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Taylor & Francis hosts social media focus groups

Taylor & Francis hosted three focus groups on the use of social media in the library.

The first focus group took place at the India International Centre on 13th June. Many librarians felt that it was important to have a social media policy across all universities and that it should be made a part of the LIS curriculum. The attendees agreed to the need of specialized training to handle social media better and that having a social media expert in libraries would become imperative in the future.

Social Media Focus Group

The UK event took place at the University of Sussex on 23rd June. Key topics discussed included trends of social media in the library community, social media as a teaching tool, measurability and the future of social media.

The final focus group takes place in the Taylor & Francis Philadelphia office on 10th July.

Comments from each focus group will help to inform the white paper, which will analyse the challenges and opportunities presented by social media as a communication tool in the library.

Taylor & Francis participates in NACLIS 2014

Taylor & Francis participated in the National Conference on Library and Information Studies (NACLIS 2014) in Sri Lanka, Colombo on 18-21 June. The theme of the conference was 'Addressing future LIS challenges: through technology, innovation and research'. The two day conference saw participation from over 300 delegates across Sri Lanka.

Senior delegates and the key note speaker stepped forward to launch the second issue of Ignite. The issue features an interview with the co-ordinator for the Sri Lanka Consortium, a newly formed consortium that promises to reach out to its 15 universities with cutting-edge research from global publishers.

What are authors' attitudes to open access publishing in 2014?

At the beginning of 2014 Taylor & Francis asked authors to respond to a survey on open access. The survey asked authors a series of questions on their perceptions of open access; their attitudes, values and understanding of it; and what they believe the future of research to be.

The report offers some intriguing shifts in opinions, with responses from the 2014 survey placed next to those from 2013 to show how views have changed, and to what degree.

You can read the results of the 2014 survey here.

We'd love to hear your views on these findings. Tweet us @TandFOpen using #oasurvey2014

Twitter Party: Social Media in the Library

Taylor & Francis hosted a Twitter Party to discover how librarians use social media in the library and how they believe it will develop in the future. The findings from the Twitter Party will be consolidated with findings from focus groups and an online survey to inform the Taylor & Francis White Paper on the use of social media in the library.

Read the 'story' of the Twitter Party, created in celebration of Social Media Day.

Read a summary of the key findings.

Taylor & Francis Group LLC acquires Landes Bioscience

Taylor & Francis Group has acquired Austin TX-based publisher Landes Bioscience Inc (LBI). LBI's list of 50 journal titles cover a range of topics, including genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and biomedicine.

Kevin Bradley, President US Journals at Taylor & Francis says of the acquisition, “The Landes Bioscience publishing program covers an exciting range of specialist titles, many of which are focused on emerging areas of research. We look forward to welcoming the editors to their new home, where they will see their titles continue to flourish and to reach a wide audience via our extensive distribution networks and leading online platform."

Further information about Landes Bioscience

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