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US University of Michigan and Google Inc. sign new digitisation deal - 21 May 2009

The University of Michigan has signed an agreement with internet search services provider Google Inc., US, to create digital copies of millions of University of Michigan library books and journals. The amended agreement, which strengthens library preservation efforts and increases the public's access to books, is possible because of Google's pending settlement with a broad class of authors and publishers.

The agreement opens up the University of Michigan library's extensive collections of 8 million works to readers and students throughout the US with free previews, the ability to buy access to the university's collections online and through subscriptions at other institutions. Through provisions in Google's pending settlement with authors and publishers and the amended University of Michigan agreement, Google will provide a free public access terminal, allowing every public and collegiate library in the US equal access to the University of Michigan materials.

The new deal, which Google hopes other libraries will support, allows the University of Michigan to review, and through arbitration challenge, the pricing for institutional subscriptions to ensure Google fulfills its commitment to enable widespread adoption of these services. The agreement also calls for Google to contribute millions of dollars to establish up to two new research centers where scholars will be able to conduct research that would not be possible without the large number of digitized works.

The amended agreement also provides for expanded opportunities for University of Michigan and Google to provide users with print disabilities immediate access to millions of books; the creation of new opportunities for large-scale analysis of the written record; and the expansion of the collaborative effort among libraries to build a shared storehouse of digital library content called the HathiTrust through support from Google.

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German Springer archive moves to Central and Regional Library Berlin - 21 May 2009

The historical archive of scientific publishing house Springer will be kept by Berlin's Central and Regional Library (ZLB) in future. The move is the result of a donation agreement between Springer Science+Business Media and ZLB.

The whole collection includes the correspondence archive and more than 15,000 books published by Springer up to 1945. The historical collection also includes some 1,250 licensed editions and journals, reviews, translation files and accounting records. The move from Springer's Heidelberg offices to Berlin is currently taking place in various stages.

The first delivery includes the oldest author correspondence from when the publishing house was founded in 1842 up to 1936. The historical documents are initially being taken to Leipzig, where the material, some of which is 170 years old, will undergo restoration work. This first batch contains a large number of letters from Springer authors, including many famous figures from the 1920s - Einstein, Born, Sauerbruch, Courant, Hilbert, Ehrlich, Meitner, Hahn and Prinzhorn to name just a few. Other valuable documents from the early years, when Springer published works of fiction before acquiring its clearly defined profile as a scientific publishing house, include handwritten letters from Theodor Fontane and Jeremias Gotthelf.

The remaining documents will be moved to Berlin during a second stage scheduled for the summer of 2009.

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US US book publishing industry sees rise in on-demand sales, says Bowker report - 21 May 2009

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, has released statistics on the US book publishing industry for 2008, compiled from its Books In Print database. Based on preliminary figures from domestic publishers, Bowker is projecting that US title output in 2008 decreased by 3.2 percent, with 275,232 new titles and editions, down from the 284,370 that were published in 2007.

Despite this decline in traditional book publishing, 2008 was another year of substantial growth in the reported number of 'on-demand' and short-run books produced during the year. Bowker projects that 285,394 on-demand books were produced last year, a 132 percent increase over the previous year's final total of 123,276 titles. This is the second consecutive year of triple-digit growth in that segment, which in 2008 was 462 percent above levels seen as recently as 2006.

Among the major publishing categories, the big winners last year were education and business, two categories that might suggest publishers were seeking to give consumers more resources for success amidst a very tough job environment. There were 9,510 new education titles introduced in the nation in 2008, up 33 percent from the prior year, and 8,838 new business titles, an increase of 14 percent over 2007 levels.

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US Serials Solutions announces new XML federated search connection to Infobase eBooks - 21 May 2009

E-resource access and management services provider Serials Solutions, US, has announced that it is building a new XML federated search connection to Infobase eBooks, which span a wide range of core, curriculum-oriented subject areas from history, science and literature to geography, social issues, the arts, biographies, and beyond.

With the new connection, subscribers to the Serials Solutions 360 Search federated search service will soon be able to provide access to more than 2,000 current and backlist Infobase titles from Facts On File, Ferguson Publishing, Chelsea House, Bloom's Literary Criticism, and other sources. The new Infobase connection will be available free to 360 Search subscribers.

Built with an XML framework, the Infobase eBooks connection will allow users fast and stable access to content using latest technology. Infobase was recently certified through the Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks Certified program for content providers, but has partnered with Serials Solutions since long before the programme's inception.

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German Thieme Publishing launches Pharmaceutical Substances Version 3.2 - 21 May 2009

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group, Germany, has announced the launch of Pharmaceutical Substances Version 3.2. Available via Thieme-connect, Pharmaceutical Substances is projected as a comprehensive reference guide to every significant pharmaceutical compound and includes all FDA approved active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Fifteen drugs have been added to the latest version of the information resource, bringing the total of APIs to 2,475. Recent additions include Novartis' new anti Malaria drug Riamet; the Japan-only available anti-psychotic drug, Lonasen from Sumitomo Pharma; and Evoltra, Bioenvision's new Leukemia treatment. The monograph for Dexrazoxane has also been updated with new synthetic routes.

Compiled by leaders in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, in association with InfoChem and FIZ Chemie, the online version of the information resource is an easy-to-navigate, web-based portal that utilises standard browser technology. The interface enables users to rapidly locate data and graphically search structures.

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US Thomson Reuters, University of Queensland host bibliometrics meet - 21 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters and the University of Queensland (UQ) recently hosted an international bibliometrics conference in Brisbane. According to views shared by the delegates, metrics-based research evaluation offers a pragmatic approach to ensuring transparency, consistency and objectivity. It was also observed that the challenges in building robust research evaluation and management systems in institutions can be best overcome by the research management and librarian community working together.

Held at the UQ Queensland Brain Institute Auditorium, the conference highlighted national and institutional perspectives on metrics-based research evaluation and research excellence, and attracted more than 140 delegates. The conference garnered positive feedback from delegates and speakers alike, most of whom agreed that it was important for institutions to have synergy between their libraries and research offices.

The panel of international and Australian speakers in the field of research evaluation comprised renowned bibliometricians, research managers, policy makers and librarians. They included Prof. Liu Niancai, Director of the Center for World-Class Universities and the Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Prof. Charles Oppenheim, Loughborough University, and Advisor to the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the Research Excellence Framework implementation in the UK; Associate Professor Robert Tijssen, CWTS, Leiden University; and Warren Smart, Senior Research Analyst, Ministry of Education, New Zealand.

Additional discussions addressed the role of university libraries in supporting research evaluation and the practical aspects of integrating publication management systems. Associate Professor Robert Tijssen led a bibliometrics master class on measuring research excellence which the participants found practical.

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UK Oxford University Press launches Oxford Medical Handbooks online service - 21 May 2009

Academic and reference books publisher Oxford University Press (OUP), UK, has announced that an online service comprising 13 Oxford Medical Handbooks will be available to librarians from May 2009 onwards.

Aimed primarily at medical students and trainee doctors, the Oxford Medical Handbooks series is popular for its ease of use and practicality, with each book delivering reliable, up-to-date clinical information. The online service contains the central title in the series, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine as well as 12 other key subject areas.

Oxford Medical Handbooks Online will be hosted alongside Oxford Journals on the HighWire platform. Users will be able to quickly and easily cross-search all the titles in the service, and link through to relevant content in the Journals collection or elsewhere on the HighWire platform. The text is fully searchable, with graphics and tables to enhance users' understanding. Images can also be downloaded to PowerPoint for use in presentations.

The Press will launch three further medical online services later this year. These are: The AMA Manual of Style Online; The ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine second edition; and The Oxford Textbook of Medicine fifth edition.

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Netherland Swets appoints new Chief Executive Officer - 21 May 2009

Subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the appointment of Eduard Cohen as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2009.

Prior to his appointment to Swets, Eduard has held several board level marketing and sales positions in the publishing and pharmaceutical industry most notably at Elsevier where he was the MD of the Science and Technology Division. Simultaneously with his appointment as CEO Eduard Cohen will, on an interim basis, fulfill the role of CFO of Swets, succeeding Siebe van Elsloo.

With clients in over 160 countries and more than twenty offices worldwide, Swets claims to provide the most comprehensive and sophisticated e-commerce platform currently available in its field. The company has been included in E-Content Magazine's '100 companies that matter most in the Digital Content Industry' for the past five years.

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India Dear Subscribers - 21 May 2009

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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