ATG News & Announcements 3/15/16

etextbooks*Live Today: U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on Library of Congress FY 2017 Budget Request;   *System Loads Web Pages 34 Percent Faster By Fetching Files More Effectively;   *ProQuest Launches Ebook Central;   *Book Industry Data Remains Mysterious at Digital Book World;   *ALA/ ACRL Election Opens Today;   *YBP Library Services Partners with Rittenhouse Book Distributors;  and   *Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

infoDOCKET reports that “the Library of Congress FY17 budget request hearing before the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to being sometime around 3 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed live here.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao will testify…

The U.S. Copyright Office is a part of LC and the United States Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante is scheduled to attend the hearing.  Pallante has also submitted a written statement that’s now available online. It’s titled, Fiscal 2017 Budget Request for the U.S. Copyright Office.

infoDOCKET also notes that “researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard University have developed a system that decreases page-load times by 34 percent.

Dubbed “Polaris,” the framework determines how to overlap the downloading of a page…

According to this press release … ProQuest launched its highly-anticipated ProQuest Ebook Central™ today…

At the core of Ebook Central is an … selection of authoritative, scholarly content — 790,000 titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers on one platform. An average of 100,000 newly published titles will be added each year to so that libraries can build dynamic collections that address the unique needs of their community of researchers…

According to BookBusiness “day two of the Digital Book World Conference opened with a focus on data, particularly data that examines industry-wide bookselling trends. Unfortunately, it’s clear that much of this data is largely incomplete and the conclusions publishers can pull from it are shaky at best…

ACRL Insider reports that “voting in the 2016 ALA/ACRL election opens today, March 15! ALA members will receive an email announcement containing voting instructions. The polls close at 11:59 p.m. Central on April 22.

Additional information on the election and candidates for ACRL and ALA office is available on the ACRL election webpage

Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. will now offer its R2 Digital Library through YBP Library ServicesGOBI acquisition platform. This partnership provides thousands of top health sciences e-books from Rittenhouse to the academic libraries served by GOBI. Once purchased through GOBI, the e-books are available instantly.

The partnership combines Rittenhouse’s strength in the medical space with GOBI’s large reach to provide academic customers with a comprehensive collection of medical, nursing and allied health e-books from key STM publishers.

Also according to infoDOCKET “the University of Pennsylvania and National Library of Laos have launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts as a resource for the study of traditional literature from this region. At present, the digital library contains images of over 4,200 manuscripts which can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded, and to which more manuscripts will be added subsequently…”


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