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The evolving role of librarians in India

ORCiD: a primer for librarians

As a librarian, you may be compiling and tracking the research output at your institution. ORCiD, the digital identifier that links a researcher to their work, can help you by ensuring research activities can be easily distinguished and identified.

At Taylor & Francis, ORCiDs can be added to a manuscript as researchers make their online submission, with some of our journals now requesting that lead authors include these as standard.

But what is the role for librarians in promoting the use of ORCiD and how (and why) should you be raising awareness and encouraging their uptake in your institution? Recently published in Medical Reference Services Quarterly is a primer for librarians on ORCiD.

Read the article now and our advice for authors on registering for and including an ORCiD in their online submission.


The evolving role of librarians in India

HEFCE Open Access policy: guidance for researchers publishing with us

April 1st saw the implementation of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) Open Access policy. To ensure published research from UK-based authors is eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework in 2020, journal articles now need to be deposited in an institutional or subject repository as soon after acceptance as possible (and within three months of receiving the acceptance notice from the editorial office).

To ensure researchers who publish in our journals are clear on what action they need to take, we have created a visual guide for you to share. Whether you're publishing in a subscription journal or open access with Taylor & Francis, Routledge or Cogent OA, you can check what you need to do, with which version of your article, and when, using the guide.


The evolving role of librarians in India

Agents of value: the evolving role of librarians in India

Academia is experiencing significant change in technology and research methodology. The role of the librarian in India is transforming to keep up with this digital change.

In a new series of interviews, librarians at several academic libraries in India, including South Asian University, Delhi Technological University; Jawaharlal Nehru University and National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna have spoken to Taylor & Francis about the multi-faceted role of the librarian in India and how this role is undergoing essential changes to continue to meet the needs of library users.

We found it fascinating to hear how the librarian roles are getting redefined to better understand the needs of the millennial library customer while embracing the potential of technology with more diverse - even ‘unconventional’ - skills than before. We are pleased to be able to showcase these as part of the Taylor & Francis Library Voices project, demonstrating the huge contribution libraries in India are adding to global library services.

Read the full article in Research Information.


librarians in India

New interviews explore the changing role of librarians in India

In a series of interviews, librarians at: South Asian University; Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH); Indian Social Institute; Delhi Technological University; Jawaharlal Nehru University and National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna provide their perspectives on the multi-faceted role of the librarian in the evolving digital climate.

Find out how librarians in India are reacting to the new trends in digital librarianship with Library Voices.


Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Routledge launches new digital resource, Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Spanning four key twentieth-century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War, Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953. The material, sourced from The National Archives U.K., enables rich research into intelligence, foreign policy, international relations, and military history in the period of Appeasement, through the Second World War, and into the early Cold War.

All of the material was selected through consultation with the Editorial Board members. Key functionality of the resource includes fully OCR'd documents with browsing and filter options by: Series, Conflict, Theme, Time Period, Regions, Document Types, and Organisations.

A free 30 day trial is available for your library. Please register your interest today.

Read more about the Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War.


Library-publisher collaboration in India

The value of inclusive library-publisher collaboration in India
An excerpt from Shafina Segon's article in Booklink, India

Both libraries and publishers serve users. Both have knowledge dissemination as their main priority. And they both understand that their end user is the reader. OCLC, a global library cooperative, pitches the total number of libraries in India at 337,020. The numbers are definitely representative of the spectrum of readership that awaits content in varied forms.

Anil Kumar, librarian, IIM Ahmedabad says,
"The publishing industry in South Asia has never seen better times. By 2020, India is set to become the world's youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group, and presumably a reading population."

So the question is, where can publishers showcase new books? Can we think of a way in which publishers can join hands with libraries and get allotted spaces to display their titles? NIT Silchar library has invited publishers to take space in their huge library campus and display their bestsellers. The reason, as KC Sathpaty puts it, is to have the advantage of working together towards making the best content available to the reader.



2015 Open Access articles

Open Access: 2015’s newest and most downloaded articles

Over the last year, our open access journals have published innovative research across many different disciplines. Topics have ranged from neuroscience to social research methodology to invasive species. This is just some of the new research that has been most read in our Open and Open Select journals in the last year. You can see the Altmetrics, social media mentions and number of downloads for each article featured.

Read on to learn what the most downloaded Open Access articles published in 2015 were.



Myrna Tabet

'Vibrant and Complex' Research Scene

Taylor & Francis is pleased to sponsor Research Information's first video content for their digital magazine; we've teamed up to talk about scholarly publishing in the Middle East. Watch our video to find out how we work with Middle Eastern librarians and researchers, and read our interview with Myrna Tabet, Head of the Information Literacy Program, Qatar University, on the region's 'vibrant and complex' research scene.

Find our feature in Research Information's Middle East supplement.



Roger Horton Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year to librarians, professors, graduates and other academic researchers all over the world. We hope you have a great Spring Festival! Taylor & Francis Chief Executive Roger Horton has this special message for you. We hope that 2016 is a successful year for you all.



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