News & Announcements 7/18/14

Net Neutrality Comments Filed with FCC by Higher Education and Library Coalition; IMLS Opens Nominations for 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service;  Odilio partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface; University of California Press partners with online platform Chegg;  Amazon Reveals Kindle Unlimited eBook Subscription Service; Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement; ProQuest introduces new interface for reports in 360 Counter; and KnowledgeSpeak also reports a number of new journal releases.

 Network_neutrality_symbol_english.svgNet Neutrality Comments Filed with FCC by Higher Education and Library Coalition

On July 18, 2014, a coalition of higher education and library organizations—including ARL—filed comments urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect and promote the open Internet.

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According to No Shelf Required the Colorado “statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs…”

University of California Press (UC Press) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with student hub, Chegg, to give students digital access to UC Press books. This partnership will make UC Press’s innovative, thought-provoking course books more accessible by allowing students to read them online at any time, from any device.

For more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library ServiceNomination forms are due October 15, 2014.

GalleyCat reports that “after rumors have been flying all week about Amazon getting into the eBook subscription business, the online retail giant has confirmed the service and has revealed the details. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited, a new eBook subscription service that operates as a kind of Netflix for eBooks. The service is available on Kindle devices, as well as on Kindle apps…”

GalleyCat also reports that “Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakProQuest has introduced a new interface for reports in 360 Counter. As of June 23, current 360 Counter customers were able to access the new interface for e-resource usage reporting, based on the Intota Assessment platform…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports the following new journal releases:

 

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