House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Recommend Level Funding For IMLS in FY2018;   *ACRL OpenCon 2017 Scholarship Opportunity: Shape the Future of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data!;   *New Publishers Pledge Support for I4OC;   *Audiobook Metrics and Statistics for 2017;   *“Zero Textbook Cost” Degree Programs Are Rendering Paid Textbooks Obsolete;   *New Website Devoted To Georgia Historic Newspapers Available from the Digital Library of Georgia;  and *U.S. Census Publishes New Detailed Statistics on Race, Hispanic Origin, Ancestry and Tribal Groups;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

infoDOCKET reports from a statement by American Library Association President James Neal: “I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS, $231 million), likely including $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, as well as $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program…”

ACRL Insider reports that “…ACRL is providing scholarship funding for two librarians to attend OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany, November 11-13. To be eligible for selection, just follow the OpenCon application process and instructions. If you are a librarian and have already applied, then great! If you are chosen to participate in OpenCon and are an ACRL member, you will be considered for an ACRL-sponsored scholarship. Your information will be conveyed to a group of ACRL member leaders for review and selection…

According to Information Today “the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) announced that 16 more publishers have agreed to release their reference data into the public domain, including AIP Publishing, De Gruyter, Emerald Publishing, and SciELO. The percentage of articles with open reference data has increased from 40% at I4OC’s launch to 45%, which translates to more than 16 million articles. More organizations have joined the list of stakeholders endorsing I4OC, including AI2, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), Jisc, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and ScienceOpen.

For more information, read the press release.

According to Good E-Readeraudiobook sales have been growing over the past four years and major publishers have all disclosed that audio sales are making up for the massive decline for their e-book units. How have audiobooks been growing in the first six months of 2017?

Michele Cobb, executive director of the Audio Publishers Association, pointed to the “significant” increase in units and dollars that audio has seen in the past few years; the tremendous popularity of podcasts; and referenced association surveys…”

Digital Reader notes that “for years now everyone from teachers to states, universities, and foundations have been releasing textbooks which are free to use, but now some schools are taking this a step further – they’re redesigning their degree programs so that students do not have to buy a single textbook. As an example they point to College of the Canyons, a California community college that “got a grant to launch its first Zero Textbook Cost Degree program…”

According to infoDOCKET  “since 2007, the Digital Library of Georgia has been providing access to the state’s historic newspapers through multiple, online city and regional newspaper archives. The DLG’s newest website, Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN), continues that tradition by bringing together new and existing resources into a single, consolidated website…”

infoDOCKET also reports that the U.S. Census Bureau has “released detailed statistics of social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics for hundreds of race, tribal, Hispanic origin and ancestry populations.

These tables from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey contain the most detail for these populations and are available at numerous geographic levels…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources