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Message from the NFAIS Executive Director:

Marcie Granahan,
NFAIS Executive Director
On the eve of the STM Annual Conference last month (and release of its STM Tech Trends 2015 report), NFAIS asked its members what issues they wanted to delve deeper into for the year ahead. Your top three responses were 1) emerging technologies, 2) the user experience, and 3) data discovery. If you haven’t taken our online survey, we still want to hear from you! The survey closes on Monday, May 11, so click here today.

Since the scientific, technical and medical fields are often viewed as the early adopters and leaders in scholarly communication, this week’s NFAIS Advances includes two STM articles — “Emerging from the STM Meeting: 2015 Top Tech Trends” by Jill O’Neill posted in The Scholarly Kitchen, and “STM’s Hot Button Issues: Open Access, Data and Social Media.” You’ll also want to read “Certain interactive tools click with web users” about the user experience. Be sure to join the discussion in the NFAIS Advances Community Forum, where I ask what are your unmet needs in regard to technology’s impact on scholarly communication. For a deeper immersion in today’s issues, check out our upcoming webinar, Thursday, May 21, Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution.

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  • Inside NFAIS
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  • NFAIS Career Center
  • Members on the Move


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    The next frontier: Federal librarians and data
    Information Today, Inc.
    Data is a mainstream topic for librarians today. The term “Big Data” is popular at conferences, and academic libraries are increasingly taking a role in managing data produced by researchers. The challenges and opportunities of managing data are impacting librarians in the U.S. federal government. In all kinds of government agencies, li brarians are taking on roles that support both researchers within their agencies and public users of the data that the agencies create.
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    Certain interactive tools click with Web users
    Penn State News
    Before Web developers add the newest bells and the latest whistles to their website designs, a team of researchers suggests they zoom in on the tools that click with the right users and for the right tasks. "When designers create sites, they have to make decisions on what tools and features they use and where they put them, which takes a lot of planning," said S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.
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    Emerging from the STM Meeting: 2015 Top Tech Trends
    The Scholarly Kitchen
    Recently at its Annual Conference in Washington DC, the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) released their 2015 Tech Trends, the result of an exercise held during STM Week in London last December. Gathering together representatives of 26 organizations, the STM organizers asked these individuals to identify the top 3 technological trends they saw impacting their organization’s publishing activities over the next three to five years
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    STM's hot button issues: Open access, data and social media
    Publishing Perspectives
    Trends and new approaches that are reinvigorating science, technical and medical publishing were explored last week at the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers’ (STM) three-day Annual U.S. Conference 2015 in Washington, D.C. Setting an inspiring tone for the conference, Jeff Beale, scholarly communications librarian at University of Colorado, Denver, lambasted Open Access in his keynote address on the first day.
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    Yahoo Answers is not research, or how 2 startups are fighting for the future of knowledge
    TechCrunch
    We’re told never to forget the ultimate laziness of humans, but when it comes to research in the internet age, sometimes that laziness can shock even the most prepared of minds. Students in grade school have grown accustomed to “remixing” internet sources to create their research reports, copying a line from here and a line from there into a massive kludge of plagiarism often bereft of a single original thought.
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    New gold standard for open access reproducible research
    Science Codex
    A group of Cambridge computer scientists have set a new gold standard for openness and reproducibility in research by sharing the more than 200GB of data and 20,000 lines of code behind their latest results - an unprecedented degree of openness in a peer-reviewed publication. The researchers hope that this new gold standard will be adopted by other fields, increasing the reliability of research results, especially for work which is publicly funded.
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    EBSCO launches newsletter builder to streamline corporate workflows
    NFAIS
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the availability of its newsletter builder tool that lets corporate librarians and information professionals share information with stakeholders across their organizations via customized e-newsletters. EBSCO Newsletter Builder enables professionals in corporations of all sizes to find focused content from known sources and share it with colleagues easily.
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    Open access transition easier through OLH/Jisc agreement
    Research Information
    Humanities scholars can now benefit from a collaborative open access consortium agreement which means that authors won’t have to pay to make their research open access. The publishing model – the first of its type in the U.K. – is being offered by Open Library of Humanities (OLH) following negotiations with Jisc, the charity that offers digital solutions to U.K. education and research.
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    Report from the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) 57th Annual Meeting, February 2015
    NASIG Newsletter
    Even though the National Federation of Science Abstracting & Indexing Services (NFAIS) was founded in 1958, many librarians many not be acquainted with this organization. The NFAIS annual meeting is more intimate than the Charleston Conference, but not entirely dissimilar in tone and goal, as it serves as the place where primary and secondary publishers come together for candid conversations about content, technology, usability, business models, and strategies for staying relevant in the noisy world of scholarly information.
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    Elsevier announces the launch of multidisciplinary open-access journal: One Health
    Phys.Org
    Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced the launch of a new open access journal: One Health. The journal is the Official Journal of the One Health Platform, an international forum that promotes a cross-sectoral and collaborative approach to one health issues, bringing together leading experts from a multitude of research areas.
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    ACRL 2015: A breath of fresh air
    Library Journal
    The Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, March 25–28, was by all accounts an upbeat event. Academic librarians may be thinking seriously about the future, but for a few temperate and surprisingly sunny days at the Oregon Convention Center—as well as online, for those taking advantage of the virtual conference—everyone involved seemed to be feeling positive about the present as well.
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    It takes a university to build a library
    Inside Higher Ed
    What happens to academic libraries as they slide sideways into a new world of superabundant information? What happens to their colleges and universities? The process of change is not easy. Inside Higher Ed has described recent campus conflicts regarding the future of academic libraries. Carl Straumsheim ("Clash in the Stacks") reported that several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs. However, tensions about changing libraries are not restricted to one type of institution.
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    PLOS ONE ousts reviewer, editor after sexist peer-review storm
    ScienceNOW
    The journal PLOS ONE announced today that it is has "removed" a reviewer whose remarks about a manuscript by two female researchers caused an uproar earlier this week. "[W]e have removed the referee from our reviewer database," wrote Damian Pattinson, PLOS ONE’s editorial director, in a Web posting.
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    INSIDE NFAIS


    Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution
    NFAIS
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST)

    As the information community prepares for several upcoming conferences, including the annual meetings of the Special Libraries Association and the American Library Association, it’s a great time to review and reflect on the most important content and publishing issues affecting the information community today.

    Join us (register yourself and bring a group of your colleagues together) for this special virtual roundtable featuring NFAIS’s Jill O’Neill and Cynthia Hill, Manager, Research Library and Bank Archives, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Reynold Guida, Director, Product Management, IEEE. Jill O’Neill will present and lead a vibrant discussion with Cynthia and Reynold that will be of interest to researchers, content providers, publishers and librarians.
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    NFAIS EVENTS


    Upcoming events
    Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EDT)

    NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference
    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 1 p.m. - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 2 p.m.

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    NFAIS CAREER CENTER

    Engineering Librarian University of Florida/George A. Smathers Libraries Gainesville, Florida
    Digital Publications Coordinator American Physiological Society Bethesda, Maryland
    Criteo:Senior Data Scientist Machine Learning Criteo Palo Alto, Paris, France
    Data Management Librarian University of Florida Gainesville, Florida

    The NFAIS Career Center is the premier one-stop place for employers and job-seekers in the information services field to make the right connections. Click here to view all job opportunities or to post an open position.


    MEMBERS ON THE MOVE


    The Optical Society hires Chief of External Relations and prepares to celebrate centennial year in 2016
    NFAIS
    The Optical Society (OSA) welcomes Tracy Schario, APR, as the Chief External Relations Officer of the leading international association for optics and photonics professionals. Schario provides strategic direction on government relations, public relations and institutional brand; manages its ongoing public relations programs for OSA’s scientific journals, international conferences and trade shows and the society’s STEM education outreach and advocacy efforts and will support the society’s centennial programs in 201
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