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SANLiC Training Task Team: Call for Volunteers/Nominations
In October 2012 the SANLiC Board gathered for a Strategic Planning Meeting to map the way forward for SANLiC. One of the opportunities identified at that meeting was Training as formal a product/service focussing on how SANLiC could play a greater role in the development and training of e-resources staff to ensure their skills match the demands of a rapidly changing environment.
A short discussion session has been included in the SANLiC Workshop Programme to get input from members on this important issue.
As a first step we would like to establish a formal SANLiC Training Task Team to drive this SANLiC capacity building initiative. The Task team will draw up the Terms of Reference for the group and identify the scope of the work/activities and stakeholder involvement as well as short and long term deliverables. We are therefore calling on SANLiC members who are interested in staff training to make themselves available to serve on this team.
Should you be interested in becoming part of the Training Task Team please contact Yvonne by 5 April 2013 and copy your e-mail to Nora Buchanan. The first meeting of this group will be via a teleconference. Volunteers will be contacted in due course about a date for this meeting.
SANLiC Open Access Task Team: Call for Volunteers/Nominations
In October 2012 the SANLiC Board gathered for a Strategic Planning Meeting to map the way forward for SANLiC. One of the opportunities identified at that meeting was Open Access and how SANLiC could integrate OA projects with its current activities and services.
SANLiC has already taken a step towards greater involvement in OA by signing an Expression of Interest in the SCOAP3 Open Access initiative for high energy physics journals and is currently acting as the national contact point for SCOAP3. Several SANLiC members have offered to work with SANLiC to create awareness and ensure that South Africa becomes part of this important international project.
We would however, like to establish a formal SANLiC Open Access Task Team to drive SANLiC OA initiatives. The OA Task Team will draw up the Terms of Reference for the group and identify the scope of the work/activities and stakeholder involvement as well as short and long term deliverables. We are therefore calling on SANLiC members who are interested in OA to make themselves available to serve on this team.
Should you be interested in becoming part of the OA team please contact Yvonne by 5 April 2013. The first meeting of this group will be via a teleconference.
CASE now includes an Elsevier ScienceDirect – Freedom Collection (SANLiC subset).
This was brought about by Maretha Allwright’s persistence and support from the SANLiC Office. Thank you Maretha!
NISC to handle African subscriptions for UNISA Press-Taylor & Francis co-published titles : NISC is pleased to announce that from 2011 they will be handling African subscriptions for UNISA Press-Taylor & Francis co-published titles.
All journals published by NISC and UNISA Press in collaboration with Taylor & Francis are available exclusively to African customers at discounted South African Rand rates. As from 2011, for ease of purchasing, these titles are now all available for purchase through a single portal, NISC. NISC will also be handling the distribution, claims, online activations and general subscriber support for UNISA Press titles ordered through NISC.
For a list of UNISA Press titles that should now be ordered through NISC, please see the attached 2011 pricelist. Please note that price increases on UNISA Press titles are due to extent increases (as indicated on the price list) and the addition of the online format to all subscriptions (including back files to 1997 where available) through Informaworld. Your 2011 renewal invoices will be automatically dispatched over the coming weeks. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact NISC Journal subscriptions:
Please note that Taylor & Francis will continue to handle subscriptions and distribution for customers outside of
For more information about the UNISA Press-Taylor & Francis co-publishing partnership please visit :
The subscriptions and distribution agreement between UNISA Press and NISC represents a beneficial and innovative partnership between two leading South African scholarly and scientific journal publishers.
NISC (Pty) Ltd,
Tel: +27(0)46 622 9698, Fax: +27(0)46 622 9550
Questions and comments can be directed to Felicia Poe, Ivy Anderson, or Jacqueline Wilson at the California Digital Library.
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) : The World Bank made an important announcement today about its new Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), and forthcoming Open Access Policy (that will go into effect on July 1, 2012). This announcement builds on the World Bank’s ongoing Open Development Agenda that includes the Open Data initiative (launched April 2010) and the Access to Information Policy (effective as of July 2010).
The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s new repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, the World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Upon launch, the OKR will contain approximately one-third of the content available in eLibrary (around 2,100 items in total). Journal articles from World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO)will appear in the OKR after an 18 month embargo.
eLibrary will continue to provide access to the full backlist of more than 7,000 ebooks, flagship reports, Policy Research Working Papers, and the latest World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO) journal articles with no embargo period. It remains focused on providing added value for libraries, corporations, and heavy users of World Bank Research.
We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that we are in the process of building a new XML-based version of eLibrary. The new eLibrary will allow users to search across and use content at a more granular level – such as by chapter – with enhanced browsing, faceting, and more. In addition to its current features – such as new content alerts; MARC records; and bookmarking favorites – users will be able to access eLibrary via mobile devices, build custom ebooks from eLibrary content for course packs, and much more. It will incorporate even more time-saving conveniences and tools for users such as improved citation tools and integrated data. We will keep you posted on the progress throughout the year.