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Georgia State U. E-Reserves Case update; Google settles FTC charges; US Navy will get ebook libraries; a Taylor and Francis co-publishing agreement; The University library of Skövde selects WorldCat Local and People in the News

Judge Denies Publishers’ Request for Relief in Georgia State U. E-Reserves Case

According to this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education “there was more good news for Georgia State University and more bad news for the publisher plaintiffs on Friday in a closely watched lawsuit over the use of copyrighted material in e-reserves. In May, Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court in Atlanta handed down a ruling that dismissed all but five of the copyright-infringement claims brought by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers against the university. On Friday afternoon, Judge Evans issued an order denying the plaintiffs’ request for injunctive and declaratory relief for those five infringements. She ordered the defendants to make sure that the university’s copyright policies are “not inconsistent” with her May ruling. She also awarded Georgia State “reasonable attorney’s fees,” as well as other costs to be determined…”

(Inside Higher Ed also offers an insightful report on this important case in an article by Steve Kolowich entitled ‘The Prevailing Party.’)

Google to pay $22.5 million to settle FTC charges on misrepresentation to Safari users

According to Knowledgespeak “Internet search services provider Google Inc., US, has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges. According to the charges, Google misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.’s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC…”

U.S. Navy ships and subs to get e-book libraries

“According to a story in yesterday’s Navy Times, the Navy Library Service (who even knew there was such a thing?) is currently in the process of  ”working to put e-library systems on ships, allowing sailors to choose from thousands of digital books to read while at sea.”

“This is a challenge,” the story continues, ”because limited bandwidth on surface ships and the complete lack of it on submarines prevents seamless e-book downloads while at sea.”

Bids will soon be solicited from companies that provide e-library services to large-scale organizations. Once a service provider is chosen, a test run “tentatively scheduled for next spring” will take place aboard four different ships and one submarine…

Taylor & Francis and NISC announce co-publishing agreement

Knowledgespeak also notes that “Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced that it has been appointed to publish the South African Journal of Plant and Soil from 2012 together with specialist South African co-publisher NISC.

This new partnership brings changes including the creation of a new site for the South African Journal of Plant and Soil on Taylor & Francis’ leading platform, where manuscripts are submitted online and articles published in both PDF and HTML formats in advance of printed issues. The first issue of volume 29 (2012) is now live on the site and more content, including back issues and new articles, will be available online shortly…”

University of Skovde in Sweden selects WorldCat Local

“The University library of Skövde has selected WorldCat Local as its new discovery service, the first university library in Sweden to use OCLC’s integrated solution for discovery of electronic, digital and print materials. The University library of Skövde plans to complete the first implementation phase of WorldCat Local at the start of the academic year in September…”


Atex appoints new Sales Director

Atex has appointed Mark Pacey as Sales Director, to strengthen the Key Account Management team and expand Atex’s business in the Middle East.  Mark joins Atex from NTT DATA where, in his position as EMEA Head of Media and Entertainment, he led significant growth in these vertical markets through the acquisition of major, international consulting and CRM, ERP and Contact Centre projects with some of the world’s leading brands…”


Courtney Loder Named 2012 Winner of Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

“The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of Courtney Loder, a PhD student in the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), as the 2012 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination.

Loder, who has a BA in history from Humboldt State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, due to her work using social theory to investigate the relationship between technology and social activity.  Of her pursuits, Loder writes, “the ultimate goal of my research is to bring computing and the social together to provide a better understanding of how each can support the other, and to use this understanding in exploring new ways to facilitate connection between people, institutions, and space.” Loder’s extraordinary academic performance, creative investigative approaches, and her “quick wit” (like that of the award’s namesake), were all factors that contributed to her selection…”

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