Exciting new browser extension for the off-site researcher : Lean Library

We are delighted to launch the Lean Library browser extension for use by all members of the University of Cambridge.

The common problem for e-resource access experienced off-site –

Researchers and students search for articles and online resources off-site and hit paywalls and login pages.  They miss out on access to content that they have rights to access or find the routes to login cumbersome and frustrating.   Often the article is available to the researcher thanks to subscriptions held by Cambridge University Libraries, but it is made unnecessarily difficult to download and read it.

How Lean Library can help in providing a solution –

A new browser extension is now available for all members of the University that offers a solution to this problem, thanks to an initiative of Digital Services, Cambridge University Library.  The extension is called “Lean Library” and cleverly integrates subscription access for the researcher with the Open Access alternative.   Once installed, for the off-site user the extension will deliver the article in the browser regardless of where on the Internet the search is made.

In the last resort, when there is no OA version available, Lean Library will display a pop-up with a link to the University Library’s Inter Library Loan page and request form, inviting the researcher to submit an ILL request to obtain the article.

How to get Lean Library for your own use –

The Lean Library extension can be downloaded from this link:

https://www.leanlibrary.com/download/item244

Please note that this link recognizes which browser you are using.  Lean Library works with most modern browsers (including Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox).  Downloading is a simple process and takes seconds.   Just under the button to download on the Lean Library site you will see a “Privacy statement” which it is recommended to all users to read before proceeding.  A web page for Cambridge with essential information about Lean Library is available here:

https://www.libraries.cam.ac.uk/eresources/access-full-text-anywhere

Promoting Lean Library for the Cambridge user –

The Lean Library Implementation Team really hopes we can improve the experience of the off-campus user with the Lean Library extension.   We have designed a poster which is available from the above page and flyers are available for display in libraries.   Please get in touch via the email: cam-leanlib@lib.cam.ac.uk

Please help us to promote the extension in your library communities.  The first signs are – Lean is doing a good job:

  • “A bit of feedback. It’s only bloody brilliant! I didn’t expect it to work, but it just does. Really slick.” – Office of Scholarly Communication

 

  • “Downloading the extension to my preferred browser (Chrome) was very easy and super quick.  I really like the application, it works very well, the messages alerting me of the availability of open access versions pop up very quickly indeed so a user wouldn’t have spent ages trying to find one.” – Office of Scholarly Communication

 

  • “I’m pleased to report that Lean Library went down very well with the 1st year MML PhD students so I think this is a great service that will be very popular with our user community” – Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Total Access Collection with Neurology

The University of Cambridge Journals Co-ordination Scheme is delighted to provide access from 2018/2019 to the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins “Total Access Collection with Neurology”.

The LWW Total Access Collection is a collection of all LWW journals available on the Ovid platform.

LWW journals are highly respected in clinical medicine, and range from essential core journals to specialized resources in such areas as nursing and bioscience.

All titles in the collection can be found in iDiscover, as can article indexing for the journals in the collection.  A browsable list of journals is provided from the Cambridge LibGuides A-Z here:

https://ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&NEWS=n&CSC=Y&PAGE=browse&D=yrovft

RSS feeds now available from Cambridge Core

RSS feeds are now available on Cambridge Core, to alert you to the latest publishing in journals and subjects of your choice.

You can activate the journals feeds from the journals listing page, or from your chosen journal homepage, issue page or article page.  In each case look for the RSS icon, which appears as in the image below. Simply click the icon to sign up to the feed. On the journals listing page the icons are over on the right hand side, corresponding to each journal in the A-Z list. On journals homepages themselves, the icons appear in the image at the top right of the page, next to the existing email alerts icon.

For RSS alerts by subject, choose your subject on the ‘Browse Subjects‘ page, open the subject page and click the same icon at the top right of the page. The subject RSS feeds will alert you when new content is published in both books and journals in your chosen subject.

In all cases, clicking on the icon will open a new tab from where you can sign up for RSS feeds.

If you have any feedback or questions for us about these new feeds, please email us at: corefeedback@cambridge.org

If you’re not familiar with RSS feeds, there is a recently updated explanation here.

Please note that the RSS icon will not appear on journals which are no longer published, even if they have content hosted on Cambrdge Core, as these titles will no longer be providing any new content.

Re-posted from the Cambridge Core blog.

Reference and User Services Quarterly moves to OA

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue.

RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

“It is essential for RUSA to clearly live the values that we espouse as professionals; the move to open access is an important step in that direction,” states RUSQ Editor, Barry Trott. Read more about the transition from the editor in the first open access issue out this fall.

RUSQ has earned its distinction as a major title in the literature of librarianship, dating back to its origin in 1960 under the title RQ. The RUSA board is pleased with the decisions and invites librarians everywhere to engage with RUSA and its many authors through RUSQ,” says RUSA President, Chris LeBeau.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need. Learn more about RUSA.

Scientific American joins JSTOR Life Sciences

First published in 1845, Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the US. The magazine has published articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and built a loyal following of influential and forward-thinking readers. The archives of Scientific American include articles penned by Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stephen Jay Gould, Bill Gates, and more.

Scientific American is being included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection; the full run of the journal from 1845 to 2012 will be available, with new content added each year. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR’s coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences.

Today, Life Sciences is JSTOR’s largest collection, totalling more than 10 million pages, with approximately 300,000 pages of new content added each year.

The addition of Scientific American to the collection provides access to a large gap, from 1869 to 1908, in our current provision of the archive online from other sources, and can be accessed via this link:

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/journal/scieamer

The recent fatal collapse of the Bridgman Building in Philadelphia, which took place while it was yet under construction, sounds another warning as to the great perils attaching to careless construction of armored concrete buildings, and the growing necessity for the very strictest supervision of such work. Never has the engineer developed a more useful material of construction than when he devised that ingenious and thoroughly scientific combination known as armored or reinforced concrete. On the other hand, never did he open up to the eyes of the unscrupulous and “shoddy” builder such prospects of unlawfully but quickly acquired gain. Intelligently designed, carefully compounded, and put together with due deliberation and proper time allowances for setting and bonding, armored concrete is one of the cheapest and most reliable forms of building construction the world has ever known. But whenever the design is in­trusted to incompetent hands, and the construction done by contractors whose sole concern is to rush the work and secure early payments for the same, armored concrete is one of the most perilous materials that could be imagined. Already the ignorance and cupidity which are rampant have succeeded in putting armored concrete under a heavy cloud of distrust, from which it will take many a long year to recover. If the public is not to lose entire confidence, some speedy reform or drastic preventive legislation must be quickly introduced. The design of reinforced con­crete, at least in the case of the more important structures, should be restricted to engineers and architects who are familiar with this branch of the arts, which should be safeguarded by laws drawn up for its special protection

— Scientific American, August 7, 1907, 97, 7: 114

The journal Sociologie du travail leaves ELSEVIER for Open Access on Revues.org

The journal Sociologie du travail has terminated the contract it has had with Elsevier since 1999 and is moving to a fully digital form of Open Access on Revues.org.

Issue 59, Volume 1 of Sociologie du travail, entitled “Les syndicats face aux transformations du secteur public”, has just been published on Revues.org. The journal has also been given a makeover. This is a twofold turning point for the journal, which is both breaking with restricted access distribution on Elsevier and switching from print to digital. For Didier Demanière, author of this issue’s editorial, the change “signals a rupture with an international publisher contested for its exorbitant fees and positions the journal in the movement for open access to scientific articles”.

“The arrival of Sociologie du travail on OpenEdition is an important event in our eyes”, observes Marin Dacos, director of the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), which runs OpenEdition. “This is a journal that is an authority in its field and which is joining us and deciding to leave Elsevier, a publishing magnate that for 30 years has contributed to making libraries’ acquisitions budgets skyrocket. We are proud to help it choose open access and to offer it international visibility on OpenEdition.”

The journal has chosen to be published on Revues.org using the Freemium programme, with the HTML format of texts accessible to all readers and the PDF and ePub formats reserved to users affiliated to subscribing libraries and institutions. This formula enables journals to enjoy greater visibility in university networks, while also generating income.

Founded in 1959, Sociologie du travail is one of France’s most longstanding sociology journals. Centred on the field of work, the publication nevertheless remains a generalist journal of sociology, grappling with current issues. The issues published between 2014 and 2016 will gradually be transferred to the new site. The older issues are available on Science Direct, Persée and Jstor.

Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies

 

Access is now available to the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, at this link (please not that Peeters Journals Online are only available on campus.).

The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies is the organ of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Inc. (iabsinfo.net)

The JIABS publishes scholarly contributions in all areas of Buddhist Studies, based on research on primary sources, including anthropological, archaeological and art-historical ones.

A record for the journal is available in both the ejournals@cambridge A-Z & iDiscover.