News You Need to Start the Week

A new Spec Kit  From ARL; a mobile app for ALA Midwinter scheduling; Kansas State Library and ebook inequality; new ways to market physical books; the release of Koha 3.8.8; an international copyright treaty for sharing content with people with sight disabilities; and UKPMC Rebranded as Europe PMC.

 Art & Artifact Management, SPEC Kit 333, Published by ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Art & Artifact Management, SPEC Kit 333, which explores the scale and scope of art and artifact materials held by ARL member libraries, which tools and techniques they currently use to manage these collections, including those used by library staff only and those used to make information about these collections available to the public, and if there is evidence of a convergence of library, archive, and museum practices in the management of these collections.

Mobile app for ALA Midwinter Meeting Scheduler released

“Attendees can plan and keep track of everything while on the go at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The mobile app for the Scheduler puts all the information people need right at their fingertips, including their existing schedule, list of exhibitors and notes from the full Scheduler site. They just have to log in with the same username and password as on the Scheduler to access all of their existing conference information…”

 How Kansans Made Ebook Inequity Go Viral on Facebook

According to American Libraries the Kansas State Library has “created a Facebook page that lists ebook titles that publishers refuse to sell or license to libraries, as well as ebooks currently offered to libraries only at sky-high prices. Candace LeDuc, communications coordinator for the State Library of Kansas, says that the library specifically chose Facebook because the site can serve as an interactive forum for the community; the platform allows the library to build a large, public audience of library users and community supporters…”

Random House and Indigo Looking at New Ways to Market Physical Books

InfoDOCKET reporting some news from Canada notes that “both Indigo Books & Music and Random House of Canada say they’re looking at new ways to market their print books to entice readers to buy them.  “We believe that for people to buy them for themselves or as gifts, they need to look great, so I think that’s a good thing,” says Brad Martin, president and CEO of Random House of Canada.  “I don’t believe anybody believes that the physical format is ever going to go away and we’ve put a lot of effort into making some truly unique, beautiful books,” adds Bahram Olfati, vice president of trade books at Indigo Books & Music Inc…”

Koha 3.8.8 released

The Koha has announced “the release of Koha 3.8.8. This is a maintenance release and contains bugfixes please read the full release notes… Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types.”

 One step toward ending the book famine

District Dispatch reports that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly has decided “to convene a Diplomatic Conference in Morocco in June 2013 to finalize negotiations on an international copyright treaty that would allow for the cross-border sharing of accessible content to people with print disabilities around the world…

UKPMC Rebranded as Europe PMC

In case you missed it (we did), “UKPMC was renamed Europe PMC as of November 1, 2012. Europe PMC is an outgrowth and expansion of UKPMC, which was first launched in January 2007 with sponsorship from the Wellcome Trust and several other funders of biomedical research in the UK. Europe PMC receives all of its final published articles directly from the U.S. PMC archive. It also accepts and processes author manuscripts of journal articles funded by the Europe PMC sponsoring agencies and makes them available to U.S. PMC and PMC Canada. For more information, see PMC International.

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