Library Bulletin Winter 2017


Welcome to the latest “bumper” edition of the Ingenta Connect library newsletter. There’s a lot to discuss in this edition. First, we are pleased to announce the launch (and first-ever winner) of the George Pitcher Award for localised technical innovation in academic library services, won this year by the University of Central Lancashire.

We have more on Library Membership, which is now fully live, and on the latest from the Copyright Licensing Agency UK on rights and permissions using their brand-new DCS service. In January we attended the APE (Academic Publishing in Europe) conference, and we have feedback on that enjoyable annual event. We have the latest on COUNTER5, and then conclude with our regular Focus On… feature (in this edition we look at Nursing) and Events.

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The George Pitcher Award 2016 – Enabling Greater Access for Visually-Impaired Students

George Pitcher was an Ingenta employee who worked tirelessly to build create and launch two products of huge importance here in the UK, Heron and PackTracker. George sadly passed away at the age of only 61 in December 2014. To celebrate George’s dedication in setting up virtually single-handed, we decided to launch the George Pitcher Award for innovation. Read more.

Library Membership – first sign-ups

Our new Library Membership scheme was launched at the beginning of the year, and will change the way librarians use and access Ingenta Connect. In addition to key changes in access control, we’re building a suite of money-saving offers and services which will be available to members only. Read more.

CLA’s DCS – Digital Content Store

The DCS is an optional innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education developed by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) together with universities, publishers and technology partners. CLA is committed to helping customers access, copy and share the content they need, while making sure copyright owners are paid the royalties they are due. Read more.

APE Conference 2017 – Open Access

APE – the Academic Publishers in Europe Conference 2017 – took place in the dynamic city of Berlin on 17/18 January. It was extremely well attended with about 250 publishers and librarians from all over Europe, enjoying a series of excellent sessions and networking events. Read more.

Update on COUNTER5

Ingenta Connect provides COUNTER4 and SUSHI statistical reports free of charge for all our registered library administrators, regardless of whether they belong to our new library Membership scheme. We are now gearing ourselves up for the introduction of COUNTER5. The new code will be published towards the end of 2017.There will then be an eighteen-month grace period for publishers to comply with the new code of practice. Read more.

Focus On…Nursing

Every issue we focus on areas of content on Ingenta Connect, to introduce you to new publishers, collections and titles that you may not otherwise be familiar with and draw attention to the depth and range of content on our site. In this issue, we look at Nursing – a subject that has 46 important titles which you can subscribe to or are available to browse or purchase. Read more.


It’s going to be a busy year! This is where we’ll be in the first four months of the year – come along and say hello!

London Bookfair [Olympia, UK] 14-16 March

Technology’s role in scholarly publishing is becoming ever more important, and at the forefront of the digital revolution are the trailblazers of technological innovation – academic/STM/professional publishers. An increasing number of these publishers choose to exhibit at The London Book Fair or attend as visitors. We’ll be at stand 7 G41 in the National Hall, and will be running three panel sessions during the fair.

UKSG [Harrogate,UK] 10 – 12 April

The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition is a major event in the scholarly communications calendar which attracts over 900 delegates each year from around the world – librarians, publishers, content providers, consultants and intermediaries.

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