News & Announcements 8/8/12

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Today’s headlines: A court filing on Google scanning; a new resource from ProQuest; Elsevier ebooks added to ebrary’s Academic Complete; Director of UNO Press let go in budget cut; California Digital Library announces the release of version 3.1 of XTF; a couple of new partnerships from SAGE; and People in the News

Google records show book scanning was aimed at Amazon

According to this report in PaidContent ” a court filing provides new details about how Google scanned 20 million books and its reasons for doing so…”  The article continues by claiming that “Google has so far spent more than $180 million on book scanning and, at the outset of the project, one of its stated goals was to keep web searchers away from Amazon.  These are among the details set out in a new court filing by the Authors Guild, which is locked in a long-running case over the search giant’s decision to digitize libraries. The filing points to internal Google documents in an attempt to show that the scanning was an overtly commercial project, and that the scanning was not a fair use as Google is claiming…

As annotated by the Authors’ Guild, the 2003 Google presentation also said “[e]verything else is secondary … but make money.” (The presentation was filed under seal so the context of the remark is unclear). The Authors Guild filing, which asks Google to pay $750 per book, also reveals new details about how Google went about the massive scanning project which has produced more than 20 million digital titles since it began almost 10 years ago…”

 ProQuest® Graduate Education Program Aims to Boost Professional Development and Education for Librarians Around the World

“ProQuest… is combining … development programs for library schools to create a single, wide-ranging resource that connects students and faculty with free resources designed to advance education and careers. The new Graduate Education Program (GEP) captures programs from ProQuest and business units such as Dialog, and includes access to products and services, teaching tools, training and development opportunities, along with awards and internships, all packed into a social network that enables users to connect with one another…

The ProQuest GEP is housed within a free social networking site called Discover More Corps. Once LIS faculty register for the GEP, they and their students can freely access the GEP’s spectrum of resources, which includes…”

Elsevier Adds E-books to ebrary’s Academic Complete

ebrary®… today announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding over 1,000 titles to Academic Complete™,  … a scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 e-books with unlimited, multi-user access.  This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles, covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model. The titles include classics of science publishing, including some of Elsevier’s most respected backlist titles…”

Director of U. of New Orleans Press Loses Job Amid Budget Cuts

“Bill Lavender, the director and sole employee of UNO Press, the University of New Orleans’s book-publishing operation, has lost his job in the latest round of budget cuts for public universities in Louisiana, according to The Times-Picayune. Mr. Lavender, who became director in 2007, ran the press with a small staff of graduate students…”

California Digital Library Announces Release of XTF Version 3.1

“The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the release of version 3.1 of XTF (, an open source, highly flexible software application that supports the search, browse and display of heterogeneous digital content. XTF provides efficient and practical methods for creating customized end-user interfaces for distinct digital content collections and is used by institutions worldwide…”

Amazon Opens Textbook Rental Service

Amazon is now renting textbooks through a new platform called Amazon Textbook Rental.  Students can rent textbooks for their classes for a specific time period by clicking on the “Rent Now” button on the book’s listing. Amazon Student members (which requires a .edu email address) are eligible for free two-day shipping on qualifying rental titles.

SAGE Partners with UC Berkeley on SAGE Open

“SAGE and the University of California, Berkeley, have announced a partnership designed to encourage social science and humanities faculty and students at the university to make their work available to all by publishing in SAGE Open. Launched by SAGE in 2011, SAGE Open is the first peer-reviewed, broad-based, “Gold” open access social science and humanities journal.

UC Berkeley will subsidize the author fee for 30 accepted papers to SAGE Open at a discounted rate. SAGE will reach out to UC Berkeley faculty and students to let them know about the subsidized fees. Additionally, SAGE will handle the billing and accounting for the fees so that it is a seamless transaction for UC Berkeley authors…”

SAGE to publish Pacifica from February 2013

SAGE and the Pacifica Theological Studies Association today announced a new agreement to publish the Association’s journal, Pacifica, from February 2013.

“Pacifica, a peer-reviewed journal, was founded in 1987 by the Pacifica Theological Studies Association. Published three times a year and edited by Sean Winter (Uniting Church Theological College/Center for Theology and Ministry, Melbourne), Pacifica provides a forum for theologians from Australasia and the West Pacific Basin, bringing a unique contribution to the world of theological studies. Pacifica reaches out to a wide range of readers, from student and theological educators, to clergy. The journal is committed to covering all aspects of Christian theology and responses to the challenges facing the Christian Church in the 21st Century…”


Tammi Spayde, OCLC Vice President for Human Resources, named HR ‘Executive of the Year’

Tammi Spayde, OCLC Vice President, Human Resources, was named “Executive of the Year” during the HR Excellence Awards 2012 event held August 2 at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio.

The HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources event, hosted by Columbus C.E.O. magazine, was held to recognize Central Ohio’s best and brightest HR professionals as well as organizations that are setting trends and establishing best practices in the field.  Ms. Spayde was named Executive of the Year in the midsize organization category.

Casey Kinson has joined the ACRL staff as Program Coordinator

ACRL has announced that Casey Kinson has joined the ACRL staff as Program Coordinator. Casey will be the staff liaison to ACRL award committees, discussion groups, interest groups, and Chapters Council, and will also provide support for various professional development programs. She is already engaged with each of these programs from her time as an ACRL intern and is very much looking forward to working with you.

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