News and Announcements 4/21/12

News about a Collections Trust project investments; the Apple ebooks case in the EU; ALA’s most frequently challenged books; the Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner; and a OCLC Board of Trustee election.

 Collections Trust Secures €8m investment to bring Collections online

INFOdocket reports that “the Collections Trust has secured major European Commission investment in projects worth a total of €8m to help museums, archives and libraries share their collections online safely and sustainably…

The projects include:

  • EUROPEANA INSIDE – a €3.8million research and development project in partnership with 10 leading Collections Management Software providers, all of whom are members of the Collections Trust’s ‘SPECTRUM Partner’ Scheme.
  • PARTAGE PLUS – a 24-month project worth €3m to digitise Art Nouveau objects, artworks, posters, and buildings to create around 75,000 items, including 2,000 3D models…
  • ENUMERATE – a networking project which aims to provide up-to-date and comprehensive intelligence about the costs, methods and impact of digitising collections in museums, archives and libraries…
  • LINKED HERITAGE – a major initiative to help cultural organisations open up their collections as Linked Open Data…

This new investment by the European Commission represents a milestone in the Collections Trust’s international strategy and a huge opportunity to help museums, archives and libraries bring the richness of their collections to online audiences”, says Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole.

 Apple May Settle Price Fixing Case in EU

Quoting this article in the The Telegraph, Jason Boog of the GalleyCat website  notes that “Apple has reportedly proposed to settle its eBook pricing case with the European Union’s competition commissioner… In contrast, Apple has pledged to fight similar lawsuits in U.S. courts. Earlier this month, the European Commission revealed that it had received “proposals of possible commitments” from Apple and these four publishers: Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette Livre and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck…”

 

  Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

The GalleyCat website also reported on ALA’s annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year… The list was part of the ALA’s 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report.  A few of these books have been on the list of banned books for years while some are relative newcomers.  The reasons for these challenges include; nudity; being sexually explicit; using offensive language; racism; the religious viewpoint; insensitivity; occult/satanic elements; violence; and being unsuited to age group.  In any case, below are links to ” to free samples of all the books on the list.”

10 Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
  2. The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  9. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 UNE Philosopher David Livingstone Smith wins Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction for his study ‘Less than Human’

“David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., University of New England associate professor of philosophy, has been named winner of the 77th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction for his 2011 book Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others.

The award was announced by the Cleveland Foundation on April 19, 2012. The Anisfield-Wolf winners will be honored in Cleveland on Sept. 13 at a ceremony hosted by the Foundation and emceed by Jury Chair Henry Louis Gates Jr….”

 OCLC Global Council elects Loretta Parham and Jennifer Younger to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees

“OCLC Global Council member delegates elected two librarians to serve on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Loretta Parham, CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, and Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance. Each will serve a four-year term beginning with the next OCLC Board meeting in November.

The two new Board members were elected by Global Council April 18 and will replace Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, University of Wyoming, and Bruce Newell, Director (Retired), Montana Library Network, whose terms on the Board end in November…”

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