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News and Announcements 12/1/11

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Today’s news includes article rentals from Cambridge Univ. Press; a hosting deal between Highwire and ECS;  the new ebrary/DA Information Services partnership; Nielsen Research on metadata and books sales and a new platform for STN.

Cambridge U. Press Would Like to Rent You an Article

Cambridge University Press “has just announced a rental program for articles from the more than 280 peer-reviewed journals it publishes.”  Readers would pay $5.99 per 24 hr. view.  Printing, saving and cutting and pasting are not part of the deal.  This is read only service is “similar to the conditions set by DeepDyve, which also offers 24-hour, no-download access to research articles, but on a monthly subscription basis.”

ECS Selects HighWire Press to Host Its Digital Library

The Electrochemical Society has awarded the hosting of its ECS Digital Library (ECS DL) to Stanford University’s HighWire Press, with a launch date anticipated for June 2012.  Mary Yess of ECS says that Highwire offers “a new set of opportunities for visibility and discoverability for future research published by the Society,” as well as “the hosting of ECS’s legacy content.”

ebrary Announces Partnership with DA Information Services

ProQuest/ebrary announced “it has partnered with DA Information Services, Australia’s largest locally-based academic library service supplier, to make authoritative content from leading publishers more readily and easily available to libraries in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and PNG.”

Nielsen Research Finds Metadata Helps Increase Book Sales

Nielsen Book announced “the initial findings of research into the effectiveness of high quality and appropriate metadata on the sales of books. One interesting finding was the 42% sales increase that enhanced metadata has on growing sales of some backlist titles that previously had no enhanced metadata.”  The completed study with a summary of its findings will be presented at Digital Book World in New York in January 2012.

One assumes (hopes) that increased metadata in library discovery systems yields similar results.

STN to Launch New Platform in 2012

“The STN partners, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) in the U.S. and FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany, announced that a completely new STN will be phased into the market beginning in 2012. The new platform is designed to bring improved efficiency and usability at the expert level.”


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