Anti-open access bill dead on arrival...

Mar 2, 2012 by

Just a quick link to a well-written post about the Research Works Act debacle, by Rebecca Trager of Chemistry World. Isn’t it interesting to learn that one of the major backers of the RWA, mega-commercial publisher Elsevier, abandoned its support of the bill just hours before it’s dropped in the...

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MyCopy service from Springer

Jul 28, 2009 by

The Yale Libraries have debuted the new MyCopy service by Springer. Has your library? Library patrons can now order their personal soft cover books via MyCopy. Following the successful completion of the MyCopy pilot project, Springer has extended this eBook service to all academic libraries in the USA and Canada that have purchased Springer eBook Collections. All registered library patrons can now order a soft cover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use by simply clicking on a button on springerlink.com. More than 11,000 books included at $24.95 each The MyCopy offer is currently valid for more than 11,000 electronic Springer books published since 2005. The new soft cover format is branded as a MyCopy book with a color cover and black and white book content. All books will be sold at...

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OCLC and EBSCO partner for full text...

Apr 8, 2009 by

OCLC and Ebsco have announced an agreement that makes it possible for libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services to provide their users with online access to the full text of electronic content. My system has a WorldCat Local beta installation (and several Ebsco products). Users who have tried the beta have really liked the fact that you can search both books and articles with the same search. Easy access to the full text is a definite...

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How librarians can use Google Book Search...

Mar 31, 2009 by

Steve Ostrem at Library Journal wrote a nice article on how librarians can use Google Book Search for reference, research and collection development. Particularly interesting, and new, is the “popular passages” search, the subject headings, the ability to clip and paste from public-domain works and the personalization options now offered via “My Library” with a Google account. There’s also the links to Worldcat (which I find myself using more than my own library catalog now.) All in all, without mentioning the copyright issues, Google Book Search does get better and...

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2, 000 000th document in IEEE Xplore...

Mar 19, 2009 by

Brian C Gray shared this morning that the IEEE Xplore database reached two million documents this month. The two millionth article loaded into IEEE Xplore is “Intelligent Packet Dropping for Optimal Energy-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Downlinks,” by Michael J. Neely from the University of Southern California. It appears in the March issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. You can download a copy for free. I remember when IEEE made this database available. And I remember making the case for it in a previous job. It was pretty much a no-brainer for us. Kudos to...

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ARL Statement to scholarly publishers on the global economic crisis...

Mar 6, 2009 by

A little late, but interesting reading, ARL published mid-February a statement to publishers regarding research libraries and the global economic crisis. The document lists a few of the effects the economic crisis has on research libraries: current and future -possibly permanent -budget cuts cancellation of ongoing commitments bigger preference of electronic over print shortening of “long tail” collection development changes in pricing models, which affects mostly negatively the bigger institutions. ARL then makes recommendations to scholarly publishers about pricing, contract terms and renegociation, swith to electronic only, archiving, open access, and consultation with...

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