ATG News You Need to Start the Week 4/17/17

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E-Books Decline 16.4% and Audiobooks increase by 29.2%;   *Library and Archives Canada to move catalogue to WorldCat, use OCLC WMS as its library services platform;   *Pearson to partner with Chegg on textbook rentals;   *University of Cincinnati announces participation in Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative;   *The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL) Acquires Papers of Literary Icon James Baldwin;   *Cornell University Library Releases Over 1700 Digitized Items From Hip Hop Collection Documenting Hip Hop’s Rise;   *Pre-1870 Copyright Records, Over 2000 Pages of Records Available;   *UH Press wins $90K grant for open-access publishing;   *Wharton Research Data Services, SSRN and Elsevier announce new collaboration – elevating research and researchers using WRDS;  and  *ProQuest and CALIS bring Chinese scholarship to a global audience;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Good E-Reader “The Association of American Publishers has reported that from January to November 2016 e-books declined by 16.4% and digital audiobooks increased by 29.2%.” Here is the breakdown by category and format:

  • By Category:
    • Adult Books were down 2.1% to $4.4 billion
    • Childrens & YA Books were up 5.8% to $1.6 billion
    • Religious Presses were up 8.6% to $455.4 million
  • By Format
    • Paperback books grew 6.5% to $2.0 billion
    • Hardback books grew 2.1% $2.5 billion
    • Downloaded audio grew 29.2% to $244.1 million
    • eBooks were down 16.4% to $1.1 billion

According to OCLC Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has entered into an agreement with OCLC to use OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform and move its National Union Catalogue to WorldCat. These moves are designed to make Canada’s documentary heritage more widely accessible and available to library users in Canada and around the world…”

Bookseller reports that “Pearson is to partner with American online textbook rental company Chegg to make its higher education textbooks more affordable to use, as part of a new “rental-only” model.

With the rental pilot beginning in the US this autumn, both print and e-book versions of approximately 50 editions of “high-volume” Pearson titles will be available to rent through Chegg…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports “The University of Cincinnati is participating in a new initiative of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP).|
This endeavor will advance the wide dissemination of humanities and humanistic social sciences scholarship by faculty members by supporting the promotion and publishing of free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library, today announced acquisition of the personal archive of literary icon and social critic, James Baldwin.

The archive includes 30 linear feet of handwritten letters and manuscripts; handwritten and typed drafts of essays, novels, and short stories; unpublished and published creative works in their nascent and final stages; galleys and screenplays with handwritten notes and fragments; interviews, telegrams, personal photographs, correspondence and audio recordings…”

According to infoDOCKETCornell University’s Hip Hop Collection is releasing hundreds of newly digitized images that tell the story of hip hop’s explosion into the international mainstream and shed new light on some of its biggest stars.

The digital collection of news clippings, photographs, press packets, correspondence and more are from the archive of music journalist and publicist Bill Adler…”

 In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the Jacob Burns Law Library is pleased to announce a new online collection: “Pre-1870 Copyright Records.” The collection provides access to over 2,000 pages of digitized U.S. copyright records created prior to 1870 that had generally been assumed lost…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak  “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Hawai’i a $90,000 grant to digitise 100 out-of-print University of Hawai’i Press books for open access.| The project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

 In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the data research platform and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, has announced a first of its kind collaboration with SSRN, the world’s leading preprint server and working paper repository, and Elsevier, a global information analytics company specialising in science and health.


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