Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future; ARL publishes Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013; TU Delft selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services; De Gruyter Signs Partnership with Read Cube; Arab World Research Source™ Now Available from EBSCO; University Libraries in Hong Kong add value to their collections with digital access to South China Morning Post archives; Springer and Peerage of Science team up to ease journal submission; Wellcome Library funds deep dive into UK mental health history; The British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership; and Bookbuilders of Boston name winners of first New England Publishing Collaboration Awards.
InfoDOCKET reports that since Swets initially declared bankruptcy “now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to be paid.
Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the Netherlands and several jurisdictions where the company operates as a foreign company and/or has branch offices.
Included in the post is the following section titled, “Material impact on day-to-day operations of customers: all activities terminated”. It includes the following paragraphs…”
InfoDOCKET also notes that “the Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce publication of the 2015 Library Publishing Directory, which highlights the publishing activities of 124 college and university libraries…”
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), one of the world’s leading technical universities, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system…
Wellcome Library funds deep dive into UK mental health history
According to TeleRead “the UK’s Wellcome Library has announced a new initiative in its ongoing program of medical archive digitisation, in the shape of a partnership with several UK regional archives and hospitals to digitise and disseminate their mental health records. According to the announcement, “over 800,000 pages of archival material from psychiatric hospitals in the UK from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitised and made freely available online as part of the Wellcome Library’s ambitious digitisation programme…”
- De Gruyter Signs Partnership to Increase Discoverability of its Scholarly Articles across ReadCube’s Web, Desktop, and Mobile Platforms.
According to this press release “academic publishing house De Gruyter today announced its partnership with Boston-based publishing software company ReadCube. With this partnership, over 850 journal titles and book chapters from the De Gruyter collection will be indexed by ReadCube for easy discovery across the technology company’s web, desktop and mobile portals, search engines and recommendation feeds…”
According to this press release “there is a new resource available for researchers studying the Arab World. EBSCO Information Services has introduced Arab World Research Source™, a full-text database that delivers the coverage needed by researchers of Arab Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies…”
- University Libraries in Hong Kong add value to their collections with digital access to South China Morning Post archives
According to Library Technology Guides “the historical newspaper archive of Hong Kong based South China Morning Post will add compelling value for eight members of the JULAC (Joint University Libraries Advisory Committee) consortium. With searchable, full text coverage of South China Morning Post from its origin in 1903 to 1995, includes all advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and photographs that illuminate history as much as the news articles, university staff and students will be able to search the newspaper in its entirety.
Library Technology Guides also reports that “Springer has joined forces with Peerage of Science to help authors more easily submit their manuscripts for consideration in Springer journals. Both sides are looking at how they can make the process easier and less time consuming, reduce the time to publication, and eliminate the need for re-submissions. The end goal is to make the work of peer review a more enriching experience for both authors and for reviewers, and to further recognize the hard work of those who are entrusted with this duty…”
The British Library reports that the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership has launched the Qatar Digital Library – a new, bilingual, online portal providing access to previously undigitised British Library archive materials relating to Gulf history and Arabic science.
The portal makes the modern history and culture of the Gulf and wider region, particularly its connection with Britain, available through vividly documented personal and official archives, photographs, maps and recordings of traditional music held at the British Library…
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.