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Claire Sewell, Research Support Skills Coordinator at Cambridge University Libraries, calls for a change in how staff are chosen for roles in research support and urges librarians and PhDs to cooperate and learn from each other.

UKSG news

The deadline for applications for a chance to win the new sponsored conference place on offer by UKSG is 28 February 2019.

Industry news

The National Information Standards Organization and National Federation of Advanced Information Services have announced a proposed merger.
Jisc has set up a survey about the cost to libraries of annual charges for digital archival collections/static databases acquired as one-off perpetual purchases.
Book authors are being asked to contribute to a Springer Nature report on attitudes to publishing and the awareness and perceived benefits of open access.
Voting Members of NISO have approved a new project to create a Standards-Specific Ontology Standard.

Company news

Cambridge University Press has reached a three-year agreement with Jisc Collections to support UK open access publishing in Cambridge journals.
EBSCO Information Services has announced the acquisition of Stacks, a library and research web platform.
Atypon has recently signed multi-year renewals with twelve of its publisher clients.

Product news

BMJ has formed a partnership with Editage to offer language editing and translation services to medical researchers who seek to publish in healthcare science journals.