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A new acquisition by Bloomsbury; John Wiley’s OnlineOpen available to 81% of its authors; IBZ Online features open access journals; AAP supports Finch Report;  new European Library portal launched; HarperCollins joins The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London; and ARL 

 

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Acquisition of Applied Visual Arts Publishing

“Bloomsbury announces that it has today completed the purchase of Applied Visual Arts Publishing (“AVA”), creative publishers for the applied digital arts, from Applied Visual Arts Publishing SA and AVA Publishing (UK) Limited.

AVA, established in 2001 in Switzerland, with its English language editorial support office in Worthing, publishes between 20 and 30 books per annum for students and professionals in the applied visual arts. The books are written by leading academic authorities, and have been adopted by many hundreds of universities, colleges and higher education bodies around the world. AVA has a strong following within the design community. Their books are renowned for being design-led and have a particular appeal for visual learners…”

Wiley Extends Open Access Option to Over 80% of Journal

InfoDOCKET reports that “John Wiley & Sons  announced today that its open access option for individual journal articles, OnlineOpen, will be available to authors in 81% of the journals it publishes. OnlineOpen gives authors the option to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice where it will benefit from maximum impact…”

The IBZ Online Database Now Features Open Access Journals

According to this item in ResouceShelf  “IBZ Online, an international index of journal literature in the humanities and social sciences, now lists 1,323 open access journals that have never before been systematically indexed. Thanks to this new content, IBZ Online will add an additional 5,000 journal issues to its database each year, including 16,000 articles and 21,000 abstracts. The database is updated on an ongoing basis, and now contains over 3.3 million articles from approximately 11,500 journals.”

AAP supports Finch report recommendations for expanding access to research publications

Knowledge Speak reports that “the Association of American Publishers has joined stakeholders across the worldwide scientific community in commending ideas set forth by the Finch Group report, the British government-funded project to identify sustainable strategies that could effectively expand access to published scientific research. The report, ‘Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications’ is the result of a year-long initiative that brought together disparate stakeholders from academia, funding groups, libraries, learned societies and publishing…”

New European Library Portal Launched

This post from Information Today  discusses the launch of  “The European Library … a new discovery service that provides access to the collections of the national libraries of 46 European countries, plus a growing number of research libraries. Content accessible from the new service includes rare books, manuscripts, images, and video. The service allows users to cross-search 200 million records, covering more than 24 million pages of full-text information and more than 7 million digital objects. Users can export records to reference management services such as Mendeley, and from the end of 2012, registered users will be able to download and re-use metadata free of charge. To facilitate further research, links are provided to other websites in the Europeana group…”

HarperCollins To Join WSJ & Times of London In News Corp.’s. Split

“News Corp. confirmed rumors that the media company would be split into two entities, an entertainment business and a publishing business.  HarperCollins will join The Wall Street Journal and the Times of London in the publishing business. The Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network and 20th Century  Fox will become part of the entertainment division of the company…”

ARL Spring 2012 Membership Meeting Presentations Available

“Audio recordings and slides of many of the presentations from the ARL Membership Meeting held in Chicago last month are now available on the ARL website. Presentation topics include: the Digital Preservation Network, Diversity and Leadership Initiatives, Open Scholarship, the Balanced Scorecard, Research Identifiers, and 21st-Century Collections.”

 

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