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New Findings Reaffirm Library Borrowers Are Also Buyers; Penguin expands E-book lending; NIH to enforce OA policy; Springer adds Reference Manager  software tool and Journal of Arid Land; Wiley launches; CILIP stresses free ebook lending

New Findings Reaffirm Library Borrowers Are Also Buyers

Information Today reports that “an extensive online poll of library ebook readers finds that these patrons purchase an average of 3.2 books (both print and ebooks) each month, and a majority would consider purchasing books discovered on a library website. These ebook borrowers, who are at OverDrive-powered public library websites in the U.S., also report that their digital content purchases have increased in the past 6 months. Sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the survey constitutes the largest study of library ebook usage to date, with more than 75,000 people responding.

Confirming earlier studies, such as the Pew Internet Project’s “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,” the survey found that a significant percentage of library users regularly purchase books they first discover at the library. In fact, 57% of those surveyed said that the public library is their primary source of book discovery…”

 Penguin to Expand E-Book Lending

The New York Times reports that “the Penguin Group plans to announce on Monday that it is expanding its e-book lending program to libraries in Los  Angeles and Cleveland and surrounding areas though a new distribution partner. In a pilot program that will begin this year, Penguin has worked with Baker & Taylor, a distributor of print and digital books, to start e-book lending programs in the Los Angeles County library system, which will reach four million people, and the Cuyahoga County system in Ohio.

NIH to Begin Enforcing Open-Access Policy on Research It Supports

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education “the National Institutes of Health said that in five months it would cease processing continuation grant awards for authors who have not complied with the policy.”

(While the full article is only available to Chronicle subscribers here is a link to the NIH website discussing the change  As of Spring 2013 at the earliest, NIH will hold processing of  non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.)

 Springer Gets Reference Manager Papers

Information Today reports that “Springer Science + Business Media has acquired Mekenatosj BV and Lifve Ltd., known for the reference manager software tool, Papers. Developed by Alexander Griekspoor with his friend Tom “Tosj” Groothuis, Papers improves the way that researchers handle workflow as they search for, download, annotate, and organize scientific literature (together with supplemental material), appropriately citing the works in in term papers (students) and publications (scientists, authors). Lifve allows Papers users to share their collections with peers. Developer Alexander Griekspoor will head the unit within Springer. The Mekentosj team is expected to remain in control of the strategic direction for the unit and product innovations.

Springer and Science Press to jointly publish Journal of Arid Land

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “STM publisher Springer has announced that it will publish the Journal of Arid Land as of January 2013. The journal is the official publication of the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The quarterly peer-reviewed journal joins Springer’s Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality research journals from China…”

Wiley launches, a comprehensive website for all users of statistics

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has announced the launch of The new website has been created for professional statisticians, analysts, students, and any user of statistics in interdisciplinary subjects as the first place to go when looking for any information related to statistical research…”

CILIP: Libraries Should Lend Ebooks for Free 24/7″ Professional Body Tells Government

Quoting from a press release InfoDOCKET notes that “In its submission to a government (UK) review, the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals has stressed the importance of free ebook lending from public libraries. Access to knowledge should not rely on the ability to pay. Charging for ebook lending is a threat to the principal of a free public library service, as ebooks are likely to become the most popular reading format in the years ahead.

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