Open Access Week set for Oct. 22th-28th; Amazon alert customers to possible payout; HarperCollins rolls out new global publishing system; CCC launches new open access solution; Sage acquires primary sources publisher Adam Matthew; National Archive opens RFK records; and Bibliotheca launches customer online discussion board.
Information Today reports that “organizations around the world are gearing up to celebrate Open Access Week, officially held Oct. 22–28, 2012. For most institutions, Open Access Week is a way to increase the visibility of open access among scientists, researchers, librarians, university faculty members, and students. At the same time, it also provides opportunities for open access practitioners to exchange knowledge and share ideas…”
According to GalleyCat “Amazon has contacted eligible eBook customers, telling them that they could receive digital credit if the state settlements struck by Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster are upheld next year. The email reminded readers that Amazon was not a party in the lawsuit filed by 55 state attorneys general, but noted that “the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future…”
“HarperCollins Publishers … announced that it will roll out a new global publishing system, one of the largest undertakings of its kind to be implemented by a trade publisher. Global Product Manager, developed in partnership with Publishing Technology, will enable HarperCollins to unify editorial, marketing and business data around the world, widening the reach of its print and digital publications in its core target markets…”
“Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing solutions, announces the launch of Open Access Solutions.
CCC helps publishers manage variable Open Access (OA) models through its RightsLink® platform, which supports unique pricing rules, licenses and messaging for OA journals, encouraging compliance with funding agency requirements. CCC’s Open Access Solutions also include secure tools for managing author publication charges, as well as color charges, page charges and reprint orders. Both authors and publishers have 24/7 access to these tools, including reporting and customer service…”
“SAGE announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair today. Best known for digitising the Mass-Observation Archives at the University of Sussex, the ‘American West’ project with The Newberry Library, Chicago, and a wide range of resources from The National Archives, Kew, Adam Matthew is an award winning publisher of online primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences…”
“The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library are releasing an additional seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, including documents relating primarily to the Cuban Missile Crisis… The records will be available both online at www.jfklibrary.org and in the Research Room at the Kennedy Library in Boston…”
Library Technology Guides reports that “Bibliotheca is allowing customers around the world to communicate with each other for the first time with the introduction of Biblioforum, the company’s new online community portal.
Initially available to Bibliotheca customers in English speaking regions, the forum is located under the ‘customer options’ section on the Bibliotheca website and will allow customers to communicate with other members of the library community and share their thoughts and experiences with each other…”