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Awards for two services developed using JournalTOCs

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Recently two of our licensed institutional users have been awarded with a project grant and a prestigious award respectively, both of them involving the use of JournalTOCs Premium.

1. Award to develop an automated e-TOCs current awareness service at the NYMC

The Health Sciences Library of the New York Medical College (NYMC), in partnership with the Health Sciences Library System of the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded a grant to develop an automated Electronic Table of Contents Current Awareness Service using RSS Feeds. The project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C.

Partial results of the project have been presented by Marie Ascher, the Associate Director of NYMC Library, in the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), Boston, USA. ICML is the premier event in Health Sciences Information sponsored this year by JAMA, Elsevier, EBSCO and Wolters Kluwer, among other publishers of medical literature. Marie presented the poster “Development of an Automated Electronic Table of Contents Current Awareness Service Using RSS Feeds and the Library Blog” on Tuesday 7th May during the ICML Poster Session 4.

The objective of the NYMC project is to develop a fully automated e-TOCs current awareness service to replace the physical daily journals shelf. As at many other libraries, researchers used to visit the library regularly to browse the daily journal receipts. However, since print journal collection has shrunk drastically in favour of electronic journals, NYMC recognized the need for a new way to view the latest journal content and embraced the metaphor of the Virtual New Journals Shelf to develop a fully automated e-TOCs system that would push content from JournalTOCs to a “New Journal TOCs” webpage or a posting on the library’s blog.

We congratulate the Health Sciences Library and their creative use of JournalTOCs Premium.

Virtual New Journals Shelf

2. IFLA Award to the best library marketing project (5th place) to the VSSC

A Commendable Work award was given to the Indian Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) for the project “Inspiring Library Patrons“. VSSC bagged 5th position of the prestigious IFLA International Marketing Award for 2013. The winners will be announced officially at the IFLA press conference at Singapore in August 2013. Eileen Breen, Senior Publisher at Emerald, which was the sponsor of the award in this year, commented: This year’s winners of the IFLA International Marketing Awards illustrate perfectly Emerald’s endeavours to support global initiatives that benefit society. Once again the IFLA International Marketing Awards prove inspirational to the whole information community and we congratulate these worthy winners.

VSSC Library was awarded for conducting an “open book quiz” programme to make their research staff aware of their services and use the products subscribed by VSSC. About 900 users participated and 688 completed the quiz. The programme was a success, rated as the best program of 2012 in VSSC and all the users appreciated the work and it was well supported by VSSC management. The last question of the quiz was to list 3 favourite journals from a list of journals with customised links to JournalTOCs. N. Narayanan Kutty, the VSSC Periodicals Head, said “If they had asked the users directly to provide their favourite titles in the normal way, only very few would have sent their responses.

We congratulate the VSSC Library for its effectiveness in making users aware of the library services.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

May 7th, 2013 at 9:09 am

More new features for super-user accounts in JournalTOCs *Premium*

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The functionality to manage user’s email alerts, announced last month, has been expanded further. Now, super-users can view, remove and change Digest Alerts before the email alerts are sent to users. As you know, your users can choose the frequency that alerts will be sent, from three options:
– Daily Alerts,
– Weekly Digest and,
– Monthly Digest.
In the case of Digest Alerts, sometimes various alerts for the same journal have been recorded in the Digest Alert as articles become available during a period of time. This is prone to duplications. Or sometimes, the Digest Alert contains entries that may be irrelevant for the user (e.g. Announcements, Index of Authors, etc.) To deal with these cases, we have added the new Filtered & On Demand (Managed by the super-user) option to the Admin interface. This option gives you the opportunity to edit the content of the Digest Alert before it is emailed to the user. So you can remove duplicate and irrelevant items from the user’s alert or even insert your own announcements in the alert.

Managing User Account
Once you have selected the “Filtered & On Demand (Managed by the super-user)” option, the system will make available for you the “Manage Alerts” link, from where you will be able to edit the content of the user’s alert.

We have added more information to Browse. Browsing By Subject now contains a new column with the number of subscribed journals that your institution has in each subject. Similarly Browsing by Publisher displays a new column with the number of journals you have subscribed per each publisher. For example try This new column is only available when the user is logged in or when the user has been recognised within the IP range of your institution.

We have added a few more data to the CSV files that you can generate from your Admin interface. We have added to the file of User Accounts a column with the JournalTOCs unique ID for each user. Also, we have added the Access Right column to the file of Followed Journals, so you will be able to see whether the journal belongs to your holdings or not, plus an indication if the title is an OA journal. You could use this information to analyse how many journals outside your subscription are being followed by your users or to see which OA journals are the most popular among your users.

In addition to the allowance of 300 journals given to any user freely registered with JournalTOCs, we have increased the allowance for users who are members of a customised JournalTOCs service, so now your users can follow up to 600 journals.

And don’t forget that anyone can link directly to the TOC of any journal by just using the ISSN number of the journal. For example:

More information about JournalTOCs *Premium* – the cost-effective customisation service – is available at

Written by Santiago Chumbe

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:33 pm