NFAIS Advances
Feb. 12, 2015

Message from the NFAIS Executive Director:

Marcie Granahan,
NFAIS Executive Director
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in just a matter of days at the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, where we’ll take an in-depth look at the evolving user experience and the future of information delivery. This year’s speakers include Kalev Leetaru, a leading Internet entrepreneur and academic; Tim Collins, President & CEO of EBSCO Industries; Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist at the MIT Libraries; Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare, Inc. and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University; and many more. If you haven’t registered, you’ll have to act quickly. Online registration closes tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 13).

In our last issue of NFAIS Advances, we explored Open Access and two great articles on international trends and creative approaches for open-access journals. In today’s issue, we include an article covering new ideas around data sharing, including proposed policies and incentives to help foster more sharing of quality data among researchers. I’ve launched a post on this topic in the NFAIS Advances Community Forum – I invite you to join in and share your thoughts with your peers and colleagues.

We hope you enjoy this week’s issue of NFAIS Advances! Please feel free to share this liberally with your colleagues and friends. We also welcome your feedback on ways we can make this service most helpful to you.

Marcie Granahan
Executive Director

Elsevier wins 10 PROSE Awards including best eProduct application: Virtual microscope
Elsevier via NFAIS
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced winning 10 PROSE Awards including the Best eProduct Application award for the Virtual Microscope, an integrated browser-based slide viewer that provides access to high resolution whole slide images. More

ProQuest joins BIBCO and ECIP Cataloging Partnership Programs
ProQuest via NFAIS
ProQuest has become a partner in the Library of Congress’ Electronic Cataloging in Publication (ECIP) Cataloging Partnership and BIBCO Programs. The company is the first publisher ever to partner in the ECIP program and joins academic libraries in cataloging pre-publication galleys of U.S. imprints received at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress selects candidates for these programs that have demonstrated expertise in and commitment to cooperative cataloging.More

What makes researchers willing to share their data?
Research Information
Making data openly available enables other researchers to validate and to attempt the replication of research results. Just as importantly, completely new work might spring from the same data when it is seen through different eyes. But in practice researchers are often reluctant to make their data available for use by others. More

Publishers, agencies must shift their focus from big data to big content
Programmatic direct, data aggregators, cross-device tracking, viewability metrics. Take a look at the themes that dominated the advertising media over the past year and you come away with the impression that our industry is all about technology. Yet not too long down the road, this tech mania will quiet down, leaving our industry to focus on what will be the ultimate competitive differentiator—superior content.More

Major new STN® release delivers essential biomedical and patent content to IP professionals
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe are pleased to announce the latest release of the new STN platform, a Web-based search solution offering essential, value-added content in an intuitive, powerful interface designed for professional IP searching.More

Texas A&M librarians present plan to reduce textbook costs
The Eagle
Texas A&M librarians are working toward securing more free textbooks for students while allowing thousands of research papers to be read by the public, marking two goals discussed at a weekend workshop aimed at encouraging open access initiatives at SEC schools. The world of free online textbooks and open access publishing is foreign to some professors who are comfortable in assigning the same textbooks each semester, said David Carlson, dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries.More

Wiley converts three more journals to open access
Research Information
John Wiley & Sons has announced the transition of three journals to the its open access publishing program, bringing the total number of Wiley’s open access titles to 47. All published articles in Conservation Letters, Thoracic Cancer and The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine will be open access and free to view, download and share.More

'Paying it forward' publishing
Inside Higher Ed
The University of California Press is building a new open-access publishing model around the idea that reviewers and researchers in the hard sciences can support new forms of scholarly communication by "paying it forward." The university press last month introduced Collabra and Luminos, an open-access journal and monograph publisher, respectively. While Luminos is hoping to publish about 10 monographs this fall, Collabra is in beta testing and aims to accept submissions in a few weeks.More

Register today for the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, Feb. 22-24 in the Washington, DC area
The NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, Feb. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, is shaping up to be our most high-impact, substantive conference ever! Focusing on Anticipating Demand: the User Experience as Driver, this year’s speakers include Kalev Leetaru, a leading Internet entrepreneur and academic; Tim Collins, President & CEO of EBSCO Industries; Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist at the MIT Libraries; Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare, Inc. and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.More

Upcoming events

Unpacking Tech Trends in Libraries and Academia
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 11 a.m. EST

2015 NFAIS Annual Conference
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 1 p.m. EST - Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 2 p.m. EST

Research Data Publication, Part I: Where We Are Now
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10 a.m. EST

Making Content Portable, Making It Usable
Friday, March 27, 2015 11 a.m. EST

Research Data Publication, Part II: The Complexities of Implementation
Monday, April 20, 2015 9:15 a.m. ESTMore


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