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ISSN newsletter
  10 - January 24, 2013 ISSN 2221-8009  
News   ISSN News

Launch of the project Press-OO/ISSN
The ISSN International Centre and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) have launched the PRESSoo/ISSN project, whose purpose is to find answers to long standing issues in the application of the FRBR family of models to serials and continuing resources. PRESSoo, based, among others, on ISSN rules and ISSN data elements, and specifically devoted to the bibliographic information relating to serials and continuing resources, will be developed as an extension of the FRBRoo model (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records – Object Oriented). The BnF and the ISSN International Centre envisage to use the outputs of this project when FRBRizing their respective catalogues (“catalogue général” for the BnF, ISSN Register for the ISSN International Centre). The first results will be presented to the ISSN Review Group and partners of both the ISSN Network and the BnF at the end of April 2013.

Our colleague Regina Romano Reynolds invited at the USKG Conference 2013
Regina Romano Reynolds, Head of the U.S ISSN Center at the Library of Congress, has been invited by UKSG (United Kingdom Serials Group) to participate in a program entitled, “Practices make perfect: key NISO initiatives for improving discovery” during the UKSG conference 2013, to be held in Bournemouth (United Kingdom) from April 8 to April 10, 2013.  UKSG is one of the most important organizations dedicated to serials and electronic resources worldwide. Regina will talk primarily about the PIE-J project (“Recommended Practices for the Presentation and Identification of E-Journals”) in which she’s actively involved.

Standard   Standards

ODI (Open Discovery Initiative) Survey report now available 
The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) aims at defining standards and/or best practices for the new generation of library discovery servicesprimarily based upon indexes derived from journals, ebooks and other electronic information of a scholarly nature. THE ODI is interested in establishing a more standard set of practices for the ways that content is represented in discovery services and for the interactions between the creators of these services and the information providers whose resources they represent.
This report provides findings and analysis of a survey dispatched by ODI to learn more about the current state of satisfaction with these new research tools and to measure the value of various requirements in cross-sector practice. (NISO, January 2013) (PDF)

Bibframe Experiments 
Karen Coyle provides some examples of MARC records transformed into “BIBFRAME Resources” (see ISSN newsletter n°9 regarding the “BIBFRAME Initiative” led by the Library of Congress) using two different softwares, one developed by the Library of Congress itself and the other by Zephyra.  (Karen Koyle, January 2013) 

RSS   Publishing, Information Industry, Technology 

As Tablets Supplant Ereaders, New Challenges Arise for Publishers
Sixty percent of publishing executives believe that tablets have become “the ideal reading platform,” and 45 percent believe that dedicated e-readers will soon be irrelevant, according to a recent online, by-invitation survey conducted by global research and advisory firm Forrester. (The Digital Shift, 2013-01-17)

Ebook Trends 2013—The New World of Ebook Publishing

In the past few months, pricing of ebooks and issues of competition has come into sharper focus. Changes are coming much faster in the publishing world today—prices for titles are dropping and we are seeing the development of new models and channels for publishing, distribution, and sales. (Information Today, 2013-01-17)

Ebook Trends 2013—The Transformation Accelerates
In the past year, the “if” and “when” questions for ebooks were answered—electronic media are now clearly in the mainstream and even driving changes in all aspects of publication/distribution/use of information and literature. June 2012 statistics from the Association of American Publishers (ASA) showed that ebooks have overtaken hardcovers in terms of publisher revenues.
2013 will see the next stages of the disruptions caused by our evolving interconnected world of information as they continue to change the very landscape of information production, distribution, and use. Key issues for the coming year remain unsettled. (Information Today, 2013-01-10)

Latin American research publications rising fast
Latin American scientists are producing more scientific papers and those papers are cited more widely. As a matter of fact, from 2000 to 2010, the number of scholarly papers published in journals indexed in Scopus bibliographic database and authored by Latin American researchers rose by more than nine per cent a year, according to the study published in November 2012 in Research Trends. (, 2013-01-07)

What’s In a (Journal) Name?
Name changes have consequences. In the short term, a name changes artificially depresses the journal’s impact factor as citations in the next two years are split between the old and new title names. Citing authors are also prone to making mistakes, attributing new articles to the old name or vice versa. As some authors are prone to reuse the erroneous citations of others, errors can persist years after a name change has been made. (Scholarly kitchen, 2012-12-18)

Moving Scholarly Society Members Online-Only – Are We Reaching the Tipping Point?
The past 10 years or so have seen an ever-increasing move away from print toward online-only journal subscriptions and licenses. Academic and research libraries have been moving to an online-only environment for over a decade now. According to a recent EBSCO report:
Whereas 88% of [library] sales were in print-only in 1998, now print makes up only 34% of sales while electronic only sales have gone from 4% of sales in 1998 to 50% of sales today.
So why haven’t more journals moved fully online only?  (
Scholarly kitchen, 2012-12-13)

Libraries   Libraries

Many JSTOR Journal Archives Now Free to Public
The archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited free reading by the public, JSTOR announced on January 8. Anyone can sign up for a JSTOR account and read up to three articles for free every two weeks. (Library Journal, 2013-01-9)

Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?
A survey published bythe Pew Internet Project finds that only five percent of "recent library users" have tried to borrow an e-book this year.
About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association (ALA), but finding the book you want to read can be a challenge — when it's available at all. (NPR, 2012-12-27) (the survey)

British Library welcomes announcement on copyright exceptions
The British Library has welcomed the announcement by Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, outlining new exceptions to the UK’s copyright framework. According to Roly Keating, Chief Executive, the exceptions announced will allow the British Library to stay at the forefront of research services and collection preservation in an increasingly digital and networked world.(British Library, 2012-12-20)

Transforming library services with mobile technology
The discovery, consumption and creation of content - music, photos, text and video - constitutes the majority of the mobile activity. Such activities used to be rooted in a physical space, the library, the classroom or the cinema, for example. The disruptive nature of mobile technology means that many of these bonds have been loosened, or broken altogether, and require us to rethink many of the assumptions we have about how and where content is created and consumed.
That disruption is the new norm; it is a feature of the system, not a bug. For institutions, and support services like the library, this means a re-conceptualisation not just of how you deliver services, but how you design and develop those new services. (Research information, 2012-12-04)

Harvard’s Alternative to Google Books, Universities launch a digital public library
In 2010, university librarians met in a national conference and decided to create an alternative to Google Books called the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Operating under the auspices of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, it aims to archive every book in the public domain and offer them online to anyone. The library’s prototype is expected to launch this year. (Spectrum IEEE, January 2013)

Calendar   Forthcoming Events and Conferences

E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?
21 February 2013 – London

NISO Virtual Conference: Future Perfect: How Libraries Are Implementing Emerging Technologies
20 February 2013 – Online

Code4Lib conference

11-14 February 2013 –Chicago

NISO Webinar: Metadata for Preservation: A Digital Object's Best Friend

13 February 2013 – Online

Changing the DNA of Scholarly Publishing: The Impact of Born Digital Content on the Scholarly Community Today
6 February 2013 – Online

ARL and libvalue-project launch library value webcast series
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts highlighting results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. Online registration for the LibValue series is now open for six webcasts to be held between February and August 2013. (Association of Subscription Agents & Intermediaries, 2013-1-17)


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