News & Announcements 2/6/13

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Today’s News: “Bookish” launched by Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster; EIFL publishes RRO negotiation guide; Nominations sought for annual NETSL Award; a CNI Roundtable Report; iTunes launches Breakout Books; and CRL and Readex agree to improved offer.

Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

According to GalleyCat “Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.  The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below)…”

EIFL is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners that works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries.  It has published a guide entitled How to negotiate with your national Reproduction Rights Organization (RRO)  “for libraries if they are approached by an RRO, or when they need to approach an RRO themselves. It sets out the role and tasks of an RRO, the types of licences on offer and highlights issues to consider when negotiating a licence. The Guide offers tips and provides support for libraries to obtain the most suitable terms of use and value for money for the institution.”

Browse the guide online or download [PDF].

The NETSL Award recognizes and honors significant New England-based contributions to the field of library technical services. Contributions may have been made in New England by librarians from throughout the United States, or nationally by librarians residing in New England, through publications, service, or innovations in practice. The NETSL Executive Board members select a recipient at their February meeting based on nominations received. The Board reserves the right to suspend the Award for a year if no suitable candidate is nominated.

The next NETSL Award will be presented at the annual NETSL Spring Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on April 12, 2013.

Eligibility for nomination is as follows:

  • Nominees may be NETSL/NELA members, but membership in the Association is not a requirement.
  • A nomination must be accompanied by a written statement that includes the rationale for nomination and, if a resume of the nominee is not appended, a narrative summary of the nominee’s career and achievements. Provision of a resume is strongly recommended.
  • Nominations may be made by NETSL members, or by non-members.
  • Nominations and statement(s) must be received by the NETSL Vice-President no later than March 18, 2013.
  • Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for consideration.

Nominees shall have made contributions to library technical services in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level
  • Contributions or innovations in technical services
  • Significant contributions to professional literature
  • Conduct of studies or research in technical services

CNI Roundtable Report: Institutional Strategies & Platforms for Scholarly Publishing

The Coalition for Networked Information has just posted an  Executive Roundtable report from the fall CNI meeting held in December.  The topic was Institutional Strategies & Platforms for Scholarly Publishing. Teams representing senior level library and IT organizations from 13 institutions described their experiences, concerns, strategies, and future plans related to this dynamic and evolving landscape. The report summarizes the discussion and includes strategies on library-faculty partnerships, concerns beyond the hosting and editorial processes, e-journal and digital monograph initiatives, and relationships between institutional publishing units and commercial entities.

According to PaidContent’s Laura Hazard Owen Apple “has launched a new section of the iBookstore, “Breakout Books,” a “hand-picked collection of books from emerging talents…independently published to the iBookstore.” New books will be added “as they begin taking off.”

Apple had previously launched Breakout Books sections in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. The section focuses primarily on genre fiction, with sections for romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller…”

CRL and Readex have agreed to an improved offer for several historical news databases (including African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, right). Based on input from CRL libraries, CRL and Readex have reached an agreement to increase the discount level proposed for January through June 2013. In addition, ProQuest is offering CRL member institutions a 25% discount on the list price of American Periodicals from the Center for Research Librariesthrough March 29.   See the Offers


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