News & Announcements 9/4/13

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American Medical News ends 55 year run;  Joint Consortia chooses EBL and ebrary for Ebooks; BioMed Central journals upgrade to full membership of Peerage of Science; New Great Smoky digital collection underway; Frontiers in Energy Research is newest addition to Nature’s OA collection; Researchers granted access to digitized Malay manuscripts; and Talis adds four new university customers to its latest Talis Aspire module.

ama-logo - Tracing a Casualty in Medical Journalism

This article in the Atlantic confirms what was reported on a couple of weeks ago, the “American Medical News, the newspaper of the American Medical Association, announced that its current edition is to be its last. It will not, as is the trend among dying papers, continue in a digital format. American Medical News has been in print since 1958, with a circulation of 215,000 — primarily family physicians who read it to remain abreast of new research, legislation, practice guidelines, and interesting cases…”

PR Newswire reports that “the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has selected both EBL and ebrary as recommended ebook suppliers for the next two to four years.

Under this new framework agreement, more than 500 higher and further education institutions across England can acquire ebook content from EBL and ebrary.  Both platforms seamlessly integrate into a library’s own collection management and catalogue systems and offer online and mobile access.  The agreement began this August and provides Joint Consortia members with a simplified framework for acquiring and accessing hundreds of thousands of ebooks available through ebrary and EBL…”

BioMed Central is pleased to announce an increased involvement with Peerage of Science, stepping up to full membership for four of our journals: Frontiers in Zoology, BMC Ecology, BMC Evolutionary Biology and BMC Biology. Peerage of Science is a new peer review initiative launched in 2011 with a mission of changing how peer review is done; the move to join this initiative is in response to feedback from our editors and the scientific community at large.

Citing Carolina Public PressInfoDOCKET reports that “Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will produce a new digital collection of 2,000 items focused on the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with support from a $93,000 grant from the North Carolina State Library.

This digital collection and interpretive website will include documents and photographs that relate to the initial idea and construction of a national park in the eastern United States, said Anna Fariello, associate professor of digital initiatives with Hunter Library. The materials will focus on a group of North Carolinians who promoted the idea of a park as early as 1899..”

Frontiers logo - www.frontiersin.orgAccording to Information Today “Frontiers, now part of Nature Publishing Group, introduced Frontiers in Energy Research as the newest addition to its open access (OA) journal collection. The new journal is designed to connect scientists who are exploring ways to weave innovative energy systems into the global economic and social framework…”

Information Today also reports thatThe British Library (BL) recently signed an agreement with the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) so researchers can access the BL’s Malay manuscript collection for free online.

Philanthropists William and Judith Bollinger donated £125,000 (about $195,000) for this 5-year digitization project that will preserve historic materials focusing on Thomas Stamford Raffles, the British administrator and founder of Singapore. Among other topics in the collection are documents relating to history, religion, law, culture, folklore, and legends…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “ Talis have announced that the University of Lincoln, University of Dundee, City University London and London South Bank University have all chosen the latest Talis Aspire module to automate the management, storage and copyright compliance of their digitised textbook content…”

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