ATG News & Announcements 6/11/16

news updates-pixabay*Author Earnings Posts New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing;   *Good News for Library Funding From Senate Appropriations Committee;   *Robotic librarians hit the books;    *ProQuest completes digitisation of rare books at Wellcome Library;   *ALA Posts Final Report of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;   *ACRL Joins In Opposing California Law to Exert Copyright Over Public Records;   *Princeton University Library Opens Major Portion of Toni Morrison Papers Now Open to Students, Scholars;   *ProQuest completes digitisation of rare books at Wellcome Library;  and Gale contest calls on libraries to share My Library Pic plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

DBW reports that Author Earnings has posted a new report … on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses.

According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at the 157,000 ebooks from the Big Five, “a significant shift” is seen.

The average price of a Big Five ebook, according to the report, dropped from $10.31 in January 2016 to $8.67 in May 2016.

District Dispatch reports that “The Senate Appropriations Committee today delivered good news for libraries by increasing funding for LSTA Grants to States and National Leadership Grants to Libraries, while also providing level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved the bill just two days ago with no amendments or controversial policy riders…”

According to this post on gizmag “Researchers at A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research are designing robots that can self-navigate through libraries at night, scanning spines and shelves to report back on missing or out-of-place books.

This autonomous robotic shelf-scanning (AuRoSS) platform scans RFID tags on the books and produces a report. In the morning, the human librarians can check the results and can easily see which books are in the wrong spot and where they belong…”

infoDOCKET reports that “The Final Report of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (50 pages; PDF) is now available online…”

According to ACRL Insider “ACRL joined a broad coalition of more than 20 education, library, free speech, open government, and public interest organizations in a letter to the State of California Senate Judiciary Committee opposing legislation in California that would grant blanket authorization to state entities to assert copyright over taxpayer-funded work….”

Also according to infoDOCKET “The Princeton University Library has announced that the major portion of the Toni Morrison Papers — part of the permanent library collections since 2014 — is open for research to University students, faculty and scholars worldwide as of this week…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “ProQuest’s …Early European Books (EEB) program now includes nearly 10,000 digitised titles and more than 4 million pages from the Wellcome Library, the pre-eminent collection in Europe devoted to the history of medicine and related topics. In collaboration during the past five years with its scanning vendor, Numen, and the Wellcome Library, ProQuest has now completed the digitisation and indexing of books from the Wellcome Library printed before 1701, including books from its unique incunabula collection (before 1501)…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is calling all libraries to participate in the My Library Pic contest. All types of libraries, big or small, and all types of photographers (professional or amateur) are invited to share a photo showing how their library integrates and embraces technology. The contest is open June 1-June 30. Five winners will be randomly selected from each of four categories for a total of 20 prizes. Each winner will receive a $150 American Express gift card.



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