More News and Announcements 2/26/13

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AAUP joins those supporting librarian Dale Askey and McMaster U; Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. launches MOOCs Forum; CRC Press opens Featured Authors web portal;  German National Data Portal launched; EBSCO  releases CINAHL Complete; De Gruyter purchases Oldenbourg and Akademie; and a possible mega E-book project from top German booksellers.

 AAUP Issues Statement on Edwin Mellen Lawsuit

“The Association of American University Presses strongly supports the position taken by the Association of Canadian University Presses/Association Des Presses Universitaires Canadiennes on the defamation suit filed by The Edwin Mellen Press against McMaster University and its associate librarian, Dale Askey…

We believe Mr. Askey’s criticisms of the Press were measured and well within the scope of his professional expertise as a trained librarian. Moreover, the inclusion of comments from authors defending the Press makes it perfectly clear that the readers of Mr. Askey’s blog were hearing both sides of the issue…”

MOOCs Forum: The Public Venue for Sharing and Shaping Developments in Massive Open Online Courses

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers announces the launch of MOOCs Forum to serve as the host and chronicle for discussions, debates, announcements, and advancements for all issues and constituents in the Massive Open Online Courses community. The Journal will be published in print and online.

Multidisciplinary in scope, MOOCs Forum will be the public venue for examining key issues paramount to the success of MOOCs such as increasing course completion rates, course content and examination security, student identification, successful business models, and all evolving topics related to the field…

 CRC Press launches web portal Featured Authors

CRC Press, a leading science, technology and medical (STM) publisher, is pleased to announce the launch of Featured Authors, a new web portal that connects researchers, academics, librarians and book buyers with authoritative authors in their fields. Available at or by clicking on the “Featured Authors” tab on the CRC Press homepage (, Featured Authors makes books, bios, events and social media information readily accessible to online audiences at no cost.

Citing the epsi Open Platform   InfoDOCKETreports that last Wednesday “saw the launch of the German national data portal. While the portal had been longtime expected, in the last days before the launch the German open data community has been vocal in its criticism of the introduction of a newly created national license framework, which includes the option to limit re-use to non-commercial use forms.

The portal will also hold non-open data as well as data in closed formats. This in the expectation that once data is published in some shape or form the pressure on the data holder will rise to provide the data as really open data as well… Read the Complete Report

EBSCO Publishing Releases CINAHL Complete

According to this press release “EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) announces that CINAHL, will now provide even more content with the introduction of CINAHL® Complete. The database will offer 71 percent more full-text journals than are available in CINAHL®Plus with Full Text…”

“De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers, Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of January 1, 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business…”

Top German Booksellers + Bertelsmann + Telekom = Mega E-book Project

“This Friday, ahead of CeBIT and Leipzig Book Fair, reports that three booksellers — Thalia’s Michael Busch, Weltbild’s Carel Halff and Hugendubel’s Nina Hugendubel — as well as Club Bertelsmann Program Director Anita Offel-Grohmann and Thomas Kiessling, CIO of Deutsche Telekom, will come together on stage to make a big announcement about a “really big new project in ebooks and e-reading.” speculates that it is likely the group will introduce a new e-reading platform, possibly with complimentary devices…”

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