Today’s menu: LCA files an amicus curiae brief; Amazon poised to strike back with a 10″ Kindle; Indiana University establishes an Office of Scholarly Publishing; World Bank named as SPARC innovator; Camilla Alire named to the National Council on the Humanities; Princeton University Library puts Revolutionary-era texts online and Columbia University and Thomson Reuters launch joint project.

Lenders in the Courthouse

“The Library Copyright Alliance, a consortium of three major library associations, argues that a lower court’s ruling in John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Supap Kirtsaengcould make libraries liable for copyright infringement if they lend out library books and other materials that were “not lawfully manufactured in the United States” without purchasing expensive “lending licenses.” (Libraries, the alliance asserts, tend to have large numbers of foreign-made books in their collections.)…”  (See the next entry for more on this case.)

Association of Research Libraries Joins Library Groups in Support of Lending Rights

“Today the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), who all work collectively as the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), to file an amicus curiae brief (PDF) with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng in the case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & SonsWiley, a publisher of textbooks and other materials, claims Kirtsaeng infringed its copyrights by re-selling in the US cheaper foreign editions of Wiley textbooks that his family lawfully purchased abroad. The LCA believes an adverse decision in this case could affect libraries’ right to lend books and other materials manufactured abroad…

Amazon May Have 10″ Kindle Fire Out Soon

According to this report in GalleyCat “Amazon is not taking to competition from Google’s new tablet lightly. Rumors are circulating that the company is working on two new Kindle Fire tablets —  a 10-inch version and a new 7-inch “Coyote” version…  While it is still too early to tell when Amazon will release these new devices, with Google entering the ring, the sooner that Amazon can put out a new device, the better. AppNewser has more: “Last week Google released the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet computer that is a direct competitor with the Kindle Fire, in that it is designed to consume digital media content like apps, music, books and movies from Google Play.”

IU to establish new Office of Scholarly Publishing

“Indiana University will establish a new Office of Scholarly Publishing, newly appointed IU executive vice president and provost of the Bloomington campus Lauren Robel announced. The new office will assume operational responsibilities for IU Press, the university’s long-running academic publishing house, and several related university initiatives, as it aims to strengthen IU’s central missions of scholarship and teaching and create a model of effective, sustainable 21st-century academic publishing…”

SPARC Names the World Bank as June 2012 Innovator

For being a pioneer in sharing research on such a global scale, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition recognizes the World Bank as its June 2012 Innovator.

“The World Bank has taken a leadership role in opening up access to the wealth of information that it produces and funds,” says Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the SPARC in Washington, D.C. “They have thoughtfully and systematically applied the concept of Open Access to all of their research outputs, which has the potential to greatly enhance its impact. They are in a unique position to demonstrate the power that Open Access can have on their development agenda…”

Obama Nominates Former ALA President Camila A. Alire to Administration Post

Camila A. Alire, dean emerita of both the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. Ms Alire will begin serving in this advisory post after Senate confirmation. “As a National Council on the Humanities Member, Alire will join the board of twenty-six distinguished private citizens appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate in advising the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities…”

U.S. History: Princeton University Library Brings Revolutionary-era Texts Alive Online

InfoDOCKET reports that “nearly 150 books, pamphlets and prints from the Sid Lapidus ’59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution were recently digitized in their original form and are available online for free. Readers may virtually flip through the frayed-edge pages of “Common Sense,” which helped inspire the Declaration of Independence after it was published in 1776, or enlarge detailed text and images featured in the works of Founding Fathers John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and many others…”

Columbia University, Thomson Reuters launch data visualisation project

According to this post in Knowledge Speak “Columbia University and business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, have announced the launch of the Advanced Data Visualization Project (ADVP). The project, based at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), will be sponsored by Thomson Reuters. It is projected to facilitate research into data visualisation and its implications for academia and industry…”

 

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