News & Announcements 1/25/13

In the News: Macmillan starts ebook pilot with Overdrive; Reveal Digital launches at Midwinter ALA; a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project on libraries; American Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing partner on new thesaurus; Michael Panzer named Editor-in-Chief of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system; Wolper a finalist for national customer service award.

Macmillan Launching Library eBook Pilot with OverDrive

 Macmillan Publishers…, announced today an agreement to make a collection of popular eBooks available to libraries via OverDrive before the end of the first quarter. Under the pilot program, OverDrive-powered libraries will have access to more than 1,200 titles from Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint, featuring award-winning authors such as Olen Steinhauser and Julia Spencer-Fleming.

“With a mission to make special collection material more meaningful and accessible to students, faculty and researchers through aggregation and digitization, the new company Reveal Digital officially launches today at the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association.
Founded by digitization veteran Jeff Moyer, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based business is working in true partnership with libraries to bring unique content into the digital world. Using a cost-recovery business model, the company’s approach ensures that resulting collections are affordable and relevant for libraries.
“This framework provides a viable alternative to mass digitization efforts,” said Moyer. “In fact, it puts complete control in the hands of the libraries, from selecting and prioritizing which collections are developed to balancing the tradeoffs between features, functionality and price. All content will ultimately become available in an open access environment.a new company Reveal Digital officially launches today at the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association…”

Americans Call for Libraries to Provide More Ebooks

Digital Book World reports on the latest survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Library Services in the Digital Age that ” just over half of Americans say libraries should “definitely” offer a broader selection of ebooks…

When asked whether libraries should be “offering a broader selection of ebooks, 53% of Americans said it was something they should “definitely do.”

A new astronomy thesaurus called the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) will help improve future information discovery for researchers.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and IOP Publishing (IOP) collaborated on the new thesaurus, making it a gift to the American Astronomical Society (AAS).  AAS will be making the UAT freely available for development and use within the astronomy community, while ensuring the thesaurus remains relevant and useful.

Michael Panzer named Editor-in-Chief of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system

Michael Panzer, formerly Assistant Editor, has been named the 10th Editor-in-Chief of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

Mr. Panzer, who becomes the first DDC Editor-in-Chief from outside the United States, replaces Joan S. Mitchell, who has retired after serving with distinction in the position since 1993.

Wolper a finalist for national customer service award for 2nd straight year

Library Technology Guides reports that “Wolper Information Services was named a Finalist today in the Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year category in the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is the second year that Wolper has been recognized. In 2012, Wolper was a Bronze winner in the same category…”

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