News and Announcements 2/15/12

On today’s menu: falling library expenditures; a small libraries project from OCLC; growth in UK ebooks; another podcast from CNI; and support for FRPAA

Library Expenditures as % of University Expenditures Continue to Fall

“ARL has updated its charts of library expenditures as a percent of university expenditures with 2008-2009 data, which shows a continuing downward trend. New this year is a chart that includes data on Canadian ARL libraries…”

OCLC Website for Small Libraries project makes getting on the Web easy and fast for small libraries

“The Website for Small Libraries project, which began as an OCLC Innovation Lab experiment in 2011, is now  available as a beta service for any library wishing to set up its own website.”  According to OCLC, “by participating in the project, libraries will be able to… set up a website that provides basic functionality for making small collection information available on the Web, setting up users, checking materials in and out, placing holds, and providing library contact, location, service and event information.”

The Growth Of The UK Ebook Market

This survey provides a “glimpse of the development of the UK ebook business from BML/Bowker.  The survey also looks at how the e-book industry fares by genre. The adult fiction market saw spectacular e-book growth in 2011, up from 2.8% of purchases in the four weeks ending 26th December 2010 to 12.5% in the four weeks to 27th November 2011. But again, as e-books are being bought for lower prices, they accounted for only 7.1% of adult fiction spending in the latest period…”

Horizon Megatrends; E-Book Self-Publishing; OSTP Comments

CNI’s Clifford Lynch discusses a number of wide ranging key issues and  Joan Lippincott, CNI’s associate director, talks about sessions on assessment and on innovative student projects that she has recently attended.

9 Library, Publishing, and Research Organizations Send Letter to Congress in Support of FRPAA

InfoDocket provides a link to a letter to Senator John Cornyn from ALA, ACRL, ARL, Creative Commons and a number of other organizations.  The letter thanks him for introducing S. 2096 “The Federal Research Public Access Act ” and expresses their support for the legislation.

 

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