Assessing Library Value Explored at ACRL Conference 2013; AHA calls for embargoes on dissertations; Choice E-Collection (CeC) now offers libraries free de-duping; AIP Publishing joins Kudos as final pilot partner; Goodreads says it has 20million members; and Springer and CAPES deal provides over 400 institutions in Brazil with access to Springer content.

ACRL-for-acrl.alaAssessing Library Value Explored at ACRL Conference 2013

“The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries blog notes that several papers and posters on library value assessment were presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Indianapolis this spring.

In “Demonstrating Value through Assessment and Surveys,” Terri Fishel discusses a poster about data collected from more than 80,000 faculty, staff, and students over eight years by the Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO) survey…

Melissa Bowles-Terry highlights three papers in “More Value Research from the 2013 ACRL Conference”:

  • “Academic and Public Library Collaboration: Increasing Value by Sharing Space, Collections, and Services,” by Daniel Overfield and Coleen Roy
  • “Answering ‘How’ and ‘Why’ Questions of Library Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning,” by Derek Rodriguez
  • “Choosing and Using Assessment Management Systems: What Librarians Need to Know,” by Megan Oakleaf, Jackie Belanger, and Carlie Graham

The 2013 ACRL Conference proceedings are available online.”

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher ED reports that “the American Historical Association has released a policy calling on history departments and university libraries to allow students to place embargoes on the online versions of Ph.D. dissertations in the field for up to six years. The association says that such a policy is needed to enable new Ph.D.s to successfully publish books based on their dissertations. But some historians are upset about the proposal, which they say isn’t needed and runs counter to the scholarly mission of sharing research findings…”

See also: The AHA Asks “What About the Children?” by Barbara Fister

“Kudos, the new service that helps authors and institutions maximize the visibility of their publications, has announced a third and final partner for its pilot phase of research and development. AIP Publishing (AIP) now joins the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Taylor & Francis (T&F) in supporting Kudos’ exploration of tools and services to increase discoverability and facilitate filtering of research articles…”

Choice logo - www.choicemag.orgThe Growing Choice E-Collection (CeC) now offers libraries value-added benefit with free de-duping

“The CHOICE e-Collection (CeC) is the first collection of e-books made up exclusively of titles reviewed by CHOICE. Currently consisting of several hundred titles spanning the entire liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the CeC presents CHOICE-reviewed titles from a growing list of publishers, including the University Press of Mississippi, Wesleyan University Press, M.E. Sharpe, McFarland, and Vanderbilt University Press, among others. The CeC combines quality content with ease of use and now features a free de-duping service that allows a library to determine within 48 hours which CeC titles it already owns…

The CeC also features a user-friendly interface that allows searching by title, author, ISBN, publisher, or keyword and supports browsing by subject area.”

According to TechCrunchGoodreads, the social reading service that Amazon acquired earlier this year, is announcing … that it has reached 20 million members.

CEO and co-founder Otis Chandler said that since it launched in 2007, the site, where users can share which books they’ve read and review them, has seen “slow-but-steady growth,” but things really started to accelerate in the past year. It took Goodreads only 11 months to double its membership after hitting 10 million members in August 2012.”

According to KnowledgeSpeakSpringer and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) in Brazil have entered into a new five-year agreement. The deal provides students, researchers and professionals at more than 400 institutions access to Springer’s content. CAPES is made up of both academic and government institutions, and Springer has been a partner of the government consortium since 2007.

The new deal encompasses Springer’s entire online English-language journal collection, the complete Online Journals Archive (OJA) and the zbMATH database…”