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Concerns about the Research Works Act; a strategic plan for IMLS; a couple of announcements from  DeGruyter; an updated draft of SERU; and a Safari Books acquisition.

… Research Works Act introduced

The District Dispatch from ALA’s Washington Office reports the  introduction of “the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699), on December 16, 2011.”  The bill was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY).  According to the District Dispatch, “the bill would effectively turn back the clock on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy put into place in 2008.  The bill was referred to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of which Rep. Issa is chairman.”

New IMLS Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Barbara E. Keiser reports for Information Today that  “the Institute for Museum and Library Services  unveiled its Strategic Plan, 2012-2016: Creating a Nation of Learners that places the nation’s 17,500 museums and 123,000 libraries at the heart of education enhancement opportunities for all Americans.  The goals for upcoming five years can be summarized as

  • Place the learner at the center of engaging learning experiences resulting in empowered learners
  • Promote museums and libraries as strong anchors within their communities, centers for people to gather and connect with community services.
  • Support exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections, facilitating discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage by the American public.
  • Advise the President and Congress on policies that sustain and increase public access to information and ideas.
  • Achieve excellence in public agency management.

This IMLS plan provides more specifics for each strategic goals, “with benchmarks (explicit tasks and products, such as reports) and measures (quantified metrics) so that all can monitor how successful their efforts are along the way.”

De Gruyter acquires Versita and becomes third-biggest international Open Access publisher

“De Gruyter, the Berlin-based academic publishing company, is acquiring the publisher Versita. As a service provider to academic organizations and bodies, Versita publishes over 230 journals on Open Access basis, i.e. outside the traditional subscription model. With this acquisition De Gruyter is substantially increasing its presence in an important future market of academic publishing. The complete staff of Versita is being retained in this take-over.”

Harvard University Press Partners with DeGruyter for eBook Sales

Sue Polanka reports in No Shelf Required that “DeGruyter and Harvard University Press just announced a new collaboration.  DeGruyter will serve as a sales partner for HUP’s eBook collection, both front and backlist.  The titles will be available on DeGruyter’s recently released interface which integrates book, journal, and databank content…”

NISO Releases Updated Draft of SERU

“The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the availability of a draft update of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding for public comment (NISO RP-7-201X) through Feb. 19, 2012. SERU offers publishers and libraries the opportunity to save both the time and the costs associated with a negotiated and signed license agreement for eresources by both content provider and customer agreeing to operate within a framework of shared understanding and good faith. The SERU framework provides a set of common understandings for parties to reference as an alternative to a formal license when conducting business.”

Safari Books Online acquiring Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader.

InfoDOCKET provides links to press releases from Threepress Consulting and Safari Books about  Safari Books Online acquiring Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader:  Threepress and Ibis Reader join Safari Books Online (1/9/2012)  and Welcoming Threepress to the Safari Books Online Family (1/9/2012)


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