News & Announcements 4/19/13

ARL and Society of American Archivists awarded IMLS grant; DPLA opens for business;  Cuts at Cengage Learning; Mellon grant awarded to NISO; More than 50 Million in U.S. read ebook in 2012; Penguin proposes to terminate agency agreements in Europe; and Ingram and EBL collaborate adding ebooks to OASIS

ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have been awarded a $487,652 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program in support of the new ARL/SAA Mosaic Scholarship Program—a diversity recruitment program that seeks to attract students to the archives and special collections profession and provide support for them during graduate school. The program will provide a full suite of financial benefits and career development and placement support to 15 students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups entering academic studies in archival science, special collections librarianship, or similar graduate programs.

Free database offers access to archives

The Boston Globe reports that “millions of digitized books, pictures, and manuscripts from the nation’s top public and academic libraries are now available in one spot. It isn’t Amazon or Google, and it’s free.

The privately funded Digital Public Library of America was launched Thursday and provides users with access to the digital archives of institutions ranging from national the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution to local historical societies.

Among 2.4 million works, visitors to the site, dp.la, can find a Boston Public Library picture of Babe Ruth in a Red Sox jersey taken in 1915 or more than 32,000 maps from collector David Rumsey in San Francisco.

According to GalleyCat “Cengage Learning mounted a reorganization this week, making some cuts. Evidently GalleyCat “reached out for clarification about the cuts and received this brief statement from the company:

The reorganization of our Product and Technology organizations will benefit our customers, encourage greater collaboration between our market-aligned teams, and increase our speed to market. Some positions have been eliminated, and newly created positions are going to be filled as we focus product development efforts on improving the user experience and delivering superior outcomes.”

 Mellon Grant Awarded to NISO to Encode E-Resource License Templates in ONIX-PL

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the National Information Standards Organization a grant to support the encoding of a collection of template licenses for e-resources into the ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) format. The encodings will be deposited into the GOKb and KB+ knowledgebase for free distribution to the library, publishing, and library systems community…”

“Simba Information…  has released the fifth edition of its Trade E-Book Publishing report series, which has closely followed the digital book market since 2009. While the fourth edition correctly predicted what is widely referred to as the ’2012 slowdown’ in e-book adoption, the data in Trade E-Book Publishing 2013 shows that the number of e-book users did climb in 2012 to pass 50 million adults, but how they use e-books, what devices are used, what extent they buy and how much money they spend on content has changed to make the industry a lot tougher to navigate…”

GalleyCat also notes that “Penguin has proposed to drop the agency eBook pricing model in the European Economic Area following similar deals from Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, and Holtzbrinck last year.

They cite a European Commission press release from AppNewser:

“In the proposed commitments, Penguin offers to terminate existing agency agreements and refrain from adopting price MFN clauses for five years. In case Penguin would enter into new agency agreements, retailers would be free to set the retail price of e-books during a two-year period, provided the aggregate value of price discounts granted by retailers does not exceed the total annual amount of the commissions that the retailer receives from the publisher.”

“Ingram Content Group Inc., and EBL – Ebook Library…today announced an agreement that will allow libraries to search and purchase EBL e-book content on the Ingram OASIS® content platform for academic libraries worldwide…

 Through the alliance with EBL, Ingram will add more than 325,000 EBL e-book titles to the OASIS platform, substantially growing the selection of e-content available to libraries. Users of the OASIS platform can view and select from an expanded selection of e-books alongside print books, with no changes to existing and preferred workflows. Billing will be consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all EBL content…

 

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