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by | May 19, 2014 | 0 comments

FCC Leader to talk net neutrality at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas; Samsung Gives up on Ebooks in the U.S.; New Collaboration Between the National Library of Australia and WikiProject Australia; Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IUPUI Library bring racing history to life online; U of Saskatchewan Dean Fired Over Opposition to Plan That Cuts Libraries; Publishing Campaigns Grow On Kickstarter; and Wolper Information Services partners with ProQuest to offer health sciences portfolio.

NetNeutrality_logo.svg - commons.wikimedia.org FCC Leader to talk net neutrality at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

District Dispatch reports that “Gigi Sohn, special counsel for the Federal Communications Commission’s External Affairs will discuss net neutrality during the conference session “Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality,” which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in the Las Vegas Convention Center room N259/261…”

According to Digital Reader “Samsung has officially announced they have retired the Readers Hub (aka Samsung Books) app, and replaced it with the Kindle for Samsung app which launched last month

Update: … It appears that the Samsung Books app was only retired in the US (and possibly a few other markets) but not worldwide...

Samsung actually retired the Samsung Books app last week, but the closure has gone unreported until today. Samsung will be shutting down their ebook platform on 1 July 2014, and readers will lose access to all of their purchases…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “the National Library of Australia (NLA), the largest reference library in the country, is wikipedia-logo - blogs.cornell.educollaborating with WikiProject Australia on the English Wikipeidia to “make authoritative information about Australia available to the world”. The initiative has been led by Wikimedian Liam Wyatt—the Library’s social media coordinator—and Renee Wilson, one of the institution’s reference librarians, who now coordinates the ask a librarian service…”

IUPUI Newsroom reports that “in partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), IUPUI University Library brings 100 years of track history to life through a collection of free online audio stories. The short oral histories offer race insights and commentary and are accompanied by photographs of some of the most important moments in the life of the Indianapolis 500…”

Library Journal reports that “as part of an overhaul of its budgets and strategic priorities, the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada plans to trim its campus library system from seven branches to three, resulting in much of its collection being moved to offsite storage. Library officials spoke of the plan as in line with their vision for the future of the campus libraries. But some faculty members have publicly questioned the moves, leading one dean to be fired in the wake of a letter he penned criticizing the university’s plans…”

ebsco logo - www.library.yale.edu EBSCO introduces three new medical e-book featured collections

According to Library Technology Guides “three new medical e-book collections are available from EBSCO Information Services: The American Journal of Nursing 2013 Books of the Year, Doody’s Core Titles 2014 and Doody’s 4-and 5- Star Reviewed Titles 2014…”

Publishers Weekly reports that “Crowdfunding, and Kickstarter in particular, continue to make inroads in book publishing, providing financing for everything from one-off projects to support for entire lists…  In 2013, there were just under 6,000 publishing projects launched on Kickstarter, with $22.2 million pledged (compared to 5,634 such projects with $15.3 million in pledges in 2012). Overall, the publishing category has a 32% success rate…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Wolper Information Services will offer ProQuest’s … portfolio of health sciences information solutions to its clients and prospective customers in the medical market.

ProQuest’s health sciences portfolio offers comprehensive resources for medical professionals, hospital administrators, researchers and students in medicine, nursing, psychology, family health and health management disciplines…”

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