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SAGE Publishing and the Hammill Institute on Disabilities partner to publish a total of 18 special education journals

(25 July 2017) SAGE Publishing today announces an expanded partnership with the Hammill Institute on Disabilities to publish Rural Special Education Quarterly (RSEQ), Beyond Behavior (BB), and Behavioral Disorders (BD). The new titles join 15 other special education journals that SAGE currently publishes on behalf of the Hammill Institute on Disabilities.

“We are excited to work with SAGE to increase the reach and discoverability of Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior, and Rural Special Education Quarterly,” commented Judy Voress, Executive Director of the Hammill Institute on Disabilities. “SAGE expertly manages many of the back-office details for our collection of 18 journals, thus freeing us to focus on strengthening quality through editorial training and support.”

RSEQ is the only national scholarly publication devoted to topics, issues, and trends in service delivery or personnel preparation in rural special education and disability services. It is the official journal of the American Council on Rural Special Education and publishes new research findings, information on innovative program models, and current best practices. It also includes analysis of local, state, and national policies.

A practitioner journal, BB is designed for teachers, administrators, counselors, and other professionals who work with children and youth with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. The journal helps provide these professionals with a rationale for choosing to use a practice or addressing a real-world issue. It also emphasizes the “how to” nature of field-based practice.

Research published in BD are reports of original investigations and theoretical papers that relate to the education of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The journal publishes quantitative and qualitative studies, program evaluation reports, brief reports, and position statements.

“We are proud to expand our partnership with the Hammill Institute on Disabilities to publish its full journals portfolio, containing research that advances the care and education of individuals with disabilities and other special needs,” commented Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Global Journals, SAGE Publishing. “We look forward to enhancing the collection’s global readership and impact.”

Learn more about the journals by visiting the Rural Special Education Quarterly, Beyond Behavior, and Behavioral Disorders homepages.

British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.”

The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more than 800,000 pages–are to be digitized and made available online free of charge as part of an effort called Two Centuries of Indian Print: 1713-1914.

The Times of India has the story in full.

IFLA Green Library Award 2017 winners announced

China and Hong Kong among the winners

(20 July 2017) IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017.

The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner.

Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award are:

  • to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability;
  • to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

The winner  of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017  is the public library Stadtbibliothek Bad Oldesloe”, Germany.

The five runners up include Sun Yat-sen Library, Guanghzhou, China and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The announcement in full including all the winners is here.

See the full details in the Press release [English – PDF].

University of Technology Sydney hiring University Librarian

(20 July 2017) UTS is seeking a University Librarian to lead the future UTS Blake Library, who is an innovative and inspirational leader, who will work collaboratively across the university’s executive to provide a quality user service. This is a transformational role at the centre of UTS’s teaching, learning and research. The Librarian will be at the leading edge of the learning experience within UTS’s learning.futures approach, providing an informed and energised service supporting teaching, research, student experience and consulting within the University.

Closing date 18 August 2017.

ALIA has the full job description.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services hiring Web Services Librarian

(20 July 2017) The ACT Health library provides health information resources and quality services to all ACT Health staff, faculty and students. The library seeks a creative and user-oriented person for the position of Web Services Librarian. Under the direction of the library Director, the Web Services Librarian is responsible for planning, development, maintenance and evaluation of the Library’s website, integrated web applications, user interfaces and mobile environment.

Applications close 3 August 2017

ALIA has the full job description.

Practical guidance for valuing objects in cultural collections

(20 July 2017) In her book Valuing Your Collection, collections management expert Freda Matassa examines the issues around valuing objects in cultural collections, describing current practice in museums, libraries and archives, and giving practical advice on how to assign values. Matassa looks at the difference between value and worth and at how cultural value can be translated into monetary terms. She outlines the arguments over whether financial values should be assigned at all and provides guidance on how to approach a valuation by making comparisons and using a step-by-step process for which templates for a wide range of collections are provided.

The review in full is here.

CABI – SciDev.Net merger creates stronger organisation for sustainable development

(18 July 2017) CABI and SciDev.Net have agreed to merge, creating a stronger and more diverse combined organisation to help boost their shared mission to improve lives around the world.

CABI is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. It was established by a United Nations treaty-level agreement. CABI’s 48 member countries guide and influence its work, which is delivered by scientific staff based in its global network of centres.

SciDev.Net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development. It produces news and feature articles, opinion pieces, multimedia packages, and data visualisations in English, French, Arabic and Spanish. Its specialist journalists based in hubs in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia generate articles shared by over 60 outlets and reaching 20m readers every quarter.

“We are delighted to have joined with SciDev.Net, and at the smooth merging of our two organisations. It will help further boost our shared track records of impact in providing information, advice and expertise to improve sustainable development.” – Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO, CABI

The two organisations are already working closely together, based on their shared values and overlapping audiences. The merger will strengthen SciDev.Net’s operations and support its objectives. The reach of its five regional editions supports CABI’s mission of putting information about agriculture and the environment into the hands of those who need it most.

Both organisations believe the merger will lead to innovations in the way research is published and shared, and will contribute to better development communications and extension.

SciDev.Net, a journalism charity, receives support from bilateral, multilateral and philanthropic donors including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UNESCO and the São Paulo Research Foundation. Under the terms of the merger, agreed after consultation with donors and the Charity Commission, CABI guarantees that SciDev.Net will retain its own identity and editorial independence.

The announcement is here.

APA upgrades APA PsycNET® content delivery platform

(17 July 2017, Washington)  The American Psychological Association has upgraded APA PsycNET®, its content delivery platform, to strengthen overall search and to help researchers find the most relevant psychology-related content with greater ease and precision.

The improvements include responsive web design, enhanced functionality and a powerful technology upgrade. In addition, related content links now appear in search results, broadening relevant discovery. An enhanced browse function provides journal snapshots for PsycARTICLES® users on the table of contents page, listing the most cited and downloaded articles, along with other aggregated frequency data. Plus, PsycTESTS® users can now take advantage of a test lookup feature, as well as options to browse non-commercial and commercial tests.

“APA PsycNET enables the discovery of psychological science across many disciplines, and enhancing the usability, functionality and technology of our platform is vital in supporting the important work of our research community,” said APA Executive Publisher Jasper Simons. “It is in keeping with APA’s mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge.”

In addition to the new search and browse features, citations can now be added to “MyList” directly from browse results, and a new export to APA Style CENTRAL® — the award-winning APA online scholarly writing solution — helps integrate content for users of both platforms.

APA PsycNET facilitates the discovery and delivery of premium behavioral and social science abstracts, journal articles, book chapters, videos and other relevant content, benefiting researchers, students, educators and librarians. This unique platform, developed and engineered by APA, creates an intuitive, feature-rich environment that showcases the integration of the “Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®” so users can quickly find the most relevant research content from among:

  • Over 4 million abstracts of peer-reviewed literature.
  • APA-published scholarly and professional full-text journal articles and book chapters.
  • Full-text reference works, including the APA Handbooks of Psychology® Series.
  • Hundreds of unscripted psychotherapy videos featuring renowned therapists.
  • Items associated with psychological tests, scales and other measurement tools.
  • Hard-to-find conference papers, patient materials, brochures, and other gray literature.

Access to APA PsycNET is available to institutions and individuals. For more information, visit the APA PsycNET website.

The announcement in full is here.

Future of Libraries

(July 2017) Libraries are evolving to meet the changing needs of the cities they serve, in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer. Future of Libraries examines the key trends that are influencing the transformation of libraries in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and the services they offer.

The announcement is here with a link to download the report published by Arup.

UTS hiring Scholarly Information Librarian II

(17 July 2017) The University of Technology Sydney Library is recruiting a strategically focused Scholarly Information Librarian to join a high performing and collaborative department that is comprised of 3 teams: Collection Development & Evaluation, Finance & Vendor Relationships, Metadata & Discovery Services. The Scholarly Information Librarian is responsible for providing the UTS community with access to high quality information resources which are essential for research, teaching and learning programs.  The role will also have responsibility for the implementation of innovative services and technologies to support the needs of UTS’ internal and external stakeholders.

ALIA has the job description.

Closing date: 14 August 2017.

Japan’s NEC considers buying Civica for $1.2 billion

(14 July 2017) Japanese information technology company NEC Corp is looking at buying British software firm Civica for 900 million pounds and has hired advisors to work on an offer, Sky News reported.

An auction for Civica, one of the UK’s biggest public sector software providers, began several weeks ago and has drawn initial offers from three private equity firms – London-based BC Partners, Berkshire Partners and the Swiss-based Partners Group, Sky News said, citing an industry source.

Civica provides outsourcing services to government organisations and local authorities around the world, from running most of the UK police force’s automatic number plate recognition system to Singapore’s public library management system.

4-traders has the story in full.

iGroup partners with Hindawi in Asia and Oceania

Hong Kong, 12 July 2017. iGroup is partnering with Hindawi Limited, one of the largest fully open access publishers. Effective immediately all of Asia and Oceania will be covered by iGroup.

“iGroup aims to lead the change in open access publishing in the region,” says Mr. Pote Lee, the founder and CEO of iGroup. “We are very glad to partner with Hindawi. iGroup will support and promote Hindawi’s services to universities in  Asia and Oceania, and help the local publishers to transition into open access.”

“Asia is a very important market for Hindawi, so we’re delighted to be putting more resources into supporting it more robustly. iGroup bring significant knowledge and experience of this region, together with their ability to provide local operational support. We are very excited to be partnering with such an established and respected organization,” says Richard Bennett, Commercial Director of Hindawi. “We look forward to driving the continued uptake of open access across the region, as well as offering key support to institutions, publishers and societies interested in taking control of their open access activities.”

About iGroup:

iGroup is a one-stop shop for professional information solutions and technologies. With a focus on the knowledge management and information industry, iGroup provides a full spectrum of related products and services with localized support that cater to the needs of librarians, students, academics, educators, publishers, scientists and research professionals. More about iGroup: www.igroupnet.com. 

About Hindawi:

Hindawi Limited is a publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. Founded in 1997, Hindawi employs more than 700 people in its Cairo and London offices and publishes more than 20,000 open access articles per year. More about Hindawi: https://about.hindawi.com.

Contact:

Marketing & Communications, iGroup, marketing@igroupnet.com

Course packs for education ruled legal in India

Supreme Court ruling a huge triumph for access to educational materials in India

(12 July 2017) On 9 May 2017, a five year court battle between publishers and universities finally came to an end when the Supreme Court of India dismissed an appeal by the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO) challenging an earlier judgment of Delhi High Court that ruled course packs in India legal for educational purposes.

EIFL has a detailed account of what the ruling means for education in India.