies the complete book and publication requirements of schools, libraries and other educational institutions in over thirty countries.

Through continuous and significant investment in personnel and technology, Ambassador is able to offer a comprehensive range of book and media services to libraries, with a recognised reputation for high order fulfillment, accuracy, reliability, experienced and professional customer service support, and state of the art automation capabilities and interfaces.

OneSource is Ambassador's proprietary, password protected software that offers clients access to a database of over 4 million book titles and over 1.5 million media titles; the capability to order, claim, cancel and verify shipping status online; receive MARC formatted order confirmations, generate order reports sorted by PO, Title, Author or ISBN; and view invoices and statements online to confirm account balances.

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US Healthline Networks launches two online healthcare tools - 23 Apr 2009

Health information services provider Healthline Networks, US, has announced two new decision-support platforms for online healthcare. These are Healthline TreatmentSearch, a treatment search application for the web; and Healthline DocSearch, a searchable doctor database featuring semantically-suggested specialists based on the consumer's health condition or symptoms.

These join Healthline SymptomSearch, Healthline DrugSearch and Healthline Learning Centers to inform patients and caregivers at every stage of the health condition: from symptoms and diagnoses, to doctors, treatments, drugs and costs. The integrated suite of Healthline Clinical Applications is now available on Healthline.com and will be licensed to select partners within Healthline Networks.

With most treatment information online embedded deep within articles on health websites, Healthline TreatmentSearch is claimed to be the first online application to surface a semantically-generated list of possible treatment options for a disease or condition. The application covers 4,500 treatments, including 1,200 medications and 3,300 medical, surgical and alternative therapies. Healthline Treatment Search results are ranked algorithmically, and sub-categorised into Diagnostic Tests; Medical Procedures; Surgical Procedures; Self Care; Alternative Procedures; Prescribed & Over-the-Counter; Medications; and Nutritional Supplements.

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US EBSCO unveils centralised pre-indexed service for metadata search - 23 Apr 2009

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, has announced the creation of a new research tool that will harvest metadata from internal and external sources, creating a centralised pre-indexed service of significant size and speed. The tool, EBSCO Discovery Service, will provide libraries with a single entry point for research and launch users into the entire array of a library's collection. The launch is expected by the end of the calendar year.

Powered by EBSCOhost technology, the new discovery service will enable users to search a wide-ranging collection of metadata and link quickly to the content to which they have rights. EBSCO Discovery Service will allow for 'local' access to the metadata associated with EBSCO Publishing's leading databases, e-journals from more than 400 publishers, and additional resources from other partners, including OCLC, NewsBank, Readex and Alexander Street Press.

Due to the newly announced partnership with OCLC, local indexing of WorldCat will add rapid access to the metadata for 130 million books, videos and music CDs. Locally indexed content will also include news and information resources from NewsBank and the digital collections from its Readex division. Alexander Street Press is also participating, allowing access to its historical archive, music and video collections. New partnerships for additional locally indexed content will be announced in the near future.

In addition to the locally indexed content, libraries will have the ability to search the content of the over 300 databases on EBSCOhost, as well as databases on remote services through EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS). EHIS is a federated search service that is based on the EBSCOhost platform and expected for release in June 2009.

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UK UK research put at risk by economic challenges - 23 Apr 2009

The Research Information Network (RIN) has published a new briefing note, Scholarly books and journals at risk: responding to the challenges of a changing economy. The briefing note warns that if libraries are forced to make budget cuts on their journals and books subscriptions, then the UK's ability to support world class research and teaching could be put into jeopardy.

The recent dramatic fall in the value of sterling is projected to have seriously damaged university library purchasing budgets, putting scholarly books and journals at risk. This briefing note aims to inform and motivate universities, funding bodies, researchers, librarians and publishers, to work together to find creative, practical and sustainable solutions to this serious and unforeseen challenge to the vitality of the UK's research base.

University staff and students depend on good access to scholarly publications. A key function of libraries is to broker the acquisition of books and journals on behalf of universities, and libraries must ensure that their purchasing decisions represent the best value for their institution. The current budgetary challenges could do fundamental damage to research and scholarship, and compromise universities' capacity to pursue their core business - therefore these challenges will affect far more than just the library.

Through this briefing note, RIN calls on all the key stakeholder groups to work together to find solutions to ensure that the scholarly publications link in the chain from genius to wealth creation is not damaged beyond repair.

The briefing note is available online at www.rin.ac.uk/scholarly-journals-books-risk.

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US Mary Ann Liebert announces inaugural issue of Ecopsychology - 23 Apr 2009

Medical publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., US, has announced the launch of a new, peer-reviewed online journal, Ecopsychology. Thomas Joseph Doherty, PsyD, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, the inaugural issue of which is currently available for free online at www.liebertpub.com/eco.

Ecopsychology seeks to explore the psychology of human-nature relationships and understanding the multidimensional links between humankind and its natural environment. The journal will play an important role in the field of mental health and well being for children and adults of all ages.

Included in the inaugural issue is an interview with Robert Greenway, Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA), who discusses the development of his wilderness expedition program at the university and explores the development of an authentic language of human-nature relationships. Martin Jordan probes the link between how humans react to intimacy or early interpersonal attachments and their later relationship with nature.

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US Gale offers free resources on its Environmental Resource website - 23 Apr 2009

E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, is offering free resources on its completely updated Environmental Resource website (http://www.galeschools.com/environment/) in celebration of Earth Day. Users can browse the activities page (http://www.galeschools.com/environment/activities.htm) to learn more about endangered species, biomes, tips on 'going green,' lesson plans and more, or download a free bookmark, poster or screensaver.

Tools and resources are available at http://www.galeschools.com/environment/tools.htm and include a parent's and teacher's guide, fun scientific projects at 'Experiment Central,' and details on environmental ethics.

Also accessible from the Environmental Resource website is a preview of Gale's new online resource GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources), due to release in June; and Global Issues in Context, providing the latest information on hot topics such as climate change, nuclear and renewable energy and recycling.

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Netherland Reed Elsevier announces new chairman - 23 Apr 2009

Publisher Reed Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Anthony Habgood as chairman, effective June 1, 200. This is subject to his appointment as a member of the supervisory board of Reed Elsevier NV at an extraordinary shareholders' meeting to be held in May. He will succeed Jan Hommen.

As announced in January 2009, Hommen stepped down from Reed Elsevier at the conclusion of the Annual General Meetings on April 21 and 22. David Reid, senior independent director, will be acting chairman until Habgood takes up his position.

Habgood will resign from his positions at Bunzl plc and SVG Capital plc, of which he is chairman and a non-executive director respectively, by July 1, 2009. He will remain as chairman of Whitbread plc.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 23 Apr 2009

The Fifth edition of blogspeak is now online. Featured are Liz Wager (If comment is cheap why is peer review so expensive?); Ryan Paul (Wikipedians to vote on Creative Commons license adoption); Nicole Harris (Where is the I in Open Content?); Christian Zimmermann (Tips for authors to improve their RePEc ranking); and Nate Anderson (Journalism Online: time to start paying for online news). A service of Knowledgespeak.com, Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of blogspeak at http://www.knowledgespeak.com/
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