News and Announcements 12/14/11

Drastic budget cuts in CA;  ebrary survey results; a Wikipedia prototype; a new agreement for Harrassowitz;  a website for Antibodypedia, and Maney acquires a new journal.

With Mid-Year Cut, California Reduces State Funding for Libraries to Zero

“California Governor Jerry Brown announced Tuesday a mid-year, $16 million cut to state library funding, which essentially eliminates all remaining state funding for the California Library Services Act (CLSA), the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Service, and the Public Library Foundation (PLF). Last year the programs received $30.4 million.”

E-book Download Survey from ebrary Now Freely Available

The results of the ebrary’s Offline Reading Survey of “more than 1,000 librarians regarding e-book mobile and offline access is now publicly available online.” The full results can be downloaded after filling out a registration form at  The download includes an introduction by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University.

Changes at Wikipedia

According to the Economist’s science and technology blog, Babbage, the new visual editor in developer prototype by Wikipedia  is “the most significant change in Wikipedia’s short history. The hope is that editing the online encyclopedia with the visual editor will be more like playing around on blogging platforms such as WordPress or Blogger …”  A new visual editor is seen as essential given “the number of active editors on Wikipedia’s English-language version is in decline, having peaked in 2007.”

HARRASSOWITZ and Statista Bring Market Data and Public Statistics to Academic Libraries

“HARRASSOWITZ, the international booksellers and subscription agents, announces a new sales representation agreement with Statista, the platform for market data and facts on over 60,000 topics. The agreement allows Statista to expand into the North American academic library market through HARRASSOWITZ’s large customer-base and its expertise in selling online databases.”

Antibodypedia site redesigned by Semantico goes live

“Antibodypedia, an open-access database for commercially available antibodies, has recently re-launched with a new website. Semantico, a … provider of services and technology for online publishing, re-architectured and redesigned the site, following the brief from Nature Publishing Group and the Antibodypedia company.”

Maney Publishing acquires the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

Maney Publishing has announced that they have acquired “the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health from Hamilton Hardy Publishing. Maney will begin publishing this new title from 2012. The journal will continue with existing editor David S Egilman of Brown University, USA.”



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