Disseminating knowledge, globally
AIP's mission is to advance "the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare." Publishing journals is an important way we carry out this mission, so it is vital to make them as widely available as possible—whether or not the users or their institutions can afford to pay for them. One way we do this is by negotiating low-cost licenses with library consortia; this allows us to reach many more users in places like India, Turkey, Pakistan, and Russia.
Now we are trying to do even more by reaching out to teachers, students, and researchers in truly poor countries. In October of this year, Doug LaFrenier, AIP's Director of Publication Sales and Market Development, visited the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (an AIP Corporate Associate) in Trieste, Italy. ICTP offers a visiting-scholar program to scientists from many developing countries, allowing scientists to interact with their colleagues in the developed world. Doug was there to sign an agreement with the Centre that allows them to use AIP's electronic journals to supply free articles to registered scientists in nearly 100 countries, ranging from Albania to Macedonia to Zimbabwe.
In addition, AIP signed an agreement with the International Network for the Availability of Scholarly Publications (INASP). INASP works with the science community in developing countries to build their research infrastructure, including computer networks. Our agreement with INASP provides nearly-free access to our journals for registered institutions in 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South America. As INASP builds up its network of partner countries, we hope to expand this list.
Online distribution has allowed us to reach many more users for our journals than ever before in our history. We are pleased to extend this reach to scientists in some of the world's poorest countries.
Scitation launches new Library Service Center
With the recent launch of the Scitation Library Service Center (SLSC), AIP has delivered the first phase of an important new service for institutional subscribers. It is the first step in creating tools and interfaces for institutional library administrators to view and manage their Scitation accounts more efficiently and effectively. Librarians can use SLSC to view and maintain their account information, view their online holdings, administer and reinstate or suspend IP addresses, access AIP's COUNTER-compliant Scitation Usage Report Service, and electronically submit their institution's OpenURL information, which can be configured within 24 hours.
Manhattan Project photos added to Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
Many historians and media producers come to the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives for images of the "atomic scientists," and our large collection has recently been expanded. The U.S. Department of Energy's Digital Photo Archive generously donated more than 100 images. The repository mainly holds images from the Department's creation in 1977 to the present, but it includes some photos inherited from the preceding Atomic Energy Commission and Manhattan Project. The donated images show many of the Project's famous people—for example, their security badge photos—as well as images of equipment and bomb test sites. To see our new images, visit the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives and enter "Department of Energy (DOE)" into the Quick Search box at the top right of the homepage. For more information on the collection, contact photo librarian Scott Prouty.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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