Commercial digest (3 messages) Bob Persing 17 Oct 2008 20:10 UTC
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Contact information for the SERIALST moderators is at: http://www.uvm.edu/~bmaclenn/serialst.html#contacts This week's digest contains 3 messages: 1) EEGS Publications Join SEG Digital Library on Scitation Platform 2) The Geological Society of London adds further journals to The Lyell Collection 3) Some Results from Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks ---------- Message 1: Subject: EEGS Publications Join SEG Digital Library on Scitation Platform From:"Lori Carlin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date:Fri, 10 Oct 2008 16:21:54 -0400 Please excuse cross-posting Partnership of Two Leading Geophysical Societies Expands Research Available to their Members and Other Subscribers DENVER, October 8, 2008 -The complete journal and proceedings archives of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society have been added to the SEG Digital Library (www.segdl.org ( http://www.segdl.org/ )), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ publications portal on the Scitation platform operated by the American Institute of Physics. All 13 volumes of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics and all 21 annual proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems are available within the EEGS Research Collection (www.segdl.org/eegsrc). “Near-surface geophysics is a field of increasing importance, with a growing range of engineering, environmental, and resource applications,” said Jonathan E. Nyquist, recently elected as EEGS president. “By putting JEEG and the SAGEEP Proceedings online within the SEG Digital Library, EEGS is giving the work of its member scientists exposure in the broader community of applied geophysicists and with researchers and practitioners in many other disciplines.” The complete JEEG and SAGEEP Proceedings archives are online thanks to a partnership between EEGS and SEG. In the SEG Digital Library, the EEGS Research Collection shares an interface and search engines with the SEG Research Collection (www.segdl.org/segrc), which includes Geophysics, The Leading Edge, the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, and the online version of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition. The EEGS publications have been added to the Digital Cumulative Index, SEG’s bibliographic database of applied geophysics literature published by five geoscience societies. “With EEGS publications, the SEG Digital Library has improved its coverage of geophysical applications in such areas as water resources, fault mapping, groundwater cleanup, and unexploded ordinance,” said Fred Aminzadeh, SEG president. “Our alliance with EEGS will facilitate more technical innovation across the geophysics community.” EEGS members are gaining access to full-text articles in the EEGS Research Collection plus the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts. SEG members are gaining access to the EEGS Research Collection in addition to the SEG Research Collection access they already enjoy. Institutions subscribing to JEEG in print have gained access to the online EEGS Research Collection for the duration of 2008 and will have the opportunity to add continuing access for 2009. Institutions subscribing to SEG publications have obtained access to the EEGS Research Collection for the remainder of 2008 and can maintain that level of access with an upgraded subscription for 2009. “We are pleased to add EEGS publications to the Scitation platform, which is heavily used by researchers worldwide and where they will have a natural online home with a wide range of other engineering and physical science content,” said Darlene Walters, AIP senior vice president, publishing. Subscriptions to EEGS and SEG publications are available through AIP’s Circulation and Fulfillment Service at +1-800-334-6908, +1-516-576-2270, or email@example.com. Rates are available at http://seg.org/publications/subscriptions. The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) is an applied science organization founded in 1992 with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. EEGS promotes the application of geophysics to environmental and engineering problems primarily through its publications and its annual meeting (SAGEEP). The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), founded in 1930 with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the world's largest professional applied geophysics society, with more than 30,000 members in 130 countries. SEG promotes the science of geophysics and the education of a wide range of geoscientists. The society fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. The society fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web sites, and educational programs. The American Institute of Physics (AIP), founded in 1931, is a not-for-profit membership corporation created for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving its ten member societies, by serving individual scientists, and by serving students and the general public. AIP provides a spectrum of services and programs devoted to advancing the science and profession of physics. A pioneer in digital publishing, AIP is also one of the world’s largest publishers of physics journals and produces the publications of more than 25 scientific and engineering societies. CONTACTS Jackie Jacoby, JEEG/FastTIMES Coordinator, EEGS firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 531-7517, Ext. 308 Ted Bakamjian, Director, Publications, SEG email@example.com, (918) 497-5506 Rich Kobel, Director, Publishing Services Sales, AIP firstname.lastname@example.org, (800) PUB-4STM, (516) 576-2447 ---------- Message 2: Subject: The Geological Society of London adds further journals to The Lyell Collection From: amy williams <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:40:54 +0100 Dear colleagues, I thought you might be interested in a major release of new content within the Lyell Collection, which is the Geological Society of London's collection of Earth science literature. The new content spans centuries, from the historic Transactions of the Geological Society of London (the Society's first publication, which will be added to the Lyell Collection in November) to its most recently-launched journal, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (which was added to the Collection in September). By opening up, juxtaposing and digitally enhancing content from the foundations of geology right through to its current front line, the Society hopes to help researchers uncover past trends, to identify parallels with current scenarios and to inform and shape future understanding at this critical period of our planet's evolution. The new content brings the total number of articles in the Lyell Collection to over 15,000. Institutions can license the Collection by annual subscription; for further information, including prices and how to order, please visit www.geolsoc.org.uk/lyellcollection. The Collection itself can be found at www.lyellcollection.org Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Neal Marriot Director of Publishing Geological Society Publishing House T +44 1225 445046 E firstname.lastname@example.org ---------- Message 3: Subject: Some REsults from Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks From: James Moses <primarydat@AOL.COM> Date:Thu, 16 Oct 2008 09:13:23 -0400 Primary Research Group has published Academic Library Cataloging Practices Benchmarks (ISBN 1-57440-106-8). This 254 page report presents data from a survey of the cataloging practices of approximately 80 North American academic libraries. In more than 630 tables of data and related commentary from participating librarians and our analysts, the report gives a broad overview of academic library cataloging practices related to outsourcing, selection and deployment of personnel, salaries, the state of continuing education in cataloging, and much more. Survey participants also discuss how they define the catalogers’ range of responsibilities, how they train their catalogers, how they assess cataloging quality, whether they use cataloging quotas or other measures to spur productivity, what software and other cataloging technology they use and why, and how they make outsourcing decisions and more. Data is broken out by size and type of college and for public and private colleges. Just a few of the reports many findings are presented below: • More than 70% of the libraries in the sample say that their catalogers have salary levels that are comparable to those of public service librarians at their institutions. • About 27.3% of the survey participants routinely use paraprofessional staff for original cataloging. Public colleges were more than three times more likely than private colleges to use paraprofessionals for original cataloging, and larger colleges were more than twice as likely as smaller ones to do so. • 41.56% of the libraries in the sample outsource authority control, obtaining new and updated authority records. • About 15.6% of the libraries in the sample outsource the cataloging of e-journals; close to 28% of research universities do so. • 20.78% of libraries in the sample use MarcEdit or other MARC editor to preview records and globally edit to local standards prior to loading. • 29.7% of the libraries in the sample have technical services areas that track turnaround time from Acquisitions receipt to Cataloging to shelf-ready distribution. • About 24.7% of the libraries in the sample use paraprofessional support staff for master bibliographic record enrichment in OCLC. Most of those doing so were public colleges and offered beyond the B.A. degree. • Authority control experience was considered a very important criterion for hiring by only 8.11% of survey participants, while a bit more than 35% considered it important. 21.62% considered authority control experience not so important as a hiring criterion. • The mean number of librarians in mostly cataloging functions that are likely to retire over the next five years was a mean of only 0.27. The figure was nearly 0.6 for colleges with more than 10,000 students. • Only 11.27% of survey participants said that recent hires were well prepared in subject genre/thesauri systems, and close to 24% said that they were prepared. For further information go to our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com.