News & Announcements 2/22/13

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In the News:  Indie Bookstores sue Amazon and the Big Six; an GPO study affirms mission; ARL and Ithaka S+R release a new survey of digitized Special Collections; CLOCKSS adds five partners; the 2013 edition of BookStats under production; NoveList Select expands ILS partnerships to  Evergreen;  IMLS and LC partner for first National Digital Stewardship Residency; and journal announcements from Elsevier and Wiley.

 Indie Bookstores Sue Amazon, Big Publishers Over DRM

Citing an article in the Huffington Post, Digital Book World reports that  A class-action lawsuit was filed by three independent bookstores in New York late last week alleging that confidential agreements between Amazon and the six largest U.S. publishers will destroy independent booksellers…

The contracts, say the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, N.Y., Fiction Addiction in Greenville, S.C., and Posman Books in New York City, “restrain the trade and commerce in the market for e-books sold within the United States” by applying digital rights management software (DRM) to limit the use of the digital content to Amazon devices and apps…”

GPO’s Mission Is Validated by an Independent Study

Information Today reports that GPO has undergone another of its periodic evaluations.  The latest is titled, “Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age,” and is the product of the National Association of Public Administration. The report “affirms GPO’s mission of authenticating, preserving, and distributing Federal information.” The report also recommends measures to strengthen the agency’s business model and activities for the future. Acting Public Printer, Davita Vance-Cooks said, “GPO is committed to its mission of Keeping America Informed and will continue to transform to meet the changing needs of Congress, Federal Agencies, and the public.”

 ARL and Ithaka S+R Survey of ARL Libraries and Digitized Special Collections

Ithaka S+R and ARL released findings today from a survey of 126 ARL libraries in the United States and Canada. Librarians responded to questions about their digitization of special collections, including the activities and the ongoing management and costs associated with these collections…

You can also download the final report entitled “Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries” and a complete set of survey data from the Ithaka S+R website…”

 Five New Publishers to Participate in the CLOCKSS Digital Preservation Archive.

“The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce the participation of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; Chattagram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Medical College; Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Bangladesh; the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Portland Press…”

“Production is now underway on the 2013 edition of BookStats …  Outsell…  has joined the project to provide editorial analysis and Bowker … will again produce the extrapolated results…  Outsell will analyze the overall figures and write the extensive editorial text accompanying the aggregated data results…”

 NoveList Select™ Expands ILS Partnerships to Include Evergreen

“NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing is announcing a new ILS integration with NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. NoveList Select is now integrated into the Evergreen ILS – enabling more libraries to make their library catalog a robust tool full of rich information for the readers…”

IMLS and Library of Congress Announce New National Digital Stewardship Residency

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library of Congress have announced an open call for applications for the first National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR). Applicants can log onto the application portal at www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337969700 and apply to be a part of NDSR’s inaugural class until the closing date April 5, 2013…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “STM publisher Elsevier has announced that The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP) has been chosen as an official publication of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP is a new organisation formed by the merger of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that … “John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of Stat, the new online-only, rapid communication research journal of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), publishing articles in all facets of statistics and related interdisciplinary areas. Stat provides a means of rapid sharing of important new theoretical, methodological, and applied research for the international community of statisticians, researchers, and practitioners…”

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