Yearly Archives: 2012

Emory digital scholars archive Occupy Wall Street tweets

Emory Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) has collected more than 10 million tweets about the Occupy Wall Street movement and shaped them into visualizations, like word clouds and heat maps. DiSC scholars and staff unveiled the Tweeting #OWS project, which began in October 2011, on the first anniversary of the street demonstrations. “Twitter does not […]

December 24, 2012 8:14 am

Elsevier offers entire collection of journals and books to innovators in developing countries

Elsevier now offers its entire collection of books and journals on its online platform ScienceDirect, as well as access to its abstracts and citation database Scopus to innovators in 105 countries for free or little cost through the ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) program. Elsevier’s contributions cover a vast array of scientific […]

December 24, 2012 8:12 am

The University of Texas System joins Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley in not-for-profit online learning collaborative

edX, the online non-profit learning initiative founded by Harvard University (Harvard) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and launched in May, announced 15 October the addition of The University of Texas (UT) System to its platform. The UT System, one of the largest public university systems in the United States with nine academic universities […]

December 24, 2012 8:11 am

eBooks: developments and policy considerations

A new study from the OECD shows that books are undergoing a massive transformation from being a physical object to something electronic, or an “eBook”. And while eBook sales still make up only a small proportion of book sales (1 percent in most OECD countries, 2-3 percent in the United Kingdom and 8 percent in […]

December 23, 2012 7:57 pm

British Library leads the way for sharing research data through DataCite

Five major research centres have expanded their commitment to make data more accessible through the British Library’s DataCiteservice, a global initiative which addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research. The Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Science & Technology Facilities Council […]

December 23, 2012 7:54 pm

Alexander Street’s new collection of counseling and therapy videos bridges past and future

Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume III, the newly released streaming video collection from Alexander Street Press, highlights the evolution of the counseling field with prominent films on classic and emerging topics. Volume III will grow to include more than three hundred hours of training videos, re-enactments, and actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned counseling […]

December 23, 2012 7:53 pm

Credo Reference signs over 500 Literati customers in 9 months

Credo Reference, a company that believes the world would be a better place if more decisions and ideas were powered by knowledge, has announced that over 500 academic and public libraries around the globe have licensed its Literati solution. Literati helps end-users not only easily discover and use their library’s authoritative content, but also understand […]

December 23, 2012 7:52 pm

What authors want from open access publishing

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced on 26 October the results of an author survey on open access, with over ten thousand respondents from across Wiley’s journal portfolio. The research explored the factors that authors assess when deciding where to publish, and whether to publish open access. Among the top factors considered by authors were […]

December 23, 2012 7:51 pm

Major report finds copyright industries delivering jobs and innovation

A major economic report has found Australia’s copyright-based industries such as music, publishing and film continue to make a significant contribution to the national economy. The report, undertaken by PwC for the Australian Copyright Council, was released by the Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP in Parliament House, Canberra. […]

December 23, 2012 7:49 pm

Confucius’ family tree goes digital

Descendants of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius have digitized books delineating their family tree, which is believed to be the world’s largest, to make it easier to revise, reports the The original paper collection of the family tree containing a record of all 83 generations of Confucius’ offspring of over 2 million people is currently […]

December 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Global Health database from CABI hits 2 million records

Global Health, the only specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health research and practice, now has over 2 million records. Derived from over 6,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, the open serials policy and coverage of international and grey literature mean that over 50 percent of the serials in Global Health are […]

December 23, 2012 7:46 pm

BMJ Group launches six specialty editions of its open access title BMJ Open

The international medical publisher BMJ Group has launched six specialty editions of its innovative online journal BMJ Open ( to coincide with Open Access Week, 22-28 October. The editions showcase BMJ Open’s specialist research and will initially cover dermatology, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, neurology, obstetrics & gynaecology, and oncology. BMJ Open, which launched in February 2011, […]

December 23, 2012 7:45 pm

Visit Blue Mountain for cultural modernity

The Blue Mountain Project is the common work of scholars, librarians, curators, and digital humanities researchers whose mission is to create a freely available digital repository of important, rare, and fragile texts that both chronicle and embody the emergence of cultural modernity in the West. Drawing on Princeton University’s exceptional collections and curatorial and academic […]

December 23, 2012 7:43 pm

Library Journal awards best eBook database to ebrary’s Academic Complete

ebrary®, a ProQuest business, announced 1 November that its flagship eBook subscription collection, Academic Complete™, has been awarded the title of Library Journal’s Best E-book Database. The award, which was voted on by numerous reference librarians, further strengthens Academic Complete’s position as the best valued eBook database in the industry and marks the second highly […]

December 23, 2012 7:41 pm

ARL Statistics 2010–2011 published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Statistics 2010–2011, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 126 member libraries in 2011. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, […]

December 23, 2012 7:40 pm