News You Need to Start the Week

Start the week with news about Copyright and the U of Alaska; IMLS funding; a filing in the HathiTrust case; The Berlin 9 open access conference; a mobile app from Deep Web Technologies; a Wolper/Pubget integration and an acquisition by Baker and Taylor.

U. of Alaska Slows Internet to Curb Illegal Downloading

The Chronicle reports that in response to numerous complaints from the recording and entertainment industry, the University of Alaska is slowing Internet connections in campus dorms.   This action is being taken “to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music, and videos.”   The original  Associated Press article provides more details.  (This U of Alaska action leads one to wonder if other universities are experiencing the same level of complaints and if they are contemplating similar responses.)

IMLS Commits Up to $2 Million to Advance Goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced its intention to provide up to $2 million of National Leadership Grant (NLG) funds over two years for library-museum collaborations in support of community efforts to further the goals the Campaign for Grade Level Reading , including school readiness, summer reading loss, and chronic school absence. (This is subject to funding availability and agency discretion.)”

HathiTrust Defendents File Answers and Response with Court

In this post, INFOdocket provides links to the Full Text of the Answers Response Filing  in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust case.  It also gives links to comments and analysis by recognized legal expert Professor James Grimmelmann.

Berlin 9 OA Conference Urging More, Faster

Information Today reports on the Berlin 9 open access conference held on Nov. 9-10 at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md.  “The theme of this year’s conference, The Impact of Open Access in Research & Scholarship, drew 260 researchers, research funders, open-access advocates, commercial publishers, and policy makers. Presenters stressed the benefits of putting research “quickly and freely into the hands of scholars, students, innovators, and the general public.”

Deep Web Technologies Introduces Mobile Apps for Federated Search

“Deep Web Technologies announced that it has implemented its popular Biznar and Mednar federated search web applications as native mode Apple iOS apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Biznar and Mednar are free, publicly available browser-based applications that search multiple Deep Web business and medical information sources for content that satisfies a user’s query. Sources are searched in parallel (federated) and in real-time, with results being presented in relevance-ranked order.”

Wolper Delivers PaperStats Technology to WOLPERweb Customers

Pubget’s content analytics tool, PaperStats, is now available through Wolper’s proprietary, custom, cloud-based subscription management system, WOLPERweb.  According to Ryan Jones, President of Pubget, “The integration of PaperStats with WOLPERweb allows libraries to centrally make purchase decisions and optimize budgets, with real, standardized data.”

Baker & Taylor Acquires Maker of CollectionHQ

“Distributor Baker & Taylor today announced that it has acquired Glasgow, Scotland-based company Bridgeall Libraries, the maker of CollectionHQ collection development software-as-a-service for libraries. Terms were not disclosed.  Current clients of Bridgeall’s CollectionHQ product include “Queens Library, NY; the County of Los Angeles Public Library; and the New York Public Library, among …others.”

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