News & Announcements 2/6/15

clock-public domain pixabayALA welcomes strong network neutrality protections proposed by FCC Chairman; Librarian Says Academic Press Has Settled Lingering Lawsuit Against Him; Literary Hub Is a New Home for Book Lovers; New Working Group to Chart the Course for the National Library of Medicine (NLM)Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Publishes Interoperability Roadmap Gale enhances accessibility and usability in GVRL, InfoTrac and InContext products; Ingram Announces Plans to Release New Web-Based Interactive Collection Analysis Tool; Springer cooperates with MOOC organisers worldwide; and Elsevier announces agreement to participate in CLOCKSS archiving of ebooks.


ALA News reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) welcomes the affirmation of strong network neutrality protections” in Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler network neutrality proposal…

 “The ALA commends the Chairman for asserting FCC authority under both Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to provide the strongest possible legal foundation for network neutrality rules,” said Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. “We also are pleased these rules will apply to both fixed and mobile broadband, which ALA has long advocated…”


According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “the Edwin Mellen Press’s lawsuit against a blogger who criticized it appears to have come to an end.

The case started in 2012, when Herbert Richardson, the press’s founder, sued Dale Askey, a librarian at McMaster University, in Ontario, for more than $1-million over his assertions in a blog post two years earlier. Mr. Askey had called the press “a dubious publisher” and some of its books “second-class scholarship.” Many in academe viewed the lawsuit as a bullying tactic and a violation of academic freedom…”


by Shachar Ablry [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flicka

by Shachar Ablry [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flicka

The Wall Street Journal reports that “Grove Atlantic President and Publisher Morgan Entrekin… along with a broad group of publishers, literary magazines and booksellers, is developing a website styled as a Huffington Post for the literary world—a one-stop shop of bookish aggregation.

The site, scheduled to go live on April 8, is called Literary Hub. Focusing on literary fiction and nonfiction, it will present personal and critical essays, interviews and book excerpts contributed by nearly 70 partners ranging from the small press New Directions to heavyweights such as Scribner, Knopf and Farrar, Straus and Giroux…”


InfoDOCKET reports that following the retirement of Dr. Donald LindbergDr. Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health has “assembled an excellent team of experts across sectors in many disciplines — biomedical research, bioinformatics, library sciences, publishing, and patient care…


Also according to InfoDOCKET the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the publication of the COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability. … This document is the culmination of over a year’s work to identify priority issues for repository interoperability. The preparation of the roadmap was spearheaded by Friedrich Summann from Bielefeld University in Germany, with support from a COAR Editorial Group and input from an international Expert Advisory Panel…”


No Shelf Required reports that  “Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will introduce a number of enhancements to its most widely-used product lines – GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context, including the optimization for mobile devices through responsive design. The adoption of a common design and toolset across all products will provide a unified experience as researchers move from one resource to the next, while other changes will enhance accessibility for those with disabilities and increase usability overall for desktop and mobile researchers…”


metricsDigital Shift reports that “Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc.company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool.

It gives libraries access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available on library circulation, retail sales data, title data


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “effective immediately, the organisers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can negotiate special rates regarding the purchase of Springer print and eBooks. Students who have registered for a free online course can order these books through a special URL. Additional types of content, for example journal articles, can also be provided for use as course material at a reduced rate…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that Elsevier has announced its agreement to participate in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) archiving of ebooks. CLOCKSS is a community-governed archive committed to open access.

As a not-for-profit venture between academic publishers and research libraries, CLOCKSS is building a sustainable, geographically distributed archive. This ensures the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications, such as Elsevier science and technology ebooks, for the benefit of the greater global research community…”

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