Two billion for E-rate provides “2-for-1” benefits”; Altmetric begins tracking Sina Weibo; Stanford University takes the research crown in Thomson Reuters metrics Mania; Penguin Random House UK launches online book recommendation and retail platform; University of South Carolina Chooses EBSCO Discovery Service with Encore; Journals published by Portland Press to move to HighWire Open Platform; Four new publishers to participate in the CLOCKSS Digital Preservation Archive; and Spazio Reale in Italy opens the All Digital Library, powered by the Ex Libris Primo
District Dispatch reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) called on (pdf) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and alleviate historic shortfalls in funding for internal connections. In response to the FCC’s March Public Notice, the ALA seeks to leverage existing high-speed, scalable networks to increase library broadband speeds, improve area networks and further explore cost efficiencies that could be enabled through new consortium approaches…
According to KnowledgeSpeak Altmetric, supported by Digital Science, has begun tracking mentions of academic articles on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The data will shortly be fully integrated into existing Altmetric tools…
Launched in 2009, Sina Weibo has become one of the largest social media sites in China, and is most often likened to Twitter…”
PR Newswire reports that “the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters…, today named Stanford University as the champion of Metrics Mania, a unique, annual competition measuring the research impact of American universities participating in the NCAA® college basketball tournament.
The winners of each of the six rounds of Metrics Mania were determined biweekly from March 17 through April 7 using Thomson Reuters InCitesTM, the leading web-based research analytics platform enabling institutions to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels…”
Digital Book World reports that “Penguin Random House has started to use its scale to influence the online book retail marketplace. The company has launched My Independent Bookshop, a recommendation and retail platform where readers can curate, share, browse and buy books.
Through the platform, which is currently in private beta-testing and available by invite only, users can curate a bookshelf of up to a dozen titles — based on their favorite books, the season, all the books on a topic or by an author, for instance…”
According to PRWeb the “University of South Carolina (USC) has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) with Encore as its discovery service. The university was looking for a single search box for its users but also wanted the flexibility to have more advanced options and EDS/Encore provided the right fit…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Portland Press Limited has signed an agreement to move its sector-leading journals, including the Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science and Bioscience Reports, to the HighWire Open Platform.
The new journal sites will see more than 10,000 pages of research published annually and a catalogue of papers dating back 100 years hosted on HighWire by mid-2015…”
The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce the participation of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Forest Research and Management Institute ICAS, University of Alberta Press, and Victoria University in Melbourne
- Spazio Reale in Italy opens the All Digital Library, powered by the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution
According to Library Technology Guides “Ex Libris announced that the Spazio Reale in San Donnino, Italy, has chosen Ex Libris Primo as the discovery tool for the center’s Biblioteca All Digital, whose collections consist entirely of electronic materials…”
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.