News and Announcements 2/14/12

On today’s menu: Anvil Academic a humanities digital publisher; EIFL‘s copyright policy guide; a bipartisan FRPAA introduced; Ingram’s new e-textbook building block for Blackboard; Nature Publishing releases a new open source journal; and Aptara acquired by iEnergizer.

CLIR and NITLE to Launch Digital Academic Publishing Program

“The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) announce the formation of Anvil Academic, a digital publisher for the humanities. Anvil will focus on publishing new forms of scholarship that cannot be adequately conveyed in the traditional monograph.”

“Increasingly, research in the humanities is dependent on large data sets and involves sophisticated algorithms and visualizations” according to CLIR President Chuck Henry.  He goes on to say that “Anvil will capture the environment in which this research is conducted: a linked ecology of scholarly expression, data, and tools of analysis that will over time become itself a place for new knowledge discovery.”

Developing a Library Copyright Policy. An EIFL guide.

“This new guide is intended to highlight issues when considering the creation of a copyright policy for your library, how to go about drafting a policy and the elements that a library copyright policy might contain… Feedback or comments welcome.”

Open Access for All?

“A new bipartisan bill introduced last week proposes to make all taxpayer-funded research freely available in a public database “as soon as practicable,” but no later than 6 months after publication in a journal. The legislation, known as the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), builds upon the existing National Institutes of Health’s Public Access Policy, which mandates all NIH-funded research be made available within 12 months of publication in the public online repository PubMed Central.”

Ingram’s Vital Source Launches e-textbook Building Block for Blackboard Learn™ Platform

“Ingram’s Vital Source is now providing access to its leading e-textbook platform through Blackboard Learn… The Blackboard Building Block™ for VitalSource gives institutions a comprehensive tool to implement digital textbooks for students in mobile, online and offline environments.”

New open access journal: Clinical and Translational Immunology

“Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) today announce a partnership to publish a new open access journal from December 2012. Clinical and Translational Immunology (CTI) will be a companion title to Immunology and Cell Biology, established in 1924 and currently published by NPG in partnership with the ASI…”

Aptara Announces Acquisition by iEnergizer Limited

Aptara, a company that provides “digital media solutions and multi-channel content production, announces its acquisition by iEnergizer Limited, a publicly listed company based in London (LSE:IBPO.L) with a market capitalization of approximately USD 700 million. iEnergizer is part of a diversified group with wide-ranging investments in business process outsourcing, oil and gas, and real estate.”


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