News & Announcements 8/27/14

by | Aug 27, 2014 | 0 comments

start-the-weekIthaka S+R publishes new issue brief; Consortium for Libraries and Archives project supported by the IMLS; Florida university lets students buy titles for its e-book-only library; OpenStax to Release 10 New Open Source Textbooks by 2017; EBSCO eBooks Will Indicate Choice Outstanding Academic Titles; Brill to Launch Chinese Website at Beijing Book Fair; BioOne Announces 2015 Title Additions; and Plum Analytics Adds Goodreads Metrics.

Ithaka S+R has released a new issue brief publication–Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review? Oona Schmid of the American Anthropological Association wrote this about their new book review prototype.  There’s a brief blog post at with a link to the full paper to download.

Dartmouth College and Boston Public Library … are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that will examine how libraries, archives, and museums, can most effectively use crowdsourcing techniques to augment their collections and enhance their patrons’ experience!

The CCLA team invites you to take a short 10-minute survey to share your thoughts on the current state of crowdsourcing in libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Your opinions and insights will directly inform the agenda of upcoming CCLA activities and events…

Engadget reports that “Florida Polytechnic University… has decided to completely forego stocking its library with paper books and will instead rely solely on e-books, which its 550 students (the school is so new, it’s not even licensed yet) can browse on tablets, laptops or e-readers. Now, here’s the kicker: the students can browse any book they want using the school’s proprietary software, but they can access it for free only once — the second time someone clicks on it, he/she ends up purchasing it for the whole school. In fact, the university has set aside $60,000 for e-book purchases, leaving the library’s catalog in its student body’s hands…”


According to The Digital Reader, Rice University’s open source textbook initiative is looking to save college students even more money on textbooks. OpenStax has announced plans to expand their catalog of CC-licensed textbooks by an additional 10 titles over the next 3 years.

OpenStax College, which has released 10 open source textbooks since 2012, recently received several grants and will be using the funds to develop new high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks which will be free to use online or download, and low-cost in print…”

According to this press release from PRWeb “an agreement between Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) and EBSCO Information Services will highlight the EBSCO eBooks™ that have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles…”

According to this press release “Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is set to launch a Chinese version of their corporate website – – at the Beijing Book Fair. Now available in Simplified Chinese, the website allows Brill to better serve the Chinese-speaking research and academic library communities…”

BioOne welcomes five new journals to BioOne Complete™, its online aggregation of independently-published, subscribed and open-access titles. Joining the aggregation in January 2015 will be: Ameghiniana, published by the Argentine Paleontological Association; Candollea, published by the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva, Switzerland; Journal of Wildlife Diseases, published by the Wildlife Disease Association; Polish Journal of Ecology, published by the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences; and Willdenowia, published by the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Germany.

According to Information TodayPlum Analytics expanded its support for books to include metrics from Goodreads. PlumX, its impact dashboard, uses the Goodreads API to show ratings, reviews, and readers from the site. Goodreads ratings are paired with Amazon ratings in PlumX, and users can click through the profiles to visit a book’s Goodreads page…”




Pin It on Pinterest