4 universities band together to share and protect digital resources; ‘Dubliners’ comes to life in Boston College’s annotated e-Book; North Carolina State University developing an digital library of dyes; Thomson Reuters rolling journal citation reports and essential science indicators into NextGen InCites; Ingram enhances PDA tools available for e-books on its OASIS platform for academic libraries; and Wolters Kluwer Health announces new, feature-rich online platform developed for LWW Health Library;
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education four major research universities are trying to lessen the influence of outside technology companies by “creating a consortium, called Unizin, that they hope will help member institutions innovate on their own terms.
“Unizin is a strategic move by universities to assert greater control and influence over the digital-learning landscape than would otherwise be possible by any single institution,” the founders write in a news release. The four institutions are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan…”
The Chronicle also reports that a class of 15 Boston College students have launched “Digital Dubliners, … almost 100 years to the day after Joyce published the original text. The e-book’s creators… say it will change how teachers teach—and students understand—Joyce’s work. Using Apple’s iBooks Author software, they infused the text with critical analysis, multimedia annotations, and video commentary from Joyce scholars. The result now lives on iTunes, where anyone, anywhere, can use it free…”
InfoDOCKET cites this article in Raleigh News and Observer that “N.C. State University’s newest – and strangest – library exists mainly in 98,000 glass vials and slim envelopes of cloth samples.
But chemistry students have begun the painstaking work of turning the huge collection of dyes, test swatches and documents, all donated by the Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co., into an online resource. When they’re done, crime-scene investigators and a host of other kinds of researchers around the world will be able to search through files of three-dimensional models of the thousands of unique molecules and information about their attributes…”
- Thomson Reuters Rolling Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators into NextGen InCites
Quoting a Thomson Reuters News Release, InfoDOCKET also reports that “Essential Science Indicators and Journal Citation Reports (JCR) are being rolled into next generation InCites creating a seamless connection across the platform.
The launch of this year’s Journal Citation Reports including the much anticipated Journal Impact Factors – will coincide with the release of the next generation InCites on July 29, 2014…”
According to KnowledgSpeak “Ingram Content Group Inc. has enhanced the patron-driven acquisition (PDA) tools available for e-books on its OASIS platform for academic libraries.
Through an enhanced integration with EBSCO Information Services, libraries have access to a greater range of e-book content and collection development options through the OASIS platform. With new functionality, OASIS customers also have the option to include EBSCO e-books in Ingram Coutts profiles and can elect to have those e-books added to PDA collections in already established workflows.
KnowledgeSpeak cites this press release that “healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced a new, feature-rich online platform developed for the LWW Health Library, a portal to a diverse collection of Lippincott basic and clinical science content used by medical and pharmacy schools. The new platform provides a redesigned user interface, improved site navigation and search functionality, and other capabilities that optimise access to trusted Lippincott material…”
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.