News & Announcements 8/10/12

Today’s menu: a Univ. of Chicago/OUP partnership; an ALA ebook in public libraries report; CRL partners with the Linda Hall Library; Smashwords enables Library Direct ordering; and deadlines for OCLC grant applications.

University of Chicago Press Partners with OUP on E-book Platform

Publishers Weekly reports that “in a major deal, the University of Chicago Press … announced an agreement to partner with Oxford University Press to launch Chicago Scholarship Online via OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform. Chicago becomes the second major American university press to sign on to OUP’s e-book platform, following the University of California Press, which signed on last fall to launch California Scholarship Online, and the 10th press overall to partner with OUP on UPSO.

UPSO offers university presses their own individually-branded monograph repositories, powered by the Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) platform. UPSO is part of a growing field of university press-driven competitors in the digital monograph field, including efforts by Cambridge University Press, the University Press E-Book Consortium (which merged with Project Muse Editions last year), and, an e-book effort by JSTOR…”

American Library Association releases ‘Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries’

“Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),” a report that describes general features and attributes of the current e-book environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries…”

Center for Research Libraries and Linda Hall Library Strike Print Preservation Partnership

Library Journal reports on this  five-year strategic partnership that began July 1 between The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology (LHL).  Partially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the partnership “will preserve, provide access to, and further develop the two institutions’ combined collections of printed source materials, covering more than 50,000 journal titles, in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. CRL and LHL will make the material available electronically and through interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery to researchers through more than 260 CRL libraries in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong…”

Smashwords Adds Price Manager & Library Direct

According to GalleyCat, “self-publishing site Smashwords has updated its platform adding a new pricing tool and a new library feature. AppNewser has more: “The “Pricing Manager” feature lets authors and publishers set the retail price of their books within the dashboard of Smashwords. The second new feature is called Library Direct, which enables libraries and consortiums to place large orders with Smashwords and license eBooks in bulk…”

(More on Library Direct from PaidContent: Smashwords gets more self-published ebooks into libraries)

Deadline Approaches for LIS Faculty Research Grant Proposals

“OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), invite research proposals for the 2013 Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP). Awards of up to $15,000 are available to full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields.

Electronically submitted proposals for the 2013 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program are due by midnight Saturday, 15 September 2012.”

 

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