ATG News You Need to Start the Week

clock-public domain pixabay*Authors Guild, Barnes & Noble, others file brief supporting Apple in Supreme Court appeal of e-book antitrust case;   *ALA, BISG announce results of new joint study on print, digital library usage;    *American Library Association responds to Penguin Random House e-book licensing announcement;   *Backstage Library Works and Center for Research Libraries reach 20 year milestone with renewed preservation agreement;   *After Two Years of Work Neil Armstrong Collection Finds its Home in Purdue Archives… ;    *University of Illinois Awarded Mellon Grant to Explore Linked Open Data (LOD) For Digitized Library Special Collections;    *American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Adds List of Early Public Television Content To Website plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

AppleInsider reports that “several organizations — the Authors Guild, Authors United, Barnes & Noble, and the American Booksellers Association — have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, backing Apple in its attempt to appeal a 2013 antitrust case over e-book deals…”

ALAnews reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) have released the results of their first joint research initiative, “Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?” Library patrons were asked about preferences for print or digital formats, collection assessment, preferred devices and other issues that affect the use and distribution of published content in public libraries. The study will serve as a tool to furthering the understanding of the e-book marketplace…”  

ALAnews also reports that “responding to a Penguin Random House announcement today that it will implement perpetual access for all of its e-book titles and cap prices per title, the American Library Association (ALA) said it welcomes improvement in long-term access and pricing, but noted that the new cap of $65 continues a significant premium over consumer e-book and library print titles. The new regime will phase out the Penguin model of one-year lending and reduce the price for some previous Random House titles with a $65 cap on all Penguin Random House e-titles starting January 1, 2016…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “after 20 successful years, Backstage Library Works and Center for Research Libraries are continuing to work together to preserve historically important documentation and newspapers from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America and Slavic East Europe…”

According to infoDOCKET “after more than two years of work, archivists Tracy Grimm, Mary Sego and graduate student Donovan Irven were able to completely catalog all of the documents, artifacts and photographs Armstrong donated to the University.

“The collection is about 213 cubic feet, all together,” said Grimm.

The collection includes a myriad of different artifacts from Armstrong’s life, and not only his time after becoming a world-renowned astronaut, but also his childhood, teenage years and time at Purdue…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a new research grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the benefits for users of linked open data (LOD) for digitized library special collections.

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “lists of NET Series Titles and Individual Program Titles ” have been posted “on the AAPB website, as part of the National Educational Television (NET) Collection Catalog Project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

To read more about the history and significance of NET, public television’s first national programming network, check out our September update…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

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