While you were working: lifelong learning and displaced researchers

A round-up of interesting initiatives and announcements you may have missed including the launch of a programme for displaced researchers and a new study on the usage of e-books.

ProQuest launches Displaced Researchers Programme

ProQuest has launched an initiative to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes.

The programme will resolve authentication problems faced by displaced researchers who wish to remotely access their institution’s holding. There is no limit to the number of databases that can be requested.

To request access, researchers should email the ProQuest hotline at ContinueMyResearch@proquest.comwith the name of the university or library they have been separated from, along with the name of their research supervisor or faculty advisor.

Credo Reference launches Education Division

Credo Reference has announced the launch of Credo Education, a new division which the company says will partner with educational institutions to prepare students for continuous learning and success in the knowledge economy.

Credo Education will help academic institutions assess gaps in students' critical thinking abilities, and will provide instruction to improve student outcomes and develop lifelong learning skills.


Second Edition of The Special Collections Handbook released

Five years on from its original publication, Facet Publishing has announced the release of the second edition of The Special Collections Handbook by Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford. Described as a practical day-to-day companion covering all aspects of special collections work, the handbook includes coverage of new standards and concepts including unique and distinctive collections (UDCs); discussion of the major changes to laws affecting special collections; and exploration of new trends in research including the rise of digital humanities, open access, and the impact agenda.


LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions unveils risk media monitoring solution

LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions has announced the launch of LexisNexis Entity Insight, a risk monitoring tool which will alert procurement, supply chain and compliance professionals to potential business risks.

The tool tracks market intelligence and news sources that are often unavailable on the open web to help companies formulate an in-depth view of reputational, regulatory, financial and strategic risks, based on PESTLE (Political, Economic, Socio-cultural, Technological, Legal and Environmental) analysis.


Knowledge Unlatched and JSTOR to study usage of open access books

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the Open Access co-operative supporting monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, have announced a partnership to study usage patterns in Open Access via the cross-promotion of KU titles. KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, and will expand the hosting of 30 Open Access titles to JSTOR. The titles include History, Literature, Political Science, Anthropology, and Media & Communications.

Continued study of usage will be under the auspices of KU Research led by Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery of Curtin University, Australia.


'While you were working' provides a round up of interesting news, initiatives, projects and research that you may have missed while you were doing your day job!  Please let us know if you come across a story or initiative that you think will interest your fellow librarians and information professionals.