College and Library Groups to Petition FCC on Net Neutrality; DC Public Library and MapStory Partner to Digitize More Than 8,000 Historical Maps; No Amendment Offered to Limit FCC’s Funding Ability on E-rate; Amazon May Have an eBook Subscription Service in the Works; New Encore 4.4 Release Expands Content and Community Integration; Simon & Schuster Now Also in Talks With Amazon; and Oxford publishers get skills training grant from UK government

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a coalition of seven university and library organizations were to have  filed comments on Tuesday asking the Federal Communications Commission to preserve net neutrality.  However “the FCC has extended the public-comment period until Friday, and for that reason the college and library group has not yet officially released its comments.

InfoDOCKET reports that the “more than 8,000 historical maps of Washington DC” located in the MLK Library will be digitized “over the next few months, thanks to a new partnership between MapStory and the DC Public Library.  Many of these maps will be scanned, digitized, geo-referenced and uploaded into As a result, MapStory users will be able to combine historic maps with other types of data to bring DC history to life…”

According to District Dispatch “the ALA Washington is getting word from the Hill that a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funding to the Federal E-rate programs has been withdrawn…

(For more background please see Monday’s District Dispatch post.)

According to GalleyCatAmazon may be joining the likes of Scribd and Oyster to offer readers unlimited access to eBooks in exchange for a monthly subscription fee, in the same way that Netflix offers access to movies for paying members…”

Innovative announced today that Encore 4.4 is now in general release, and includes integration of eBooks supplied by OverDrive®, ChiliFresh ratings and reviews, new EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) integration features for Encore Duet, and new customization of the user experience. Encore is the premier discovery solution for both academic and public libraries, offering single search functionality for the entire collection in real time…”

The Wall Street Journal reports that “Hachette isn’t the only book publisher facing down . The country’s largest bookseller is also in talks with Simon & Schuster, said Leslie Moonves, CEO of the publisher’s parent CBS Corp. at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. Moonves added that he’d personally met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a recent conference in Sun Valley, Idaho…”

According to TeleRead “publishers in Oxfordshire, home of the Oxford University Press, have received a grant of £150,000 [$256,884] from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Education  as part of a public/private co-investment strategy for developing skills in the industry…”


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