News You Need to Start the Week

by | Aug 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Kindle contract cancelled;  Portico adds UK libraries; Webcom increases printing speed 33%; Codex seeking content for volume II; Alexander Street Press adds two collections; OCLC recommends ODC-BY; and art professor fired for not adopting e-textbooks;

As reported by Book Business, the Computerworld website notes that “the U.S Department of State has withdrawn plans to place a $16.5 million order on for its Kindle Touch devices along with content management, and logistics, statingthat it intends to conduct additional market research and re-examine its requirements for the program.

The department had in June said that it intended to award the contract to, with an anticipated value of $16.5 million over the life of the contract, which would be one base year and four option years…”

Portico has announced “the expansion of its digital preservation services to twenty more academic libraries in the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of UK participating institutions to fifty-seven. Among the additional JISC libraries that initiated participation this year are University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, and University of Manchester. The complete list of Portico participating libraries in the UK is available here…”

Book Buisness also reports that “six months after announcing the addition of an HP T350 digital inkjet press on its production floor, Webcom announces an upgrade of the press to an HP T360 that will increase capacity of book printing by 33%. Improving the speed of short-run inkjet output has a direct correlation to capacity – at a premium during peak publishing seasons.

“An increasing number of our customers are turning to inkjet printing through our BookFWD program for its flexibility and short run cost-efficiencies,” stated Webcom President and CEO, Mike Collinge …”

The first issue of Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL is now available online.  There will soon be a call for content looking for articles, bibliographies, and reviews.  Those interested in being a peer reviewer or writing reviews can contact Megan Lowe, Editor – University of Louisiana at Monroe, 318.342.3041 – phone; 318.342.1050 – library mainline; and 318.342-1075 – fax.


Information Today reports thatAlexander Street Press expanded its visual arts offerings with the release of two streaming video collections, Silent Film Online and New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present. Both collections are currently for sale in North America…”

Information Today also reports and elaborates on an OCLC announcement that “it is recommending use of the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) for member libraries that are making their bibliographic data available for use by others. ODC-BY is designed to “allow users to freely share, modify, and use” a database while giving attribution to the source of the data. The license does not place any restrictions on use, including commercial use, beyond the attribution requirement. The decision follows a resolution by the OCLC Global Council in April 2012, and the adoption of that recommendation by the OCLC Board of Trustees. This is the first open licensing of full WorldCat bibliographic data and does not make restrictions on fields or formats. The license can be applied to databases of MARC21 cataloging records…”

According to this post in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “a professor of animation at the Art Institute of California-Orange County has been forced out of his job because he refused to adopt an e-textbook in his class that he says administrators pressured him to select, according to OC Weekly.

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