‘Llama antibodies’, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ and ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ amongst terms most frequently searched in libraries
Public library users search for an eclectic range of topics when using the Access to Research free online search. The service enables any user in a participating public library to search directly for and print out a copy of any of the more than 15 million journal articles that publishers make available through their participation. The free service is only available in public libraries. 85% of public libraries in the UK currently offer access to the service.
Analysis of the top 20 search terms by month nationwide for 2018 has thrown up an idiosyncratic list of interests, in addition to the perennial concerns of health, history and science. Medical ailments are well represented (‘Caesarean nerve damage’ and ‘Effect tuition fees have on students’ mental health’) but there is also room for the somewhat specialized (‘Llama antibodies’ and ‘Ragwort’).
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PLS is working in partnership with the UK’s four higher education funding bodies and publishers in order to facilitate secure electronic access to journal articles and other research outputs for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.
The agreement will reduce the burden for researchers submitting outputs for assessment and provide assurance that outputs are handled in accordance with copyright.
It will also increase efficiency for the REF assessment panels and save public money that would otherwise have been spent on fees.
PLS will facilitate electronic access to up to 200,000 journal articles and other research outputs for assessment by more than 800 panellists across 34 units of assessment in the course of the REF 2021.
The PLS Board has appointed Rosie Glazebrook as its new Chair with effect from 1 April 2019. She takes over from Mark Bide who retires at the end of May having completed six years in office. Like Mark, she will also become the co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
Rosie Glazebrook, who will be PLS’ first female Chair, is a Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, a Council Member of the General Optical Council and Chair of a Research Ethics Committee for NHS Health Research Authority. Before building her extensive non-executive career in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Rosie worked in the publishing world and is now a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International.
PLS has moved office to London Bridge in central London. The new location - Shackleton House - is conveniently located for visitors, being opposite London Bridge main line and underground stations. As previously, the space is shared with CLA, ALCS and ERA.
Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same. The postal address is 5th Floor, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HX.
PLS sponsored a packed breakfast meeting at Barnard’s Inn on 27 September for senior figures in the publishing industry as part of the BookBrunch briefing series. PLS chief executive Sarah Faulder introduced Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre.
Mark Bide, PLS Chair since 2013 completes his term of office in May 2019.
Mark has had a long and fruitful association with PLS. He conceived of the service now known as PLS Account Manager and led the work on the rights valuation. He has been – in the view of the Board – an exemplary Chairman throughout his six years at the helm and has built excellent relations with ALCS and CLA.
The process to recruit his successor is now beginning. PLS are seeking someone with “a demonstrable record of leadership in substantial roles and proven chairing and board level experience.“ For more details of the role click here.
The European Parliament is due to vote on the draft Digital Single Market Copyright Directive on 5 July 2018.
Date: Tuesday, 10 April
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
Recording: Available here
In 2014 the UK Government introduced The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Extended Collective Licensing) Regulations, which enables collective management organisations to apply for an extended collective licence (ECL).