Member News & Announcements, December IO 2023

Partnerships & Collaborations

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Selects Silverchair to Host Game-Changing Education Product
Silverchair, Voting Member, Press Release, November 28, 2023

AAO-HNSF sought to enhance its already high standards for education by partnering with Silverchair.  The new product will support residency training program directors with a standardized, unified two-year curriculum covering 100 topics. It also will benefit the global otolaryngology community by helping raise the standard of patient care.

“This new education product will reflect the growing need for personalized education offerings tailored to the needs of modern learners,” said Will Schweitzer, Silverchair CEO. “Silverchair has been actively engaged over the last decade with developing highly-tailored digital education and certification products, helping organizations continue to add value for their members and their medical specialty.

Wolters Kluwer unveils Lippincott Partnership, a complete nursing education curriculum solution ushering in a new era of student learning
Wolters Kluwer, Voting Member, News Announcement, November 9, 2023

Boasting virtual simulation, leading courseware and best-in-class consulting, as well as advanced testing and assessment to meet the needs of nursing schools’ innovative curriculums, Wolters Kluwer Health today announced the launch of Lippincott® Partnership for Nursing Education and Testing. With the integration of NurseTim® / NurseThink® now complete, Wolters Kluwer provides a full curriculum suite of educational products and services for the nation’s leading prelicensure nursing programs.

As new nurses enter the workforce, many of them aren’t sufficiently prepared for real-world patient care. In fact, just 11% of students transitioning to practice were evaluated as practice ready. Compounding the broader challenges of the present nursing shortage, the nursing profession critically needs nursing graduates who enter practice with confidence and well-developed clinical judgment skills.

Enhancing and Expanding Research Services at the Library of Congress
ITHAKA/JStor/Portico, and Library of Congress, Voting Members, Blog Post, November 2, 2023

For nearly 20 years, Ithaka S+R has partnered with libraries to navigate change, measure impact, and better serve their users—with projects including coordinating data support services for researchers and exploring how research libraries can advance their institutions’ strategic priorities

Today, we’re pleased to announce a new project with the Library of Congress that aims to assess how researchers are engaging with the library’s services and collections at the Capitol Hill campus, as well as to expand its reach to new and diverse patrons. Through mixed-methods research, we will collect user experience data to help the library expand and enhance the discoverability, use, and scope of its services.

DEIA Efforts

MSU Libraries works to eliminate harmful language across local and national catalogs
Michigan State University Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, November 14, 2023

The work that MSU Libraries employees are doing to address harmful language within the public catalog and other resource descriptions on campus has been translated to a national level.

The Harmful Language Remediation Working Group (HLRWG) at MSU Libraries formed in fall 2022 with the goal of identifying, assessing and responding to harmful language issues in the MSU Libraries’ descriptive metadata. This metadata comes from national knowledge organization systems and shared description standards including the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The LCC and the LCSH were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and remain two of the most widely used library classification systems and subject headings thesauruses, respectively; the Library of Congress reviews proposals for additions and changes to each regularly.

Measuring Diversity: What We’ve Learned from Our First Benchmarking Exercise
AIP Publishing, LLC, Voting Member, News Announcement, November 9, 2023

In 2020, AIP Publishing formed a DEI Committee, setting out targets for increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our organization and publishing programs. We wanted to ensure all communities are adequately represented in our organization and content; that everyone, regardless of their background, has an equal chance to contribute and be recognized; and that our content would be enriched with a wider range of perspectives, reflecting a more diverse pool of authors, reviewers, and editors.

To that end, our editorial sub-committee, along with our publishing partners, collaborated to embark on a major benchmarking exercise. Soon, we’ll be releasing a report that lays out high-level data encompassing the geography, gender, and ethnicity of our authors, reviewers, board members and editors. It includes all AIP Publishing journals, as well as journals from several partners: Acoustical Society of America (ASA); American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT); The Structural Science Society (ACA); AVS: Science & Technology of Materials Interfaces, and Processing (AVS); and The Society of Rheology (SOR).

Open Access, Open Science

IOP Publishing launches Sustainability Science and Technology – a new interdisciplinary OA journal aimed at fostering a sustainable future
IOP Publishing, Voting Member, Press Release, November 28, 2023

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is launching Sustainability Science and Technology, an interdisciplinary, open access journal dedicated to advancing sustainability through cutting-edge research in science, technology, and engineering. The new journal will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines across engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science and environmental science to address global challenges and contribute to a more sustainable future. 

Sustainability Science and Technology sets itself apart by focussing on the critical importance of sustainable impact. Every paper published in the journal will be required to demonstrate its potential to deliver sustainability benefits, whether environmentally, socially, or economically. This commitment is in line with IOPP’s mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and authors will be encouraged to explicitly reference how their work aligns with relevant SDGs in their abstracts.

University Libraries Open Access Subvention Fund guidelines updated to include cost sharing
Virginia Tech University Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, November 17, 2023

University Libraries Open Access Subvention Fund is available to underwrite article processing charges (APCs) for scholarly peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication in open access (OA) journals.

The OA journal's publisher must be a member of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or comply with a similar Code of Conduct. OA journals should be registered in an open access directory such as the Directory of Open Access Journals or Sherpa/Romeo.

Latest TA from Springer Nature sees Open Access momentum build across East Asia
Springer Nature, Voting Member, Press Release, November 1, 2023

Springer Nature has agreed its first transformative agreement (TA) in South Korea with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), supporting over 11,000 affiliated researchers to publish OA at no cost to them, and benefit from the positive impact OA has on research usage and reach.

The TA marks the first for the publisher in South Korea and the first TA for KAIST with any publisher. Alongside the publisher's recent agreements across Asia and the US, this latest TA continues to signal the growing demand, momentum and growth of OA impact outside of Europe.

Product Innovation

CCC Adds Clinical Trial Registries to RightFind Navigate Data Sources
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), Voting Member, Press Release, November 7, 2023

CCC, a pioneer in voluntary collective licensing, advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces Clinical Trial Registries, a new data connector for customers of the cloud-based software solution RightFind Navigate. The new data connector provides access to aggregated data from seven global clinical trial registries within a single personalized discovery tool that enables knowledge workers to find the latest clinical trial data alongside other critical content.

RightFind Navigate customers already find information about U.S. clinical trials through the connector to The new connector expands users’ access to this data from around the world

Industry Leadership

Exclusive: University Librarian Trevor A Dawes on his career and the future of Morris Library
University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, Voting Member, Featured Article, November 6, 2023

What students often picture as a study spot or place to gather information, May Morris University Librarian Trevor A. Dawes views as much more.

After working in a library as an undergraduate, Dawes was sure that librarianship was the path for him. He found fulfillment in helping visitors and later realized that his passion for diversity, equity and inclusion connected seamlessly with his newfound career.

Financials, Mergers & Acquisitions

Academic Partnerships Announces Acquisition of Wiley University Services
Wiley, Voting Member, Press Release, November 14, 2023

Academic Partnerships (“AP”), a company that assists primarily regional public universities in expanding access and impact by supporting their online programs, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wiley University Services, a line of business owned by Wiley (NYSE: WLY). The combined company will support over 125 colleges and universities in 40 U.S. states and internationally.

“Across the globe, there is growing demand for high-quality, affordable online degree programs in workforce-relevant fields,” said Fernando Bleichmar, Chief Executive Officer of AP. “Bringing together AP and Wiley University Services will better enable the combined company to help universities meet students where they are with high-quality, timely online education in our rapidly changing world. The combined company will have the resources and expertise to provide best-in-class services to our university partners and their students from diverse backgrounds, including working adults and professionals."

Grants & Awards

First North American authors awarded IOP Publishing’s ‘Top-Cited Paper Awards’
IOP Publishing, Voting Member, News Announcement, November 15, 2023

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is celebrating the significance of North American research with its ‘top-cited paper awards’. For the first time, the awards are presented to corresponding authors from North America who are in the top one per cent of the most-cited articles published within IOPP’s portfolio of journals in the last three years.  

Together, nearly 130 articles from North American authors received over 15400 citations. The single most cited paper from this region, which studies Astronomy and Astrophysics received 795 citations in total. 

Data Conversion Laboratory Wins KMWorld Readers’ Choice Award in the Text Analytics Category
Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), Voting Member, Press Release, November 6, 2023

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, today announces that it has been honored with the 2023 KMWorld Readers' Choice Award for "Best Text Analytics." The annual award identifies innovative products and services that businesses depend on for continued success.

The speed at which knowledge management (KM) tools, products, and services have proliferated, altered, diversified, and evolved just over the past year is astonishing. Innovative and dependable solutions to KM challenges are exemplified by the winners of the prestigious KMWorld Readers’ Choice Awards.

National Archives to Award $2 Million for Historical Records Projects
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Voting Member, Press Release, November 29, 2023

Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan approved 27 proposals totaling $2,009,467 in National Archives awards for projects in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out with the advice and recommendations of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  A complete list is available online.

In partnership with state historical records advisory boards, the National Archives awarded $795,632 for 17 State Board grants to carry out programs that assist smaller archives, provide workshops and educational tools, and provide statewide archival services. Two grants totaling $125,000 went to Archives Collaboratives. Utah Valley University was awarded a Major Archives Collaborative grant of $350,000 for its Center for Constitutional Studies to partner with the Quill Project at Oxford University to expand its undergraduate‐led digital modeling of state constitutional conventions.