News You Need to Start the Week

National Library of New Zealand  creates ebooks;  Bibliotech all-digital library receives Texas  accreditation; ALA joins Apple, Microsoft in demanding surveillance transparency; Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. unveils preview issue of Soft Robotics; a new study of emerging technologies librarians; Google sells ebooks in more European countries; and MIT seeks to delay release of documents in Aaron Swartz hacking case

Citing a post entitled “Books on Screen” by he National Library of New Zealand has completed a pilot project, digitizing a random selection of out-of-print books, published between 1857 and 1988. This report (Books on Screen) looks at lessons learned and includes links to download PDF and ePub versions of the 36 titles.”

Citing  Texas Public Radio InfoDOCKET reports that  the Bexar County Bibliotech all-digital library has passed another milestone on its way to a grand opening in September, receiving its official accreditation.  The accreditation from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will allow the new library to operate for its first year.

ala_logo - librarygarden.netDistrict Dispatch reports that” the American Library Association (ALA) joined an unprecedented coalition of Internet companies and advocates to deliver a letter to the U.S. government demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of Internet and telephone communications…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has introduced a preview issue of Soft Robotics (SoRo), a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science and engineering of soft materials in mobile machines. The scope and contents of the journal capture the innovative research on robotic technology that is enabling robots to interact safely with living systems and to function in complex natural or human-built environments. Soft Robotics will be available online with Open Access options and in print.

books and computers (2)InfoDOCKET also take note of a paper that “will be presented at the 2013 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.  The full title is Study on Emerging Technologies Librarians: How a new Library Position and its Competencies are Evolving to Meet the Technology and Information Needs of Libraries and Their Patrons and it “examines the roles and responsibilities of the emerging technologies librarian to illuminate and maximize the possibilities of the position as libraries around the world provide new content in new mediums to an increasingly tech-savvy user group…”

Laura Hazard Owen reports in PaidContent that “Google has launched Books on Google Play in nine more European countries: The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. (Hat tip to Android Police.)

This means Google is now selling ebooks in 27 countries. In addition to the nine above, the list includes the U.S., U.K., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, South Korea and Spain.

According to this post in GIGAOM “the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, citing fear for the safety of its networks and employees, has taken the unusual step of intervening in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over files related to the late activist Aaron Swartz…”

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