Library Journal has released its second list of New Landmark Libraries but this time the focus is on academic libraries. According to LJ “our five NLLs, plus two honorable mentions, will inspire and inform any building project.”
The winners include:
- Goucher Athenaeum, Goucher College, Baltimore.
- Berkeley Law Library, University of California.
- William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, Ohio State University, Columbus.
- South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix.
- Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle University.
The libraries getting honorable mention:
- Science and Engineering Library, Columbia University, New York
- University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson.
(The above links provide access to more in-depth discussion of each library.)
Smashwords is joining with the Califa library system to test the idea of local public libraries serving as “community-based publishers using ebooks distribution or print-on-demand kiosks.” This innovative partnership “will let the libraries’ patrons check out ebooks from a catalog of 10,000 digital titles in Smashwords’ platform on a one-at-a-time basis.” However, the truly unique aspect of the arrangement is that library patrons can “upload their original content to Smashwords’ platform using the upload tool and enjoy the benefit of having their ebooks distributed to Barnes and Noble and Kobo marketplaces.”
Barnes & Noble plans to launch a Nook digital bookstore in 10 countries within 12 months, with “one or more distribution agreements in place to sell Nook devices in certain countries outside the US prior to the 2012 holiday season… the international expansion plans were part of its partnership with Microsoft, announced earlier this year…”
Palgrave Macmillan has announced “the launch of ‘Build Your Own Collections’ on Palgrave Connect, a new ebook purchasing model which will provide librarians with greater flexibility.
Palgrave’s extensive list of 9,500 ebook titles across the Humanities, Business and Social Sciences will continue to be available as part of the… ‘Subject Collections’ organised by year, however this new purchasing model enables librarians to construct their own … ebook collections.
For more information, please visit www.palgrave.com/connectbyo
“NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing new features to NoveList Select™, its catalog enrichment resource. These new features improve the user experience, as well as offer new upgrade options, including book jackets, professional book reviews, sample excerpts, tables of contents, and more, from Content Café – a database offered by Baker & Taylor…”