News & Announcements 7/26/13

Library Copyright Alliance submits statement on copyright and innovation; Alexander Street Press launches patron-driven acquisitions; Semantico launch the Oxford eLearning platform for Oxford University Press; Christian Science Monitor to publish international business products; Elsevier and Dryad implement reciprocal linking; paper entitled “Born.Digital@British.Library…” to be presented at IFLA; Swets and JSTOR in deal to add JSTOR e-Book content into SwetsWise catalogue; and AAP announces new initiative advancing implementation of EPUB 3.

ccc Library Copyright Alliance Submits Statement to House Committee Regarding Copyright and Innovation

The Association of Research Libraries reports that “the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement on the role of copyright in innovation (PDF) to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. The committee has been conducting a series of hearings on copyright issues as a way to educate members and prepare for reform. Today, the committee is holding a hearing on innovation and copyright. Next week there will be a hearing on technology and copyright…”

“Alexander Street Press has forged an … agreement with the University of Dundee in Scotland that establishes the publisher as a key resource for patron-driven acquisition of library materials.

Beginning this month, patrons of the University of Dundee’s library will have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press’s complete suite of academic video titles—more than 23,000 titles—for one full year. At the conclusion of this period, university staff will use Alexander Street’s detailed metrics to evaluate the most-viewed titles and select those they’d like to incorporate into their permanent collection…”

Semantico is pleased to announce the launch of the Oxford eLearning (OeL) Books and Journals platform for Oxford University Press (OUP). OeL is delivered by Scolaris, Semantico’s award-winning content platform.

OeL is built to fulfil a wide variety of Professional Development (CPD), Continuing Medical Education (CME) or e-learning requirements. Many of the courses available through the platform are formally accredited by independent professional bodies.

In fall 2013, the Christian Science Monitor is launching a suite of three new premium publications that include World Business Monitor, World Risk Monitor, & Frontier Markets Monitor.  According to the press release  “each new product features timely, on-the-ground, forward-looking business insights – and each focuses on the critical political, security, and social responsibility risks that the Monitor’s global team is uniquely positioned to assess…”

Elsevierlogo120 Elsevier and Dryad Implement Reciprocal Linking Between Datasets and Published Research Articles

“Elsevier, … and the Dryad Digital Repository…  announced that they have implemented two-way linking between their respective content.

The Dryad Digital Repository provides facilities for archiving, discovery and accessibility of data files associated with any published article in the sciences or medicine, as well as software scripts and other files important to the article. Dryad is a nonprofit organization committed to its mission of making data publicly available for research and educational reuse. All datasets stored by Dryad receive persistent, resolvable Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to allow their proper citation…”

InfoDOCKET highlights this paper by Caroline Brazier of the British Library that describes “the recent evolution of the British Library’s collection development strategy and policies, to show how one of the largest research library collections in the world is making the transition to digital collecting.”   The paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2013 next month in Singapore.

According to a press release appearing in KnowledgeSpeaknformation services provider Swets, Netherlands, has signed a deal with JSTOR, the digital library of journals, books and primary sources, to make all of their eBook titles available to order directly through its SwetsWise platform. With over 20,000 current and backlist books available in the Books at JSTOR program, this adds a wealth of high-quality additional content into the already extensive SwetsWise catalogue.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced its support for the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace…



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