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Research Collections and Preservation Consortium expands its scope and membership
- 28 Jan 2019

The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), founded by Columbia University, The New York Public Library, and Princeton University in 2000 to preserve and make accessible the collections of its members, has expanded its scope and membership, transforming its original mission from serving as a shared physical repository to becoming a model for shared collection building and management.

Harvard University recently joined the consortium to implement strategies for collaboration in building, sharing, and preserving physical and digital collections in the coming years. An associate member since 2016, Harvard has relocated over 1 million books to the Princeton facility, which is growing at the rate of 1 million volumes annually. In the two decades ReCAP has existed, its shared repository on Princeton's Forrestal Campus has grown to hold 16 million items. The consortium members annually fulfil approximately 250,000 requests from researchers and libraries around the world.

In 2017, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the consortium launched its Shared Collection Service, which currently enables users at Columbia, NYPL, and Princeton to experience increasingly seamless access to the extraordinary holdings accessioned over centuries. The project goals were twofold: to better manage and preserve the shared collection, and to create the technical infrastructure necessary to allow cross-partner borrowing between institutions. Upon its completion, the project enabled each organisation to provide its patrons with seamless discovery and direct request of the ReCAP materials of all partners, thus empowering its users with a more diverse selection of resources than ever before. Harvard's eventual integration into this service will enable users at Columbia, Princeton, and NYPL to access millions more volumes currently held in the Harvard Depository in Southboro, MA.

The Shared Collection Service allows users to request items directly from local catalogues of each consortium member for 24-hour delivery. Initial implementation of the service resulted in access to more than 5 million items added to the Princeton online catalogue, more than 7 million items to the Columbia online catalogue, and more than 7 million items to The New York Public Library online shared collection catalogue. Since its launch, patrons' use of the shared holdings across each partner institution has risen between 30 and 70 percent over the previous year, demonstrating the value of seamless access to distributed collections.

In addition to improved access and increased efficiency already achieved through the Shared Collection Service, the ReCAP consortium is exploring collaborative collection building and joint digital initiatives to improve the user experience. Librarians at Columbia, Harvard, NYPL, and Princeton are developing shared preservation approaches and plans for enhanced electronic document delivery. In addition, the ReCAP consortium will be able to speak with one voice in national level endeavours to coordinate print repositories.

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Clarivate Analytics and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank partner to launch Converis
- 28 Jan 2019

Clarivate Analytics, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, has announced a partnership with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB), the government's digital library and online knowledge hub, to launch Converis and implement a national research management system.

Converis will be hosted by the Egyptian National Science and Technology Network (ENSTINET) and it will allow Egypt to manage research funding and curate researcher profiles across research organisations in the country.

EKB was seeking an integrated solution for better management of research data. Information such as researcher profiles, proposal evaluations, project data, and publication records were not easily accessible. Hence, EKB was looking for a more efficient and streamlined administrative process to manage research information for researchers and administrators. Converis, Clarivate Analytics' flagship research information system, which supports universities, research centers, other research institutions, and funding agencies comprehensively in collecting and managing data, aims to fulfill EKB's needs, offering a holistic approach to managing the complete research lifecycle.

The partnership with EKB to launch Converis will support Egypt's Vision for 2030 to become an innovative, knowledge-based economy, facilitating scientific research excellence and bridging the old with the new.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to create online hosting platform with Sheridan PubFactory
- 25 Jan 2019

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has partnered with Sheridan PubFactory, a CJK Group company, to create an online hosting platform that integrates all of NCTM's books and journals.

NCTM is a mathematics education organisation, with more than 60,000 members and more than 230 affiliates throughout the US and Canada. NCTM advocates for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning for students.

Sheridan PubFactory claims to be the only industry service provider that can guide and support publishers at any point during the content development and publication process. The PubFactory platform and publishing services have been adopted by publishers like OUP, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, American Society for Horticultural Science, and the Society for Endocrinology's Bioscientifica Ltd. At present, the PubFactory platform is host to more than 1,400 journals and 400,000 books, numerous databases, and reference works along with other content types.

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EBSCO Health acquires HealthDecision
- 25 Jan 2019

EBSCO Health, a provider of evidence-based clinical information tools including DynaMed Plus®, Dynamic Health and Option Grid, has expanded with the acquisition of HealthDecision®.

HealthDecision is a clinical decision support and shared decision making tool for clinicians and patients at the point of care. The software platform provides decision support tools enabling clinicians and patients to explore their medical options. The resource combines the patient's healthcare preferences with the clinician's expertise and syndicates patient-specific medical data with the latest medical guidelines to personalise a patient's risk analyses.

HealthDecision's visual representation of medical outcomes is educational, easy-to-use and facilitates discussion between the clinician and patient to mutually agree on a personalised treatment plan. HealthDecision tools are developed by clinicians with subject matter expertise, and the medical literature integration incorporates the latest guidelines, risk scores and analyses. These tools have been integrated into the clinician workflow in a variety of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and have been in use for nine years, reaching more than 26,000 patients a year.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Wiley partnership to expand access to Advanced Placement materials
- 25 Jan 2019

Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has entered into a partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., a global leader in research and education, to become the exclusive distributor of its Advanced Placement® (AP®), honours and electives catalogue in the K-12 market. The addition of Wiley's AP and electives portfolio further enhances and extends HMH's core programs and services, providing customers with an integrated set of offerings that supports college readiness.

Access to and enrollment in AP coursework has grown rapidly over the last decade-nearly 20 percent of high school students are enrolled in at least one course. Increasingly, schools are working to build holistic AP programs that encourage all students, not only traditionally high performers, to reach up and into the AP space, setting learners of all backgrounds up for success. As Wiley's exclusive distributor, HMH will support this growth by broadening access to rigorous elective coursework, including providing high schools that previously lacked established AP programs with increased access to high-quality resources, integration support and training, and data and analytics to measure impact.

Wiley publishes market-leading AP, honours and elective materials for a variety of courses, including, Human Geography, Computer Science, Calculus, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Statistics, and more.

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