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A revived IGI Global award program; NPG increases support for Creative Commons; an enhanced etextbook readers from CourseSmart; and the recipient of 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award.

IGI Global revives the Library Technology Excellence Award program

IGI Global has announced “the revival of the Library Technology Excellence Award program” and is inviting participation. “This award is given quarterly to an individual or group whose commendable effort and exemplary commitment to the utilization and understanding of technological resources within the academic and research communities has proven fundamental to the advancement of their respective community, society and/or institution.”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30, 2012.  Please forward all submissions to npronio@igi-global.com

Societies join NPG in support for Creative Commons

“Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is pleased to announce that 49 journals it publishes now support Creative Commons through an annual donation. Based on the 1,113 open access articles published in 2011 in these journals, NPG and its partners are donating $22,260 to Creative Commons…   NPG announced its annual contribution to CC in January 2011, for Scientific Reports and the 22 other journals NPG owns which offer an open access option, including Nature Communications. NPG’s academic and society partners in the US, Europe and Australia have now joined the scheme, adding 26 further titles…”

CourseSmart Launches Enhanced Reading Platform

CourseSmart, a provider of etextbooks and digital course materials, announced the launch of the New CourseSmart eTextbook Reader, an enhanced reading platform providing a greater overall user experience, new tools and viewing options. The first of many enhancements planned for 2012, the New CourseSmart Reader is evidence of CourseSmart’s commitment to continued innovation, ensuring that students and faculty have access to a superior digital reading experience on any device…

CourseSmart …is a venture supported by publishers, including Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group (Macmillan), and John Wiley & Sons. CourseSmart provides services to four business segments: Online direct retail for students; indirect distribution of course materials to students through bookstores; online faculty textbook evaluation services; and institutional solutions for faculty and students that are integrated within campus technology ecosystems.

G. Sayeed Choudhury named recipient of 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

“G. Sayeed Choudhury has been named recipient of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award, co-sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed…”

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