News and Announcements 5/31/12

Today’s menu; a new image database from EBSCO; free textbooks in California Senate; 2013 prices from Duke University Press announced; Publishing Technology partners with10 publishers; OverDrive to introduce a new eBook reading platform; and Dr Helena Asamoah-Hassan honored as BioMed Central’s Open Access Advocate of the Year.

EBSCO Publishing Brings Associated Press Images Collection to Library Customers

“EBSCO has been named the sole library distributor of the AP Images, the commercial photo unit of AP…  The database called “AP Images Collection is a primary source database with millions of images from 1826 to present and more than 3,500 additional photographs are added daily. The collection also includes 36,400 audio sound bytes dating from the 1920s and more than 2,900 multimedia interactives… In addition, AP Images Collection provides 2.7 million Associated Press news stories from 1997 to present, and a professionally produced collection of more than 340,000 maps, graphs, charts, logos, flags and illustrations…”

Free Textbook Bill Advances in California

According to the Inside Higher Ed website, the Associated Press reports “the California Senate on Wednesday passed two bills that would require the state to create free, online textbooks through open source materials for the top 50 courses taught in the state…”

The article in the Associated Press says “the bills sought by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg would require the state to put out bids to create the open-source material for the top 50 college classes. It would be free on the Internet and allow students to buy printed copies at a low cost.”

  2013 Pricing from Duke University Press Is Now Available

Duke University Press has announced “that pricing for single journal titles, the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, and the e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collections is now available online.  Please visit the Library Resource Center at http://dukeupress.edu/libraries to download 2013 pricing information.

e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collections – Duke University Press offers two collections of journals in the humanities and social sciences. The Standard collection includes 35 titles in 2013; Expanded includes 40. Full back content is included for 15 titles.

e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection -The collection includes at least 100 new electronic books published by Duke University Press in 2013. Customers also receive access to over 1,400 backlist titles during the years in which they purchase the collection…”

Publishing Technology drives digital strategies for 10 more scholarly publishers

“Publishing Technology… announced agreements with 10 new scholarly publishers…  In a series of recent signings, content from six academic publishers is now open to the ingentaconnect network of over 25,000 libraries, including James Nicholas Publishers, Paris Legal Publishers, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Science International Corporation, the Association for Perioperative Practice and Rosenberg & Sellier Editori….”

OverDrive introduces browser-based ebook reader

Quoting a press release, TeleRead reports that OverDrive has announced plans “to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.”  Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates…  reading experience offering … benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.  Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device…”

Dr Helena Asamoah-Hassan honored as BioMed Central’s Open Access Advocate of the Year

“Open access publisher BioMed Central presented the Open Access Advocate of the Year award at their recent 6th Annual Research Awards ceremony held at Emirates Stadium, UK on Thursday 17th May. Dr Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian of the Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association was only the second individual winner of this prestigious award…”

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