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Newsletter n° 64 April 2018




The ISSN International Centre is organizing its international conference “An International Perspective on Open Access in Scholarly Communication: Achievements and Challenges”

On April 26th, 2018, the ISSN International Centre is organizing its International Conference entitled ”An International Perspective on Open Access in Scholarly Communication: Achievements and Challenges”. Attendance is by invitation only.

You will find here the ISSN_PROGRAMME_CONFERENCE_2018.

This conference (in English) will be webcasted live via


ISO TC46 to convene in Lisbon (Portugal) in May 2018

The annual plenary meeting of ISO Technical Committee 46 Information-Documentation will be held at the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon (Portugal) from 14 to 18 May 2018 at the kind invitation of Instituto Português da Qualidade (IPQ). The working group about the revision of ISO 3297 — ISSN will hold two meetings in Lisbon. The Director of the ISSN International Centre, who chairs TC46, will have a meeting with colleagues from ISSN Portugal.


The ISSN International Centre at ABES conference

The ISSN International Centre is invited by the French Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education (ABES) to participate in the annual meeting with SUDOC centres specialized in serial identification and cataloguing. This SUDOC PS annual meeting, organized each year by ABES in Montpellier, will take place on 25 May 2018 during the annual 2-day conference (ABES Days), whose programme is online.

The Head of Data, Network and Standards Department will represent the ISSN International Centre and give a demo of the ISSN portal.

  >> ABES, April 2018  



LOD: Issue 9 of Europeana Tech Features Presentations From Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB) Conference

EuropeanaTech Insight is a multimedia publication about R&D developments by the EuropeanaTech Community. This special issue is dedicated to the SWIB Conference and features articles from FedoraNetwerk Digitaal Erfgoed, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Finnish National Library and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). It’s becoming clearer that LOD is not just being seen as an information specialists tool for experimentation; its true value is being derived from this work enriching user experiences and collection contextualization.

  >> Europeana pro, March 2018  

Updates on Metadata 2020 projects

The first meetings for the Metadata 2020 projects have now taken place. They focused on the breadth and scope of each project, discussing the crossovers with other projects, the potential overlaps and need for synchronization with other metadata-related initiatives in scholarly communications. The projects are described here.

  >> Metadata 2020, April 2018  

Friendly Guide to COUNTER Release 5 for Librarians

Written by Tasha Mellins-Cohen, this guide will help librarians prepare for Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. This publication provides a wealth of information about the new Metrics, Master Reports and Standard Views. It also provides a helpful section which maps the key Release 4 reports to their Release 5 counterparts. You will also find several user scenarios, that come together in a set of COUNTER Release 5 reports.

You can download the guide here in PDF format.

  >> COUNTER, March 2018  



Rethinking the Subscription Paradigm for Journals: Using Interlibrary Loan in Collection Development for Serials

Many librarians evaluate local Interlibrary Loan (ILL) statistics as part of collection development decisions concerning new subscriptions. In this study, the authors examine whether the number of ILL article requests over one academic year can predict the use of those same journal titles once they are added as library resources. An additional study, examining the sources from which patrons made ILL requests, shows that database search results dominate. These results call into question the need for libraries to subscribe to individual journal titles rather than providing access to a broad array of articles.

  >> College & Research Libraries, March 2018  

Putting a price on Europe’s spending on scientific journals

Analysis from a survey, carried out by the European Universities Association (EUA), comes as consortia of institutes revolt over price increases and promote open access across the continent.

  >> The Royal Society of Chemistry, April 2018  

FOLIO Library Services Platform to Benefit from Services Agreement Between EBSCO Information Services and Infoestratégica Latina

A new relationship is established between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Infoestratégica Latina, one of the biggest general library service vendors in Latin America. This agreement will ensure that Latin American libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) will be able to rely on hosting and services support.

  >> EBSCO Information Services, April 2018  

Biblioclastia: Controlled Vocabulary for broadening and deepening the Concept

CAICYT’s institutional project on biblioclastia created a broad definition of the phenomenon of knowledge destruction. Biblioclastia is understood not only as the destruction of books and other media to knowledge, but also as the deprivation of rights of institutions and agents responsible for insuring their preservation and circulation. The proposed definition is explained, and both a methodology and a controlled vocabulary are presented.

The authors, Mela Bosch and Tatiana Carsen, manage the CAICYT- CONICET (Centre for Scientific and Technological Information) in Argentina.

  >> Documentos del Laboratorio de Información de CAICYT, 2017  

ABES to implement the Shared Library Management System for French academic libraries

ABES,  French Higher Education Bibliographic Agency, is currently implementing its Shared Library Management System –aka SGBm–.  In the April issue of Arabesques Journal, professionals elaborate on the evolution of library management systems, the changes in bibliographic data models and the digital transition.

  >> Arabesques n° 89, April 2018 (in French)  

The Power of Library Consortia

Libraries and related organizations coalesce where there are scale advantages: to lobby, to negotiate and license, to reduce costs, or to build shared infrastructure. The sharing of knowledge and innovation that comes from working together is an important reason why these library consortia flourish. Libraries recognize that collective action delivers scale benefits. In this series of 4 blog posts, collaboration for scale is examined in four areas: influence, learning, innovation and capacity.

  >> Lorcan Dempsey's weblog, March and April 2018  

NBK Phase 1 Complete – Join Us for Phase 2!

The National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) is a transformative new national service that will aggregate bibliographic data at scale and link with other data sources.  The universal benefit for libraries to join in with the NBK is to make UK library data much more discoverable wherever users are trying to find print and digital scholarly resources. It will also greatly enhance their ability to manage and develop their collections.  The live NBK beta interface is openly available at:

After a two year development period (alpha and beta phases), JISC is aiming to launch the ‘live’ service in January 2019.

  >> JISC Blog, March 2018  

Scholarly Communication


SciELO launches new Operation Interface for its Collections

In November 2017, the SciELO Program launched a new online interface for the national and thematic collections of the SciELO Network, starting with the Public Health thematic collection <>. By 2019, all SciELO Network collections are expected to be operating with the new interface, which will set up a new stage in the history of the program. This experimental interface marks the 20th anniversary of SciELO. 

  >> SciELO in Perspective, March 2018  

Looking back on UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition

This UKSG event held 9-11 April 2018 was live webcasted, and recorded for online viewing, courtesy of
All plenaries and lightning talks were streamed.  Click here to access the recordings

Breakout Session slides are available on SlideShare.

Read also Leo Appleton’s editorial based entirely on tweets.

  >> UKSG, April 2018  

Myth Busting: Five Commonly Held Misconceptions About RA21 (and One Rumor Confirmed)

RA21 aims to promote a modern, standards-based access management system that preserves patron privacy & control. It is important to dispel some myths about RA21 so we can move on from the outdated world of IP-authentication.

  >> The Scholarly Kitchen, February 2018  

Open Access


Launch of a new Digital Portal to accelerate Research and Innovation in Europe

The EU-funded project eInfraCentral Portal has recently launched the first version of a web platform dedicated to science and research. The purpose is to provide a single entry point through which research communities can search, access and compare a multitude of services provided by e-Infrastructures. This portal has been designed to make life easier for researchers, encourage partnerships across disciplines and countries and encourage European scholarly excellence.

  >> European Commission, April 2018  



OPERAS Conference

TopicOpen Scholarly Communication in Europe. Addressing the Coordination Challenge

The programme is online.


OPERAS Conference, Athens, Greece,31 May - 1 June


Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians Spring meeting 2018

Topic: Journalpalooza: All You Need to Know About Serials But Were Afraid to Ask

The programme is online.

  >> NOTSL Spring meeting 2018, Parma, OH, USA, 27 April 2018  

NASIG 33rd Annual Conference

Topic: Transforming the Information Community

The programme is online.

Registration is open.


  >> NASIG 33rd Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, 8-11 June 2018  

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