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2012 Ithaka survey of faculty attitudes is available; Credo releases student information literacy findings; EU clears Random House/Penguin merger; those preferring tablets continues to grow; ProQuest expand access to international dissertations; the premier issue of New Space journal launched; the Springer Book Archives now has 72,000 titles; 

 2012 Ithaka survey of faculty attitudes released

According to the Ithaka website “findings from this cycle of the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey will provide colleges and universities, libraries, learned societies, and academic publishers with insight into the evolving attitudes and practices of faculty members in the context of substantial environmental change for higher education.

The development of the 2012 questionnaire was guided by an advisory committee of librarians, publishers, policy makers, and a scholarly society executive. The overall project was supported by some 20 colleges and universities, learned societies, and publishers / vendors.

InfoDOCKET reports that “Credo today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available.

“The students’ answers were quite revealing,” said Mike Sweet, Credo’s CEO.  “All of the questions were submitted by librarians and many addressed themes that other information skills studies have attempted to address. By layering librarian-suggested questions with pedagogical theories related to assessment, we were able to see exactly where students fall short in the application of information skills. We hope that these results empower librarians to help students in this key area of need…

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EU clears Random House, Penguin merger deal

According to the Huffington Post The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Friday gave its green light to the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House that will create the world’s largest book publisher…

Still, the deal does “not raise competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face several strong competitors,” the EU Commission said in a statement.

The decision follows a similar unconditional green light by U.S. antitrust authorities in February. The Canadian Competition Bureau and other regulators are still reviewing the deal’s impact…”

Digital Book World reports that “nearly half of ebook readers prefer to read on tablets and the number of readers who prefer a tablet is growing while the number who prefer a dedicated e-reader is shrinking, a new study shows.

According to the first edition of the fourth volume of the Consumers Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey from the Book Industry Study Group and Bowker, 44% of ebook readers prefer a tablet, up from 37% in Aug. 2012. At the same time 42% prefer to read on a dedicated e-reader, down from 49% in Aug. 2012…”

ProQuest Partnerships Expand Access to International Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest is digitizing more than 15,000 dissertations from … European universities, providing broad, online access to these works for the first time. Digital discovery of the works from University College London, University of Aberdeen, Cardiff University, University of Leicester, University of Bath and University of Valencia will be through the universities’ institutional repositories (IRs) and in the fourth quarter of 2013, through PQDT Global, a new resource for search and discovery of graduate works in emerging research areas from the world’s top universities.

According to this press release “New Space  … a peer-reviewed Journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers  launched its inaugural issue (http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/space/1/1) at the 29th National Space Symposium being held April 8-11 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. Spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief Professor Scott Hubbard from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, the Journal facilitates the emerging multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial opportunities for space-based collaborations of industry, academia, and government. New Space is published quarterly online with Open Access (http://www.liebertpub.com/openaccess/new-space/610/) options and in print…”

The Springer Book Archives now contain 72,000 titles

Library Technology Guides reports that “Springer announced that the Springer Book Archives (SBA) now contain 72,000 eBooks. This news represents the latest developments in a project that seeks to digitize nearly every Springer book ever published, dating back to 1842 when the publishing company was founded. The titles are being digitized and made available again for the scientific community through SpringerLink…”

 

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