More News & Annnouncements

by | Jun 21, 2012 | 0 comments

More news from a Sage study on library value; the Penguin GroupSerials Solutions and  Oxford University Press

 Sage Study: Academic Libraries Have Yet To Prove Value

Library Journal reports that “a six-month research project commissioned by SAGE, titled Working Together: Evolving Value for Academic Libraries, found no systematic evidence of the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff, despite positive feedback received by librarians…

The press release can be found at Demonstrating value remains elusive goal. (Click here for the full report)


From Penguin, a Plan to Make Its E-Books Available in New York City Libraries

This article in the New York Times notes that “in the past year, Penguin Group USA has slowly pulled away from the library e-book market. Now it is tiptoeing back in.  The publisher is working with New York City libraries and 3M on a pilot program that will make Penguin e-books available in city libraries beginning in August, Penguin said on Wednesday…”

Serials Solutions Introduces New Catalog Record Display and Consortia Catalog Support

This morning Serials Solutions announces a “new catalog display functionality, as well as support for consortia catalogs in the Summon discovery service.

The new catalog detail page improves display of items from both local and consortia catalogs indexed in the Summon service. Optimized to include enrichment content from Syndetic Solutions™ such as book covers and table of contents and LibraryThing ratings and reviews, the catalog detail page was designed to entice the user to access the content. Libraries will now have the option to customize Summon records for catalog items to include additional enrichment content, custom text and intuitive linking options for placing holds, interlibrary loan requests and accessing e-books.

According to the company, “the new catalog detail page also represents the first step in providing functionality for libraries considering replacing their current OPAC with the Summon service. The open architecture of the Summon service, and the virtually unlimited customization options for the catalog detail page, create the optimal front-end discovery tool for any library services platform or web-scale management service, including Serials Solutions Intota™…

Unique to the Summon service, the new indexing capabilities for union catalogs and disparate catalogs enables researchers to easily scope searches using facets to a particular library or group of libraries pre- or post-search…

New administrative tools provide a more efficient way and new options for customizing how local catalog records are mapped to match the library’s specifications in the Summon service – and optimized for display of the record. This added functionality will also enable librarians to easily see the mapping, evaluate how it’s working and make better modification decisions…

Those interested in a learning more about these new features can check them out at the ALA annual conference here.

There will also be a presentation of “new research conducted on the use of the Summon discovery services by the University of Huddersfield and Grand Valley State University will be presented. To learn the real impact discovery is having on increasing user satisfaction and usage of library resources, register for the educational event here.”

Oxford University Press reports major deal with National Association of Social Workers

Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). OUP and NASW are working together to publish the organization’s four academic journals: Social Work, Social Work Research, Children & Schools, and Health & Social Work.

NASW Press’ journals are the leading publications in their field and are in good company with OUP’s well-established book programme, which includes The Encyclopedia of Social Work, a joint venture between NASW and OUP.  The expansion of this publishing partnership allows NASW and OUP to accomplish their shared goal of supplying high-quality publications to the largest audience possible…

All titles were previously available directly through NASW Press, and the archive for each journal is now available through OUP. For more information, the latest issues, submission guidelines, or to sign up to receive tables of contents by e-mail for any of the NASW Press titles, please visit the relevant journal web site:

Social Work:

Social Work Research:

Children and Schools:

Health and Social Work:


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