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by | May 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Univ. of Missouri Press to close; Apple submits filing in antitrust case; Library of Congress launches Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative; Bloomsbury partners with consortia groups; PEER partners settle on Gold Open Access; and Springer reaches a milestone.

Planned Shutdown of U. of Missouri Press Underscores Shift in Traditional Publishing

“The University of Missouri will soon be without a university press. The university announced last week that it would phase out its press, beginning in July. The news was made public in a larger statement about the university’s shifting strategic priorities.

Opposition to Closure of U. of Missouri Press

While initial reports indicated that the opposition to the closing of the University of Missouri Press were muted..  “over the holiday weekend, however, opposition started to materialize. A Facebook page — Save the University of Missouri Press— appeared Monday…  Letters to the editorare also appearing in local publications, questioning why a $400,000 subsidy would be out of the question at a university that pays its head football coach $2.7 million.”

Apple submits filing insisting Amazon is the monopolist and Apple helped foster competition

According to this report on the TelRead website “Ars Technica reports that Apple has made a 31-page filing (PDF) regarding the Department of Justice’s antitrust proceedings against it and publishers Macmillan and Penguin, the only two of the “agency five” not to settle. Apple’s filing is about what we might have expected from the corporation—it insists that Amazon was the monopolist, Apple negotiated the agreements with publishers separately and individually, and furthermore that agency pricing has not harmed consumers…”

Library of Congress Announces Modeling Initiative

Digital Shift reports that “the Library of Congress (LOC) has contracted with Zepheira, a semantic web development company, to accelerate the launch of its Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative (BFTI). A major goal of BFTI is to replace the MARC 21 exchange format with a new Linked Data model…

LOC is currently seeking participation in this process from a broad spectrum of information agencies, libraries, and library suppliers, and is organizing “various scenarios to enable community participation.” Information—especially information regarding projected milestones—will be posted as it emerges at the BFTI website.

Attendees at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, can also hear more about LOC’s plan during the “LC Bibliographic Framework Transition Update Forum” featuring Eric Miller and LOC representatives on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am to noon, at the Anaheim Marriott Grand Salon A-C.”

PCG brokers Bloomsbury partnership with consortia groups to bring the Churchill Archive to libraries in the UK, US and Canada

Leading independent publisher Bloomsbury and three major library consortia have agreed to terms on a ground-breaking agreement that will offer the Churchill Archive online collection at favorable rates to more than 500 academic institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. As part of this unique international arrangement, members of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), JISC Collections, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and select partner consortia will be eligible for discounts on both subscription and perpetual access to the Churchill Archive in 2012. The offer was developed during detailed negotiations between CRL and Bloomsbury’s sales and marketing partner, Publishers Communication Group. It is distinctive in its cross-country collaborative licensing aspects…

PEER partners consensus on Gold Open Access

“‘Gold’ open access publication is the practical route to achieving sustainable open access, the project partners agreed today at the PEER End of Project results conference in Brussels. The Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) project, which will report to the European Commission in July 2012, provides large-scale, robust research to inform the debate about access to publicly funded research.”

Springer celebrates 10,000th MyCopy milestone

“Springer Science+Business Media recently celebrated the 10,000th MyCopy purchase by a researcher at Auraria Library ( an academic library serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and Community College of Denver. As a way to recognize this milestone, the researcher who purchased the 10,000th title will receive 10 free MyCopy books. In addition, all members of the The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries were presented with six months of free access to SpringerReference (”

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