Libraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures; The BMJ: A new name, logo, website design, and homepage address; SCOAP3 repository now open for the community to harvest content through OAI-PMH feeds; Thomson Reuters Launches Game-Changing Enhancements to Its Flagship Research Analytics Platform; Springer celebrates open access milestone; ChemIDplus Database From NLM Adds New Features; Ex Libris Rosetta reaches a landmark with the release of Version 4; and Bitlit signs HarperCollins to ebook bundling pilot.
In this Scholarly Kitchen post, Phil Davis cites some disturbing figures,”As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL).
Based on reports from 40 research libraries, the percentage of university funds spent on libraries has shrunk by over one-half in the past three decades, from a high of 3.7% in 1984 to just 1.8% in 2011. The downward trend is applicable to both public and private universities in the United States as well as institutions in Canada.
A prestigious medical journal will be 175 years old next year. “During that time it has had four names: the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal (1840-52), the Association Medical Journal (1853-56), the British Medical Journal (1857-1988), and BMJ (1988-2014). Now it gets a fifth, with the inclusion in its name of the definite article. The journal formerly known as BMJ will now be formally known as The BMJ…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the SCOAP3 repository is now open for the community to harvest content through OAI-PMH feeds. The SCOAP3 repository hosts Open Access articles published under the SCOAP3 initiative. It is built on Open Source software and has been recently featured at the Open Repository 2014 conference…”
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Brill has announced that its 2015 Journal Program now consists of 208 titles. The program includes 9 new journals, 1 take-over journal and 2 Editions Rodopi journals, a recent acquisition of Brill. Five of Brill’s new 2015 journals are full Open Access…”
Springer is celebrating the milestone of 200,000 open access articles published to date. The articles, published across BioMed Central, and SpringerOpen are freely available and published under a Creative Commons (CC) license…
InfoDOCKET reports that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus has added some exciting new features. According to the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin you can check them out at http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/.
According to Library Technology Guides “Ex Libris announced the release of version 4.0 of the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. This major new release streamlines the management of preservation roles and enhances the communication between Rosetta and discovery systems, enabling users to easily discover collections that are preserved in Rosetta…”
DBW reports that “BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book edition at a discounted price when they already own the print book…”
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.