News & Announcements 2/20/13

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In the News: MLA and AAHSL letter supports sued librarian; Ingram launches on-demand print journals; British Library join UK’s Futurelearn MooC; the Reader’s Digest is bankrupt again; Ingram’s VitalSource expands reach to Desire2Learn users; Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, selects Innovative’s Millennium ILS; and Kickstarter raises funds for free eBook making tool.

 Medical Library Assn and AAHSL support Dale Askey and McMaster University

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AASHL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA) share a commitment to intellectual freedom and access to information.  We strongly oppose the suppression of opinion and censorship of ideas.

We believe that librarians must be able to openly assess publisher products or practices without intimidation.

We strongly support Dale Askey and McMaster University as they face the lawsuit brought against them by Edwin Mellen Press…”

Ingram Content Group Launches On-Demand Journals Program

Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced the launch of a comprehensive, on-demand print and fulfillment journals program… “Using an on-demand business model for journals will help publishers become more efficient in the distribution and production of journal content,” said Phil Ollila, Chief Content Officer, Ingram Content Group.

Ingram will begin printing on-demand journals in March for publishers worldwide from its Tennessee location and has plans to expand journal manufacturing to its other locations soon.

The British Library Becomes First Non-University Institution to Join UK’s Futurelearn MooC

LIS Trends reports that “the British Library has announced its intention to join the UK’s Mooc platform FutureLearn Ltd, offering participants of its online courses access to the Library’s unique digitised resources. The Library will be the first non-university research institution to join the initiative, and is among five university partners announced today during a major business and skills mission to India with the Prime Minister.

Read full press release.

Reader’s Digest Is Bankrupt (Again) as Iconic Publisher Falters

Ad Age reports that “RDA Holding Co., publisher of the 91-year-old Reader’s Digest magazine, has filed for bankruptcy protection to cut $465 million in debt and focus on North American operations as consumers shift from print to electronic media.

The company is the latest in a line of iconic businesses to have recently sought court protection from creditors… It’s also the latest sign of struggle for traditional media companies that were once unstoppable juggernauts. Time Inc., most recently, was revealed to be the subject of sales discussions by Time Warner, which wants to focus on higher-growth businesses than magazine publishing.

And it is the second bankruptcy filing for Reader’s Digest in less than five years…”

In more news from Ingram, Vital Source Technologies, Inc., their “e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions and students, today announced that it has expanded the reach of its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform through Desire2Learn…”

Desire2Learn provides an open and extensive platform to over 700 clients with more than 8 million learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government and corporate sectors.  As institutions integrate more multimedia content into their curriculum, Desire2Learn’s work with Vital Source will provide learners with access to the newest and most relevant e-textbooks.

Library Technology Guides reports that “the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru has selected Innovative’s Millennium ILS. Currently, UNALM is comprised of twelve academic schools that specialize in the fields of natural, agricultural, and environmental sciences. It is considered one of the top universities in Peru…”

According to GalleyCat “Hol Art Books has raised more than $22,000 on Kickstarter for their project, The People’s E-Book. These developers will use the funds to build a tool that allows writers to create their own eBooks…”

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