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“Technology to the Rescue”

A recent Ithaka issues brief authored by Deanna Marcum, “Technology to the Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges?,” offers an abbreviated look at a study’s findings on how public flagships are addressing the need to increase access to education, contain costs, improve student learning outcomes, and increase institutional efficiency.

EBSCO Content Open to Third-Party Discovery Services

As academic libraries commit more of their budgets to digital resources and as students and faculty continue to arrive from a Google universe, single-box, Google-like discovery services have become more important. Content not retrievable through those user-friendly discovery routes may even become difficult to justify from a curricular standpoint. Librarians have become more vocal in urging library vendors to connect their content to whatever discovery system they have chosen. EBSCO Information Services has at last opened up its metadata and, if contractually possible, most of its full-text content to outside discovery services. Libraries that license EBSCO databases and digital archives can expect to continue to use discovery services such as ProQuest’s Summon and Ex Libris Group’s Primo Central Index and have them reach major databases licensed from EBSCO. The EBSCO open policy for data sharing will cover some 129 databases, 70 digital archives, and 550,000 e-books. The titles of specific databases covered appear at and

“Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care”

Conversations about health care costs in the United States continue to dominate the public sphere. “Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Options to Decrease Spending and Increase Value,” published by the RAND Corporation, offers some additional insight into this thorny topic. The downloadable 130-page report issued in spring 2014 includes an abstract and key findings.

Improvements to Library of Congress Cataloger’s Desktop

The Library of Congress will introduce enhancements to its Cataloger’s Desktop service that will be available in September 2014. The enhancements will help catalogers find and use Cataloger’s Desktop resources more easily through a simpler user interface, expanded search and navigation, and improved help and training. Cataloger’s Desktop enables catalogers and metadata specialists to be more productive by bringing together the most useful and varied array of catalogs, cataloging rules, markup standards, and manuals into a single search environment. Cataloger’s Desktop is a cost-effective tool that helps catalogers maintain a high level of quality service to their libraries.

New Digitized Collection of Governance Documents from AAMC Archives

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released a new collection of historical documents featuring meeting materials, publications, and other resources from the association’s five governing bodies. These serve as important primary source materials for AAMC members and researchers interested in the history of medical education in the United States and Canada. Making these materials more easily accessible to the public will help shed light on the AAMC’s long and intense involvement with the development of modern-day medical education.

EBSCO Medical E-Book Collections

EBSCO Information Services rolled out three new Medical Featured Collections on its EBSCO e-books and audiobooks platform that libraries can purchase individually or as a collection: Doody’s Core Titles 2014 Frontlist, Doody’s 4- and 5-Star Reviewed Titles 2014, and American Journal of Nursing 2013 Books of the Year.

New Science Webcast: Translational Medicine: Advancing from Bench to Bedside

The Library of Congress celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure with a panel discussion that included Nobel Laureate James D. Watson (who in collaboration with several other scientists, discovered the structure of DNA), Nobel Laureate Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Elliott Crooke of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Orla Smith, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine, moderated the panel. The discussion focused on translational medicine, which takes basic scientific discoveries in the laboratory (bench) and uses it in the field (bedside) to produce new drugs, devices, and treatment options for cancer and other diseases. The biological processes brought about by understanding the structure of DNA have been opening doors to new medical research and treatments since 1953. This video can also be viewed on the library’s YouTube channel, Topics in Science playlist.

Innovative Acquisition of VTLS

Innovative will give customers a new level of product development and support with its acquisition of library automation solutions provider VTLS. VTLS’s Virtua, VITAL, Chamo, and other products will be rebranded to include VTLS in their names, and Innovative will incorporate VTLS’s consulting and support expertise into its own corporate resources.

Library of Congress’s Recommended Formats for Long-Term Preservation

The Library of Congress has released a set of recommended formats for a broad spectrum of creative works, ranging from books to digital music, to inform the library’s acquisition practices. The format recommendations will help ensure the library’s collections processes are considering and maximizing the long-term preservation potential of its large and varied collections. The recommended formats can be viewed and cover six categories of creative output: textual works and musical compositions, still image works, audio works, moving image works, software and electronic gaming and learning, and datasets/databases.

Pivio System July 1 Launch

The Pivio system is an online, lifelong learning and career documentation tool developed jointly by the Association of American Medical Colleges and National Board of Medical Examiners. It is designed to help individuals document and track their educational and experiential information needed to succeed in transitioning to the next phase of their career—from premed studies through clinical practice. A single resource for storing, retrieving, and sharing vital information and records, the Pivio platform will be offered as an annual paid subscription for individuals.