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MSU Library awards faculty OER grants

The Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries Open Educational Resources (OER) Advisory Committee has awarded a second round of grants totaling $28,500 to ten MSU faculty. The announcement was made by Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem Jr., who noted that the awards are designed to support the goals of the OER program, which aims to help instructors reduce costs for students, improve access to required texts, and increase student success.

The faculty members (and faculty member teams) will each receive $4,000 to create and develop new OER for primary course material. More information, including a list of recipients, is available at https://blogs.lib.msu.edu/news-msu-libraries/2021/mar/msu-libraries-award-28500-msu-faculty-help-instructors-reduce-costs.

LYRASIS, Columbia University Libraries announce e-books partnership

LYRASIS and the Columbia University Libraries recently announce a new partnership to bring SimplyE, an open source e-book management platform, to Columbia University Library users. This partnership will increase access to materials available from the Columbia University Libraries with an improved and more consistent reading experience and will foster discoverability and use of ebooks for all students and faculty at Columbia and beyond.

The first phase of the partnership includes approximately 20,000 ebooks prepared for discovery through CLIO (Columbia’s local Blacklight-based catalog) and delivered through the SimplyE mobile app, hosted by LYRASIS. The ebooks are now available to mobile devices used by faculty, students, and staff for full-book download. The goals of the project are to deliver an improved and consistent experience for reading ebooks.

Springer Nature, UC-Berkeley Library sign new open access book partnership

Springer Nature has signed its first ever institutional open access book agreement with the University of California (UC)-Berkeley Library. The agreement will cover a broad range of book titles across all disciplines from humanities and social sciences to sciences, technology, and mathematics. Starting in 2021 and running for at least three years, the partnership will provide open access funding to UC-Berkeley affiliated authors. The open access book titles will publish under the Springer, Palgrave, and Apress imprints, with initial titles set to publish later this year. The books will be published under a CC BY license and readers around the world will have free access to the books via Springer Nature’s content platform SpringerLink.

This agreement with UC-Berkeley Library follows the UC systemwide landmark transformative agreement with Springer Nature announced last year to enable UC authors to publish research articles open access in more than 2,700 Springer Nature journals.

ASERL, DOAJ forge new partnership

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has announced a new partnership with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The arrangement shines a spotlight on the importance of open access at a time when both libraries and the organizations on which they depend, such as DOAJ, are facing unprecedented financial risks. As a free and independent database, DOAJ indexes more than 15,000 peer-reviewed open access journals from around the world. ASERL is one of the largest regional research consortia in the United States. Its members are world-renowned libraries at research-intensive universities, with a vested interest in open access and open science.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the increased demand for vetted, high-quality online academic research has highlighted the critical importance of support for essential library infrastructure services such as DOAJ. This agreement will be vital in creating a smooth path for such support to flow directly from ASERL members to DOAJ. Under the new partnership, ASERL will be able to offer support for DOAJ to consortia members at a substantial discount.

LexisNexis introduces Nexis Data Lab

LexisNexis has launched the Nexis Data Lab to address the challenges universities face with big data mining and analysis. With more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated each day, big data mining and analysis has become big business. But it also comes with big challenges for academic research, including reliable search and capture, secure sharing, authoritative sourcing, and data visualization.

Nexis Data Lab is a next-generation data mining and analysis tool that allows students and academic researchers to search across the world-leading Nexis news archive. It streamlines the analytical experience and reduces the time and complexity of curating a data set—getting the data into an analytical environment faster. Users can search, refine, analyze, and visualize thousands of documents in mere minutes, all within a secure, end-to-end, cloud-based Jupyter notebook. For more information on Nexis Data Lab, its features, and a glimpse into its new data mining product, visit http://lexisnexis.com/datalab.

Springshare announces new LibCal mapping features

Springshare has announced the LibCal mapping module, a new tool that visually engages and informs library patrons as they navigate the reservation process. Launched in April 2021, these new features include interactive maps for booking in-person activities and directional maps for event and appointment locations.

Key highlights from LibCal’s new, optional mapping features include interactive maps with clickable spaces, seats, and event and appointment locations; color options for map areas based on a user’s date and time selection; information bubbles that display each bookable area’s capacity, power, and accessibility options on hover; along with nested map capability so users can click from building floor map to a layout map with bookable study rooms or an individual room’s map with bookable desks.

For more information about LibCal’s new mapping module, including a video demonstrating an interactive map’s functionality, visit https://blog.springshare.com/2021/03/16/coming-soon-libcal-interactive-mapping/.

Ex Libris, DataCite launch new integration features

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has partnered with DataCite, a leading global organization that provides persistent identifiers for research outputs and data. The integration between the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution and the DataCite service enables researchers and librarians to seamlessly publish institutional research work and facilitates the discovery, citation, and tracking of the publications and underlying datasets via unique identifiers.

Esploro enhances the discoverability of research outputs and data by including the complete set of metadata for each research asset, along with its identifier. When any change is made to research outputs in the Esploro system, the metadata in the DataCite platform is automatically updated.

Learn more at https://exlibrisgroup.com/press-release/esploro-integrates-with-datacite-service/.

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