News & Announcements 7/20/12

Today news includes an announcement from Penguin; a Pew Report on Big Data; and the  IMLS’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant; 

Penguin Buys Self-Publishing Platform Author Solutions for $116 Million

“In a bid to take a leading position in the growing self-publishing market, Penguin has acquired self-publishing platform Author Solutions from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo, Calif.-based venture-capital and private-equity firm, for $116 million.

The acquisition comes less than a year after Penguin launched its own self-publishing platform, Book Country, and at a time when self-publishing firms are jockeying for favor with authors by offering new features and lower prices. A company statement about the acquisition did not mention Book Country…”

 

The Future of Big Data

According to Clifford Lynch,  Director of CNI, “The Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project has just released a report on the future of big data; as with a number of other reports in their “Future of the Internet” series done in collaboration with the Elon University “Imagining the Internet” project, it’s a compilation of comments on some specific questions by a wide variety of people that are collected together with some synthesis. These can be quite helpful in getting a sense of the range of (often quite informed) opinion on the issues.”

 

Call for Applications: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Deadline: September 17, 2012

Getting Your Questions Answered
We are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants. See the contact information below.

We also invite you to participate in one of two pre-application web conferences to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The web conference schedule for the FY13 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program is as follows:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 3:00-4:00. Eastern Time

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 3:00-4:00. Eastern Time

A few minutes before the start time, go to the following web page through your browser: https://imls.megameeting.com/ωpage=guest&conid=2013_LB21_Webin​ar_for_Applicants

You will be asked to enter your name and your e-mail address. For the audio connection on Wednesday, July 25, dial 866-299-7945 on your phone, and when prompted, enter the code 9910420#. For the audio connection on Tuesday, August 14, dial 888-272-8702 on your phone, and when prompted, enter the code 2053175#…

 

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