In the News: Librarians rally behind blogger sued by publisher; a recent Pew survey on social media use; Time Inc. up for sale; Fair access to science legislation introduced in Congress; Bowker teams with Data Conversion Laboratory; Morgan Library to open Marcel Proust exhibit; ACS Catalysis awarded the AAP’s PROSE Award; and Kickstarter Launches iOS App.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Dale Askey, “a university librarian who is being sued after writing a critical blog post about a scholarly publisher is finding support from professors and librarians around the world.
In 2010, Askey, now a librarian at McMaster University, in Ontario, wrote a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press on his personal Web site, Bibliobrary, referring to the publisher as “dubious” and saying its books were often works of “second-class scholarship.” For a few months afterward, several people chimed in in the blog’s comments section, some agreeing with Mr. Askey, others arguing in support of the publisher…”
A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project “shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services.
Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social networking site of any kind, and those 18-29 are the most likely of any demographic cohort to do so (83%). Women are more likely than men to be on these sites. Those living in urban settings are also significantly more likely than rural internet users to use social networking…”
According to this blog in Politico “Time Warner is eyeing the sale of its publishing division, Time Inc., to Meredith Corp. — a move that would divest Time Warner of almost all its magazine titles, according to reports in Fortune and the Wall Street Journal.
Under the terms of the current talks, Time Warner would keep only Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. Meredith, which owns a number of women’s and home lifestyle magazines, would add People, InStyle and Real Simple to its roster, among other titles.
InfoDOCKET citing infojustice.org:reports that the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research ACT (FASTR) was introduced in both the House and Senate. FASTR was sponsored by Senators Cornyn and Wyden and Representatives Doyle and Yoder.
The legislation requires federal agencies that fund research to develop a “public access policy” for federally funded academic papers. The policies required by the bill would provide for “free online public access to such final peer reviewed manuscripts or published versions as soon as practicable, but not later than 6 months after publication in peer-reviewed journals; [and] providing research papers … in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.”
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL)… is teaming with Bowker, … to better serve the self-publishing market. Bowker Identifier Services will now offer self-publishers DCL’s robust EPUB on Demand eBook Product Service through Bowker’s MyIdentifiers.com website… A study by Bowker Market Research shows dramatic growth of the self-publishing market. The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, tallying more than 235,000 print and “e” titles as of the end of 2011. While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast. E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2010. In contrast, print grew 33 percent in the same period…
GalleyCat reports that “to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first book in Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) series, the Morgan Library & Museum has organized an exhibit called “Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak, “the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that its journal ACS Catalysis has been awarded the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) prestigious PROSE Award for “Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine.” Launched in January 2011, the journal has already had a tremendous impact on both science and the world by fostering and publishing research that is helping to solve urgent global challenges such as the development of sustainable sources of energy and chemicals…”
Appnewser reports that “the popular social fundraising site Kickstarter has gone mobile with the launch of its first app.
The iOS app lets backers browse projects by category and popularity and if you find something you like, you can back a project. The app supports videos, so you can watch project videos. It also taps into your GPS so that you can search for projects near your location.