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Librarians meet the commissioners, live: The Middle State Accreditation Standards Revisions Redux; Students prefer smartphones and laptops to tablets; NISO’s Executive Director takes you “Around the Publishing Technology World in 25 Minutes;” Swets retains its global ISO 9001:2008 certificate for another 3 years; Boundless releases new cloud platform… ; the Universities of Applied Sciences in Dresden and Leipzig select Ex Libris Alma and Primo; and California Community College selects ProQuest to suit curriculum needs.

Middle States logo - www.msche.org Librarians Meet the Commissioners, Live: The Middle State Accreditation Standards Revisions Redux

This guest post to ACRLog reports on a “recent town hall meeting of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in Albany, New York” to discuss the “revision of the accreditation standards document. One third of all those who stood up to speak spoke in defense of the work librarians do on college campuses across the region.  Furthermore, not all of those who spoke were librarians.  Librarians had allies among the classroom faculty present…”

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a “study, by Michael Hanley, a professor of advertising and director of Ball State’s Institute for Mobile Media Research, found that students’ use of smartphones for entertainment, such as watching videos, visiting social-media platforms, and shopping online, has increased in the last five years. Those are the same uses they would consider buying a tablet for. Because of tablets’ high prices, however, students prefer to stick to laptops and smartphones while in college, the study found. (Mr. Hanley plans to publish the results of the study later this year.)

According to InfoDOCKET, Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO (National Information Standards Organization) made an “excellent” presentation at the annual Project Muse Publishers Meeting that discussed “current projects and initiatives they’re working on…

Some of the Initiatives Discussed in Carpenter’s Presentation Include:

  • Authoritative Disambiguation: Name Identification (ISNI and ORCID)
  • Open Discovery Initiative
  • DDA
  • Annotations
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Altmetrics…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Swets,…  has successfully retained its global ISO 9001:2008 certification, passing its recent ISO audits with flying colors. The new certificate is valid for a further three years, running until July 2017… The ISO 9001:2008 certificate is the world’s most recognized quality management standard. The standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement…”

Barnes and Noble etextbooksInfoDOCKET also reports that “Boundless launched their “Cloud Powered Education” platform” that enables “educators … to assign off-the-shelf content or easily customize their own title. Boundless offers content in 20+ subjects, peer-reviewed by academic experts. Educators can customize content to match their syllabi, giving their students an affordable alternative to traditional, expensive textbooks. Boundless makes it simple for educators to share content with their students in real time, through the cloud…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Ex Libris Group has announced that Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden) and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) have opted to deploy the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak West Los Angeles College, a community college located in Ladera Heights, California, has increased their offerings from ProQuest … The addition of the Summon® service, ebrary ebooks and other ProQuest information databases will provide their library patrons the resources that they need to successfully complete their assignments…”

 

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