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by | Oct 13, 2014 | 0 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJSTOR Launches Free Online Magazine for Popular Audience; IFRRO launches Value of Copyright campaign to improve level of copyright debate; Europeana, the Austrian National Library and Google join forces to make Europe’s cultural heritage more open; Apple, Amazon in Race for Mobile Readers; The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2015 Submissions Open; Gale Signs New Publishers, Increases STEM Content in Virtual Reference Library; Springer re-launches SpringerMaterials with … improvements; Twenty-Two Recent “Go-Lives” Underline Sierra’s International Success; and the Open Planets Foundation is becoming the Open Preservation Foundation

Library Journal reports that “JSTOR Daily (JD) launched on October 1, with editor Catherine Halley at the helm… The site, which has been up in beta version since June, features an ongoing series of weekly feature articles and daily blog posts that cover areas ranging from the arts to politics to technology—recent subjects include women in video games, Gertrude Stein, and the semantics of McDonald’s. Each piece links to content from JSTOR’s library that has been opened up for free access to JD users…”

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has announced the launch of The Value of Copyright, a campaign designed to emphasise the importance of copyright and improve information about the protection of literary and artistic works , primarily in the text and image-based sectors.

Inaugurating at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the campaign features a website – – as its focal point, which aims to provide a single online access point for international and local information on copyright…”

One of the world’s most important historic book collections, from the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek,, will be made freely available to the public via thanks to the library’s digitisation programme and Europeana’s introduction of a new rights statement.

The collection includes landmarks in the history of modern thought such as texts by Martin Luther as well as insights into more everyday life, from historic cookbooks to children’s spelling books…”

Publishers Weekly reports that “a new survey of readers by Publishing Technology shows that some 43% of respondents say they read e-books on their phones. But perhaps the most surprising finding of the survey is that Apple is giving Amazon a run for its money among younger mobile readers…”

The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the LBF International Excellence Awards 2015.

Entries for the awards need to be registered online via the LBF website by 9 January 2015.

After a hugely successful launch in 2014, with winners from as far afield as Malaysia (Fixi), Denmark (Anneli Hoier), Australia (Penguin) and the US (Skybound), the LBF International Excellence Awards are back for the second year…

New content covering popular healthcare and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics is now available on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), the e-book platform offered by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The signing of publishers Taylor & Francis, Mitchell Lane, HCPro and World Scientific combined will add approximately 750 e-books to GVRL, bringing the total number of available titles on the platform to 15,000 from over 150 publishing partners…

Springer’s signature materials database – SpringerMaterials — has gotten a total overhaul to make the new site more nimble and user friendly. And the changes are far more than cosmetic as the entire site has been migrated to the same technology as the publisher’s flagship platform, SpringerLink…”

Innovative announced today that 22 libraries in 11 countries have gone live with the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent 6-week period. The new Sierra libraries are: Bibliothèque Municipale de Rennes (Rennes, France); California Judicial Center (San Francisco, CA); Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH); Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)…

During 2014 there have been several new additions to the foundation. Ed Fay was appointed as the new Executive Director in February 2014 and the National Archives of Estonia and the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre joined as new members…”

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