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media - macbook-pixabay*A new Project Gutenberg gem: The Art of Aubrey Beardsley;   *Yale Showcases 170,000 Incredible Photos of Depression-Era America;   *3M is Out of the Library eBook Business;  *SPARC applauds introduction of the Affordable College Textbook Act of 2015;   *New Pew Analysis Reports on Growth of Social Media Usage (2005-2015) in U.S.;   *Penn State University: Palmer Museum of Art Collection Now Available Online;   *Library Support Staff Resource Center available*ALA urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act;   *Archived copy of CopyTalk webinar now available;   *DPLA Receives $250,000 from Anonymous Donor to Expand Technical Capabilities;  *Cambridge University Press and CLOCKSS announce preservation deal;   *Figshare announces next-generation of data management platform targeted at researchers, funders and publishers;  plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

TeleRead reports that “Project Gutenberg continues to showcase what public domain is all about. And it’s just released another gem. This time, it’s The Art of Aubrey Beardsley, a 1918 illustrated edition of the work of the celebrated English aesthete, decadent graphic artist and erotic writer, originally published by Boni and Liveright in New York. It has a preface by Arthur Symons, himself a poet and critic of no mean renown, and 64 beautifully reproduced plates of Beardsley’s original work…”

According to GIZMOTO “the photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history… Yale just released a terrific database of 170,000 of them.

The … smooth design of Yale’s so-called Photogrammer is a pleasure to browse. It’s just a map of the United States where each county is clickable. Simply find the area you want to explore, just as you might on Google Maps, and the interactive database will show you photos spanning from 1935 to 1945…”

The Digital Reader reports that “3M’s library division has been bought by Bibliotheca, a company that describes itself as “the largest global company dedicated to the development, deployment, and support of self-service library solutions”.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the press release does mention that today’s deal covers the purchase of 3M Library Systems’ North American business, and includes agreements to buy the international business as well…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak  “SPARC, … has applauded the introduction of the Affordable College Textbook Act of 2015, which would reduce the cost of college textbooks by expanding the use of open educational resources. The bill was introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO)…”

infoDOCKET reports that “a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “The Palmer Museum of Art’s collection is now available online, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Art History’s Visual Resources Centre (VRC), with the assistance of Publishing and Curation Services in the University Libraries and the Palmer Museum staff. Representing more than 7,000 works, the collection is publicly accessible through the University Libraries Digital Collections at

According to ALANews “a Library Support Staff Online Resource Center is now available through the American Library Association (ALA).  This newly-revised website is designed to provide resources of interest for library support staff, paraprofessionals and those interested in library work.  It is divided into several major sections for ease of use…”

District Dispatch reports that “ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community…

The legislation addresses the growing digital divide and learning gaps between students with and without access to the Internet at home…”

In addition, District Dispatch also points out that “if you missed the October 1st webinar “Trans-Pacific Partnership” with Krista Cox, Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) you can now access it in our CopyTalk archive. Krista discussed what we know about this trade agreement gleaned from leaked documents…”

The Digital Public Library of America has announced “that an anonymous donor has committed to provide substantial support towards DPLA’s mission in the form of a $250,000 grant to strengthen DPLA’s technical capabilities. This grant will allow DPLA to expand its technology team to handle additional content ingestion and to implement important new features based around its platform and website…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports thatthe CLOCKSS Archive has partnered with Cambridge University Press to preserve their ejournals in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a “trigger event” and ensures an author’s work will be maximally accessible and useful over time…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that”  Figshare, … has announced the next-generation of its data management platform targeted at researchers – ranging from individuals to teams in all-sized organisations – as well as funders and publishers…”



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