News & Announcements 7/10/14

Amazon Angles to Attract Hachette’s Authors to Its Side; Mellon Foundation Provides $400,000 in Funding to University of Missouri Libraries For Recovery of Materials Damaged by Mold; A New Reference Resource: USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer; The Five Laws of Library Science: INFOGRAPHIC; John Wiley & Sons announces addition of Altmetric data to its journal program; SAGE retracts 60 articles implicated in a peer review and citation ring…; and Infotrieve Develops Text-Mining Solution

According to the New York Times the confrontation between Amazon and Hachette is growing louder and meaner, as the combatants drop all pretense that this is a reasonable dispute among reasonable people.

Amazon has proposed giving Hachette’s authors all the revenue from their e-book sales on Amazon as the parties continue to negotiate a new contract. Hachette’s response on Tuesday was to suggest that the retailer was trying to make it commit suicide…”

(See Also: Amazon Makes Author-Friendly Offer to Hachette from GalleyCat)

Teleread reports that “the National Library of Irelandhas partnered with the Zurich James Joyce Foundation to put a previously inaccessible collection of papers, manuscripts, and personal documents by and about James Joyce online, now publicly available here…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “the University of Missouri (MU) Libraries have received $400,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support remediation or content replacement of materials damaged by an extensive mold outbreak in an off-site storage facility. This outbreak, discovered in October 2013, is presumed to have contaminated all of the approximately 600,000 volumes housed in that facility…”

InfoDOCKET also notes that “two of the nation’s most authoritative mapping sources, the U.S. Geological Survey and Esri, have partnered to put the rich tapestry of U.S. Historical Maps into the hands of everyone. Available in time for the Fourth of July and able to be accessed on all digital devices, the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer brings to life more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006…”

GalleyCat reports that “USC Online has created an infographic called, “The Five Laws of Library Science,” which explores five principles which can help guide the practices of librarians.

According to the graphic, almost 2.5 million public library books were circulated between more than 1.5 million people in 2011. The graphic also points out that there is more than 120,000 libraries in the U.S…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the addition of Altmetric data to its journal program, a service that provides a more complete picture of how users engage with scholarly research online. Following the success of a six-month pilot on Wiley Open Access titles in 2013, the service will be available for all journals by the end of July…”

KnowledgeSpeak is also reporting that “SAGE has announced the retraction of 60 articles implicated in a peer review and citation ring at the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC). The full extent of the peer review ring has been uncovered following a 14 month SAGE-led investigation, and centres on the strongly suspected misconduct of Peter Chen, formerly of National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan (NPUE) and possibly other authors at this institution…”

According to Information Today “Infotrieve completed a pilot project with help from biopharmaceutical company UCB that included the successful implementation of a beta text-mining solution. The solution leverages the capabilities of Infotrieve’s Mobile Library…”

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