ATG News & Announcements 2/2/16

hand_over_keyboardAcademic Librarians’ Views on Their Spaces;   *Perceptions 2015: An International Survey of Library Automation’  *Artstor and ITHAKA Join Forces;  *U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Declines 2% in First 3 Quarters of 2015;  *February’s C&RL News is now freely available online;  *Cornell University Library Launches Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), Linked Open Data Also Available;  *The Library of Congress Releases FY2015 Collection Statistics…;   *Montana State University and Yellowstone National Park Launch Curated Audio Collection Online  *AAP welcomes Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force White Paper;  and *New CopyrightsNow App provides Apple and Android Mobile Users U. S. Copyright Registration and Protection;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.  

This post from Insider Higher ED cites a survey of academic librarians by the Sasaki Associates, that “when colleges and universities renovate their libraries, the changes they make often don’t align with the priorities of librarians themselves… The survey, of more than 400 librarians at nearly 200 institutions, found, for example, that 18 percent of renovations of libraries removed shelving when only 1 percent of librarians ranked the removal as a high priority, and 11 percent installed cafes when only 3 percent believed that to be a high priority.

Marshall Breeding, Editor, Library Technology Guides has posted this report based on their last library automation perceptions survey.  “Some interesting themes can be seen in the analysis of this year’s survey results. Libraries using legacy products seem poised to move on to new systems. Those now using products like Aleph, Voyager, and Millennium show ever growing interest in migrating to new systems. Open source products achieve satisfaction levels similar to proprietary products. Results also indicate a tendency for libraries at least consider products offered by their incumbent vendor. Smaller libraries show much more delight with their products and vendors. Large libraries judge on a much more severe scale…” 

According to this press release, “James Shulman, President of Artstor, and Kevin Guthrie, President of ITHAKA, today announced a new strategic alliance between the two nonprofit organizations that will benefit thousands of colleges, universities, schools, museums, and other educational institutions. Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R…”

Book Business reports that “this week the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released Q3 revenue numbers from more than 1,200 trade, K-12, higher education, university press, and professional publishers. The data spans January to September of 2015, and compared to the same period in 2014, publishers’ net revenue declined 2% from $12.1 billion to $11.9 billion. Driving much of the decline, as Book Business blogger Caleb Mason predicted last week, was a significant drop in ebook revenue. Net revenue for ebooks declined 11.1%, the majority of which came from a significant 44.8% drop in the children and YA category…”

College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official newsmagazine and publication of record of ACRL

infoDOCKET reports that “students and scholars can now freely search a new database of Latin and Greek authors that provides links to online versions of their works.

The database, the Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), contains metadata about 5,200 works by 1,500 ancient authors, allowing users with a limited knowledge of the classics’ canonical citation system to simply link to passages of digital texts…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats.

The daily business of being the world’s largest library, the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and a supportive agency to the U.S. Congress resulted in the Library adding 1.7 million physical items to its permanent collections, registering more than 443,000 copyright claims and responding to more than 1 million reference requests from Congress, the public and other federal agencies in fiscal year 2015…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “Yellowstone National Park and the Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University Library announced today the launch of the Yellowstone Collection, a curated compilation of field recordings and a developing podcast series highlighting America’s first national park…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “ The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has welcomed the newly-released U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force ‘White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages.’ It offers well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations that reflect a thorough analysis of diverse stakeholder views on these issues of current copyright law…”

Library Technology Guides notes that Digi-Rights, creators of the CopyrightsNow service, a… mobile app that simplifies copyright registration and protection for creative works, is teaming with ProQuest affiliate Bowker to expand access to CopyrightsNow for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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