In the News: MIT to release documents on Aaron Swartz prosecution; CLOCKSS adds four new publishers; Reprints Desk has a new open access (OA) filter; SpringerPlus now indexed in Scopus and PubMed Central; HAN University (Netherlands) selects EBSCO Discovery Service; Soutron Global and EBSCO Publishing Sign Partnership Agreement; Access Innovations, Inc. teams with AIP Publishing LLC; CrossRef Board approves FundRef tracking service; and University of California Libraries redesign website.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced … that it would voluntarily release documents related to the prosecution of the open-access activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January. In a letter to the MIT community, L. Rafael Reif, the university’s president, explained that the decision was in response to a motion, filed by Mr. Swartz’s estate in federal court in Boston, that demands the release of any public information concerning the case…”
The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce the participation of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Cardiometry; Healthy Aging Research; and Stanford University Press.
“Reprints Desk, Inc. announced today the launch of a new Open Access (OA) filter for the company’s document delivery service that is used by research-driven companies and institutions to acquire single copies of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. The OA filter sends customers to the source and supplements other Reprints Desk order filtering capabilities for subscription, token, print collection, and workgroup repository content, employing a dynamic process-driven approach to identify OA content rather than a data-driven one that may have limitations in coverage and accuracy…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “STM publisher Springer, Germany, has announced that its interdisciplinary fully open access journal, SpringerPlus, is now indexed by PubMed Central and Scopus…
SpringerPlus is a peer-reviewed, open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering all areas of science, technology, engineering, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. Submissions are handled by an interdisciplinary, international board of academic editors…”
“HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands has chosen EBSCO Publishing’s EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to provide … access and … usage of the institution’s resources. HAN University strives to be one of the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and they believe implementing EDS will help with this goal…”
Library Technology Guides reports that “Soutron Global announces a technology partnership agreement that will allow Soutron Global to integrate EBSCO Discovery Services with Soutron’s Library and Knowledge Management systems to benefit clients seeking a single integrated search environment for their research and information resources…”
- Access Innovations, Inc. teams with AIP Publishing LLC to create disambiguation program for author authority file
Library Technology Guides also notes that “Access Innovations… has partnered with AIP Publishing LLC… to produce a comprehensive list of about 980,000 discrete academic authors and 33,000 institutions involved in publishing physics papers worldwide. Dating back to the early 20th century, the complete dataset contains more than 800,000 articles…
Citing the CrossRef Blog, InfoDOCKET reports that “the CrossRef board of directors approved the FundRef funder identification pilot as a production service. During the pilot, which ran from March 2012 to February 2013, scholarly publishers and funding agencies, facilitated by CrossRef, have collaborated to find a standard way of reporting funding sources for published scholarly research. A report that outlines the experience of the pilot and provides recommendations for going forward is available…”
InfoDOCKET also reports that the University of California Libraries have finished the redesign of their website. According to CDLINFONews Blog Post by Ginny Steele, “the redesign process, started over a year ago, updates the site’s design, streamlines the navigation, and enriches the content. Our goal was to improve the information provided to audiences unfamiliar with how the ten campus libraries and CDL work together as a system and to enhance navigation to information about the systemwide groups whose material makes up the bulk of the website’s content…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.