While you were working (13 February 2018)

ISI to be re-established by Clarivate Analytics; Royal Shakespeare Company performances available to stream; recipients of 2018 Library and Information Science Research Grants named.

Institute for Scientific Information and Clarivate Analytics

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) is to be re-established as part of Clarivate Analytics’ Scientific and Academic Research Group.

The company says that the new incarnation of ISI will focus on the development of existing and new bibliometric and analytical approaches, fostering collaborations with partners and customers across the academic community.

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific and Academic Research group at Clarivate Analytics said that “For 50 years [ISI] was the key source of research and product development in the world of scientometrics. It was the founding company of all that is Clarivate Analytics and the heart of what is now the Scientific and Academic Research group.”

ISI was established in 1960 by Dr Eugene Garfield and produced Science Citation Index -- the first citation index for the sciences -- in 1964, followed by the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, and the Journal Citation Reports including Journal Impact Factors, during the 1970s.


Shakespeare theatre productions available to stream

Contemporary productions of thirteen Shakespeare plays performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s iconic Stratford-upon-Avon theatre are now available for students and educators to stream from ProQuest company Alexander Street.

Productions available include Richard II starring David Tennant, The Tempest starring Simon Russell-Beale, and King Lear with Antony Sher.  

The company says that more content will be added in the future.

Customers can access these plays with Academic Video Online, via Alexander Street’s demand-driven acquisition program, or by single-title subscription or purchase. The plays are also available as part of the newly launched Theatre & Drama Premium database.


OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants announced

OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have announced the recipients of the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants.

Rachel Clarke of Syracuse University in the US will investigate wider, more systematic approaches to promoting diverse reading materials in libraries, and furthering encouragement of diverse reading and media consumption, especially by those people who might not otherwise be inclined to pursue such resources.

Violeta Trkulja and Juliane Stiller from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin will examine the information seeking behaviour of Germany’s refugee migrants while pursuing employment, training, or using the internet for education. Their study will contribute to a better understanding of the varying degrees of digital skills among migrant refugees which can then be used to design targeted courses to address online deficits.

Alexander Voss and Anna Clements from the UK’s University of St Andrews will study the adoption of ORCID iDs, the use cases and perceptions of the system among researchers in different research communities, and barriers to uptake.  

OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants are up to $25,000 in value and are awarded to support projects which advance librarianship and information science, promote independent research to help librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence, and contribute to a better understanding of the library environment.

A list of previous OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant recipients is at www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.html