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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.

Read Graham Walton's blog post

Digital Research Practices: The Real User Experience

A significant (and time consuming) portion of any research project is devoted to finding, reading, and referencing literature which is relevant to your activities. But particularly for those at the start of their career where do they start? How do they build the skills and knowledge to do this effectively? In a digital world, with a seemingly endless array of options for where and how to search online, how do you go from browsing to filtering so you get the information you need? That's the question Loughborough University and Taylor & Francis are looking to explore over the next six months, as PhD students keep diaries of their online research activities and take part in a focus group, to offer a bird's eye view of the challenges and opportunities for researchers today.

Read Graham Walton's blog post.

2015 News Archive

Decembers Library Lantern issue is available now

December's Library Lantern issue is available now!

Our final Library Lantern issue of 2015 is now available for you to enjoy. In this issue, the Taylor & Francis team shares our tales from our travels across the globe.

You can also learn about our new Medical Archive, read our thoughts on the world post-OA, and explore exceptional year-end offers. And don't forget to check out our brand new white paper on peer review.

Read Issue 16.

Interactive Digital Library Event

The Evolving Librarian: Trends, Challenges, New Environment & Partnerships
The Taylor & Francis Interactive Digital Library Event

For the first time, Taylor & Francis India hosted two back-to-back roadshows, in the east (Kolkata), and the south (Hyderabad). 92 librarians attended the Kolkata event, while 110 librarians attended the Hyderabad roadshow. We discussed many topics during the full-day events, including open access, digitization, the evolving librarian, and the partnership between librarians and publishers.

We would like to thank our guests of honour:

  • Dr B Sutradhar, Librarian, IIT Kharagpur
  • Dr Kishor Satpathy, Librarian, NIT Silchar
  • Dr K Nageswara Rao, Head, Knowledge Centre, DRDL
  • Dr S Venkadesan, Indian School of Business
  • Dr Konnur, VTU Consortium

The roadshows gave us the opportunity to hear from librarians across the country, who provided an insight into their roles and how they see their roles developing in the future.

Peer review under the spotlight

Putting peer review under the spotlight: read our latest white paper

What do today's researchers think is the purpose of peer review, and how is reality matching up to expectation? How prevalent are ethical issues in peer review? How comfortable (or not) are researchers with different peer review models? We asked the global research community all this and more in Peer review in 2015: a global view, our latest white paper.

Available now to read, Peer review in 2015: a global view gathers opinions from those who author research articles, those who review them, and the journal editors who oversee the process, and is one of the largest research studies into peer review in recent years. Read the white paper now and explore the data on our Author Services website.

New librarians page for the Middle East

Are you a librarian in the Middle East? Visit our new page!

We're pleased to share our brand new librarians' page dedicated to the Middle Eastern region.

Visit today to:

  • Watch our new video highlighting library trends in the Middle East and showcasing how we support the library community in the region
  • Read our write-up of our attendance at the 2015 Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter
  • Share a wealth of content from Middle Eastern researchers with your end users, free to view until the end of 2015

Discover how Taylor & Francis supports the library community in the Middle East. Check back to the page regularly for the latest Taylor & Francis regional news.

Getting Published in the Digital Age

Getting Published in the Digital Age

Taylor & Francis, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), organized a knowledge-sharing session on Getting Published in the Digital Age on 24 September 2015.

The session was opened by Mr B. Ganapathy, Librarian of EDI, who briefly introduced the contents of the session and the speakers - Gerald Dorey, Associate Editorial Director, Journals, and Anindita Pandey, Regional Publishing Manager, Journals - South Asia. It saw an enthusiastic participation from over 30 faculty members and research scholars.

Vicky Gardner

The new norm: thoughts on the world, post-OA

Vicky Gardner, Open Access Publisher at Taylor & Francis, discusses the global open access landscape and the future of scholarly communication.

Since 2012 open access (OA) has been in overdrive. The UK catalysed developments with the commissioning and publication of the so-called 'Finch' report on publication and accessibility of research.

It has now arguably passed the baton on to the Netherlands, the first nation to clearly articulate its vision, by 2024, of publishing all of its research outputs on a Gold OA basis.

The rest of the world is engaging with OA in some form or other, though policies predominantly focus on Green OA (archiving articles in repositories following their publication in subscription journals). Nonetheless there is a clear direction of travel, and the future looks set to be Open.

What next then, for scholarly communication? Read the full article via Research Information.

ADINET National Librarians Day

ADINET, the Ahmedabad Library Network celebrated National Librarians' Day with Taylor & Francis

ADINET is the information network of libraries in Gujarat, with 2,079 libraries registered under the association. National Librarians' Day is a one day conference, celebrating the birth anniversary of S. R. Ranganathan, an Indian mathematician and librarian who devised the five laws of library sciences. The event was held at Nirma University on 22nd August 2015, with 400 librarians from across Gujarat. The theme of the conference was 'Library as a Learning Space - Role and Relevance of Libraries in the Future'.

The day was full of activities hosted by Taylor & Francis, including the launch of the 'Special Librarian Day' issue of the Ignite Newsletter and a presentation on 'YouTube in Academic Libraries'. This was followed by a session of question-answers and brainstorming, where participants discussed how their libraries used social media and if they could potentially use YouTube and its channels, such as YouTube Edu, as strong learning aids creating a digital space in the library.

Dr. Harish Padh, Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University and Chief Guest said that he was 'very happy that a publisher of such repute had thought of investing in Librarian intervention through participation in an event such as Librarians' day. It speaks volumes about how important their customers are to the company.'

Author Services website

New academic year, new Library Lantern issue!

In our September issue of the Library Lantern, you can read our report on the Taylor & Francis Italy roadshow, 'The Future of Librarianship', and watch our video on guiding researchers as they look to get published. We also have exciting news to share about Routledge Handbooks Online, and congratulate some of our award-winning authors.

We want to hear from you! How do you engage students in your library? Read September's Library Lantern issue today to get involved!

Author Services website

Supporting authors: discover our re-launched Author Services website

Do you work with researchers who are looking for advice on how to publish in a journal? We know librarians are often a key source of information and advice for researchers based at their institution on how to get published, fielding queries on everything from how to choose the right journal for a particular paper to open access publishing.

Taylor & Francis works with librarians around the world to ensure, as a publisher, we offer the right kind of resources and support to help them in answering these queries, and, in order to try and meet this need, we are re-launching our Author Services website, with new resources for all researchers looking to publish a journal article.

While some of the areas covered are aimed specifically at researchers looking to publish in a Taylor & Francis or Routledge journal, there is also much which will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the journal publishing process, and what to expect as they move through it. The style and content of the site has been developed with the input of researchers from around the world, whose comments and advice have been invaluable in shaping the site to ensure it addresses the needs of the global author community we work with.

Discover authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com.

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Informa Healthcare journals - now available on Taylor & Francis Online

If you subscribe to Informa Healthcare journals, you can now access them on Taylor & Francis Online. You should already have received emails from us with details about how to activate your access to these journals on their new platform.

We are dual hosting during August and, from 1st September, the Informa Healthcare platform will redirect to Taylor & Francis Online. We've put together a handy FAQ to help you through the transition. We have also put together a map of the old and new URLs for the journals that are moving, which you can access here. If you have any questions our support desk is on hand to help at support@tandfonline.com.

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Taylor & Francis Library Roadshow in Italy

In June 2015 the Taylor & Francis team visited Rome and Turin to meet with librarians and deliver two roadshow events. These events provided a forum for discussion amongst librarians from different institutions, to share experiences and establish what challenges they face and how they see their roles evolving in the coming years.

The theme of these events was 'The Future of Librarianship' and interactive sessions throughout the day focussed on key topics including the emergence of open access publishing, eBooks and how to use social media to promote your library and engage with patrons.

Librarians attended from a variety of institutions including:
- American Academy in Rome
- Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria
- Ministero dei beni e dele attività culturali e del turismo
- Politecnico di Torino
- Università di Roma Sapienza
- Università di Torino

Many thanks goes out to our presenters:
Alessandra Zorzi, Direttore presso Biblioteca di Area Scientifica, Universita' Ca' Foscari Venezia
Dr Ezio Tarantino, SBS Sistema Bibliotecario Sapienza, Sapienza Università di Roma
Dr Elena Giglia, Information Specialist, University of Turin

If you are interested in organizing a library roadshow in you region, please get in touch at kate.shanahan@informa.com.

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Maney Publishing joins Taylor & Francis Group

Oxford, 22nd June 2015

Taylor & Francis Group has acquired Maney Publishing. Maney's high-quality portfolio consists of scholarly journals in Materials Science and Engineering, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences. Maney's book series will also be joining Taylor & Francis Group.

Taylor & Francis Group is now working to ensure a smooth transition for Maney's books and journals, and will keep all partners and customers fully briefed as plans develop.

Leon Heward-Mills, Global Journals Publishing Director, comments. "We are looking forward to integrating Maney's journals into the wider Taylor & Francis Group portfolio. Many of Maney's titles are published in partnership with societies, universities, and institutes and we are especially keen to welcome these new partners."

More information about Maney Publishing is available here: http://www.maneyonline.com/

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Supporting the Library Community in the Middle East

Taylor & Francis were proud to attend the 21st Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Special Libraries Association, Arabian Gulf Chapter in March 2015.

This conference brought together library stakeholders from across the Arabian Gulf, the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, and took place at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Read the transcript

The conference theme, "The Internet and Positive Change for Librarians and Information Professionals: Creating Real Future Impact", stimulated positive discussions around current and future changes in libraries.

Watch this video to discover more about library trends in the Middle East, as well as how Taylor & Francis work with and support the library community in the region.

Mount Hood, Oregon, USA

Read the latest Library Lantern issue right here!

In our June issue of the Library Lantern, you can read all about our visit to the 15th anniversary of the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge, the addition of Altmetrics to our journals platform, and the inaugural World Education Research Yearbook.

We also share our views on why archive content is so valuable in current academic research, bring you free access to Library & Information Science articles and challenge you to take our test on libraries in fiction.

Enjoy June's Library Lantern issue today!


Who's talking about research? Altmetric now on our journals platform

May sees the addition of Altmetric data to Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA, enhancing the article metrics currently available on both journal platforms. Added to all journal articles published since January 2012, Altmetric data will offer users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with research articles from Taylor & Francis Group, whether via traditional or social media, blogs or online reference managers.

Visitors to Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA will be able to click on the Altmetric badge and see the underlying mentions from newspapers, magazines, blogs, social media, and policy documents, as well as comments on post publication peer review sites. Altmetric track mentions of over 5,000 research articles a day, with one mention seen on average every two seconds.

As one of the first publishers to implement Altmetric's recently released updated details page design, Taylor & Francis Group users will benefit from its enhanced functionality and the addition of new features such as a summary tab. From the tab, users will be able to see bibliographic information, demographics for Twitter and Mendeley, and simplified 'score in context' information. Alerts are also more prominent, so authors (and anyone else) can keep track of every new mention of an article, via a daily email summary.

For all articles published after January 2012 data is viewable on Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA within each journal's table of contents, on individual article pages, and (on Taylor & Francis Online) for all authors within their My Authored Works account.

60th International Library Association Conference

Taylor & Francis attends the 60th International Library Association Conference

On 8-10th April 2015, Taylor & Francis attended the ILA Conference at Punjab University, Chanigarh. This year, the conference celebrated its diamond jubilee with the theme, Embedded Librarianship and the Technological Challenges in the Digital Age.

The conference aimed to focus on the challenges and future of a library in the e-environment and the new technological innovations in librarianship today. Over 450 librarians from across the country attended the conference.

Taylor & Francis presented on Social Media in Academic Libraries - Challenges and Opportunities. The content of this presentation was in sync with the key note address of Dr Jagdish Arora, Director of INFLIBNET, as he spoke about how libraries and librarians today need to ensure that they move with the times and use digital mediums to touch base with their users.

Taylor & Francis India's User Awareness & Knowledge Sharing Session

Taylor & Francis India's User Awareness & Knowledge Sharing Session

Taylor & Francis India conducted a User Awareness & Knowledge Sharing Session at the University of Allahabad on 20th April 2015. The two-hour session was aimed at training the users on The South Asia Archive (SAA), English Historical Documents (EHD) and sharing information on how to get published in a journal.

It was a packed hall with over 250 participants, including the Vice Chancellor, Head of Departments, academicians, faculty, research scholars, librarians, and students.

Vice Chancellor for the Allahabad University, Professor Farooqi, inaugurated the session and said,

"The South Asia Archive will lend itself a lot of value for the research students and I am very happy that we have invested in this product. I have personally gone through the archive and I know that we are on the right track."

Celebrating National Libraries Day at the Bodleian Library

Celebrating National Libraries Day at the beautiful Bodleian Library

To celebrate National Libraries Day 2015, the Taylor & Francis Library Team offered ten lucky librarians the chance to tour the world-famous Bodleian Library in Oxford. We asked UK librarians to complete a short library quiz - and lots of you fancied your chances of winning!

On Tuesday 10th March 2015, we welcomed the winning librarians outside the beautiful Bodleian. The guided tour showcased the 15th Century Divinity School, Convocation House and Duke Humfrey's mediaeval library, which was a fascinating experience.

First opened to scholars in 1602, the Bodleian is the largest university library in the UK. In its reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 26 prime ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

It was lovely to meet all the lucky librarians in such a renowned and remarkable library!

To book a tour of your own, visit:

Taylor & Francis ignite - National Library Kolkata, India

Explore the latest issue of IGNITE, our Librarians' newsletter for South Asia!

Are you interested in learning the inspiring work of Dr P.Y. Rajendra Kumar, Director General, National Library of India, Kolkata? Or would you like to discover our lessons in office renovation and leadership? You're in the right place! Issue 6 of IGNITE is available now, and is jam-packed with news from Taylor & Francis India, Library & Information Science discoveries and intriguing library facts from South Asia!

Explore IGNITE today!

>Midwinter in Chicago

Library Lantern's March issue has arrived!

Read the latest issue of the Library Lantern to hear about the snowstorm, pizza party and great guest speakers at ALA Midwinter, read Librarian and Editor interviews and discover where you can find us later this month!

Look out for some good news about Taylor & Francis eBooks, learn the latest updates on Taylor & Francis Online and uncover the challenges of discoverability.

We also invite you to tell your story with Library Voices, our collaboration with the global library community that aims to capture stories from academic librarians around the world!

Explore the latest issue of the Library Lantern today!

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UKSG Announces the 2015 John Merriman Award Winner!

Congratulations to Katherine Rose, Information Systems Librarian from Regents University London, who is the winner of this year's Merriman Award!

The Award supports innovation in library strategy, providing the winner with the funding to attend the 2015 NASIG the North American Serials Interest Group) Conference in Washington DC.

Taylor & Francis proudly sponsors the John Merriman Award. Ian Bannerman, Managing Director at Taylor & Francis has said,

"The UKSG and NASIG conferences provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities for librarians, publishers and agents. The connections made at such events are essential in times of change, so I'm pleased that by sponsoring the Merriman Award, Taylor & Francis can help maintain vital links within our community."

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