News & Announcements 11/13/12

Authors Guild reacts to Penguin-Random House merger;  LibLime releases Koha 4.14 with Solr; Google asks courts to throw out a book-scanning lawsuit; OCLC expands partnership with Goodreads; Gale announces the winner of the Out-of-the-Box Marketing Contest; and News from ACRL

Authors Guild calls Penguin-Random House merger ‘unsettling’

In response to the Penguin-Random House merger the Authors Guild has “released a statement … warning that the new publishing giant may have a negative effect on the overall industry.  In its statement, the Authors Guild suggested that the actual market share controlled by Penguin Random House will likely be greater than the stated 25 percent. They argue that the figure is closer to 35 %  and warrants “that either the Federal Trade Commission or Justice Department should look into potential antitrust issues.”

LibLime Announces Production Release of LibLime Koha 4.14 With Solr

According to Information Today LibLime  “announced the public release of LibLime Koha 4.14 with the Lucene Solr search engine. Solr is the popular open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project…

LibLime Koha 4.14 fully integrates Solr into all areas where searches are executed for both staff and OPAC including: OPAC basic search page, OPAC advanced search page, staff landing page search box, staff advanced search, staff search for cataloging, and the persistent staff masthead search box…”

 Google asks court to ax book-scanning suit from Authors Guild

According to Lance Whitney of C|NET, “Google is trying to convince the courts to throw out a book-scanning lawsuit filed against it by the Authors Guild.

In a brief submitted to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday, Google argued that a suit filed on behalf of all authors whose books have been scanned shouldn’t be allowed because most authors support the scanning.

Backing up its claim, the company yet again cited a survey that found 58 percent of the authors polled approved of Google scanning their books so the content could be searched online. A full 45 percent said they had already seen or expect to see higher demand for their books as a result of the scanning. And 19 percent said they’ve benefited financially from the scanning…”

Goodreads and OCLC work together to provide greater visibility for public libraries online

Library Technology Guides reports that “OCLC has expanded its strategic partnership with Goodreads…  to help provide greater visibility for all libraries. The new agreement pledges to improve Goodreads members’ experience of finding fresh, new things to read through libraries. It will also provide libraries with a way to reach this key group of dedicated readers through social media. As a WorldCat.org traffic partner since 2007, Goodreads has sent more than 5 million Web referrals to WorldCat.org…”

 Gale Names Auraria Library Winner of the ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Marketing Contest

Gale announced “that Auraria Library in Denver, Colorado is the winner of the Out-of-the-Box Marketing Contest, launched in September at R-Squared– The Risk and Reward Conference.  Auraria Library will receive $5,000 from Gale to make its marketing idea a reality… Submissions were evaluated on their originality, whether they were exciting, different and risky, as well as the actionability of the idea. Auraria Library’s campaign “Books and Boards” was selected as the winner…”

The Auraria Library is “a tri-institutional library serving three separate institutions of higher education in downtown Denver.

SELECTED NEWS FROM ACRL:

New Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency For Academic Libraries
The ACRL Board of Directors has approved new “Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries.” Developed by the ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee, the standards emphasize the need and obligation for academic and research libraries to serve, and advocate for, racial and ethnically diverse constituencies. As visionary leaders open to change, new ideas and global perspectives, ACRL is committed to diversity of people and ideas. The new standards provide a framework to support libraries in engaging the complexities of providing services to diverse populations, and recruiting and maintaining a diverse library workforce. The full “Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries” are freely available on the ACRL website and in the October 2012 issue of C&RL News.
C&RL News Reader Survey
The C&RL News Editorial Board is conducting a reader survey to get input on contents. What’s in the News that you like and that you find relevant to your work? What’s missing? We need your perspective to create a diverse and content-rich publication that meets the needs of academic and research librarians. The survey is available through December 14, 2012.
Guidelines for University Library Services To Undergraduate Students Draft Revision
The ACRL Undergraduate Librarians Discussion Group is now soliciting comments on a draft revision of the “Guidelines for University Library Services to Undergraduate Students.” The draft revision (PDF) would supersede the guidelines developed and published in June 2005. Review the draft (PDF) and send comments to Discussion Group Convener Pam MacKintosh at pmackin@umich.edu by Friday, December 14, 2012.


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