The student consumer and the rise of e-textbook platforms;  *Long-awaited FDLP Modernization Act would strengthen public access to government information;  *University of Arkansas Library to Put Bulk of Books Into Storage;  * Studs Terkel Radio Archive Containing 5,600 Shows/Interviews Goes Live Online on May 16th; Several Hundred Interviews Available to Stream Today;  *Library Copyright Alliance Welcomes Introduction of Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act;  *University of Chicago Press in Partnership with Rutgers University Press*University of Wisconsin—Madison Proposing Removal of Over 200 Million Books from Its Campus Libraries; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources


The fourth Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) briefing paper will be published later this month (March).

‘The student consumer and the rise of e-textbook platforms’ A recent report for the Society of College, National & University Libraries (Sconul) listed ‘students as customers’ as one of the five top ‘transformational’ trends that will impact libraries over the next ten years.[i] These student consumers are not all happy and one reason is the rising cost of textbooks and the lack of availability from libraries.  The briefing paper looks at the textbook market and the moves to digital and more interactive learning resources…”


According to District Dispatch “The bipartisan FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305) was introduced on March 15 following months of effort by the Committee on House Administration. The bill would modernize the Federal Depository Library Program and related programs that provide public access to government information. The bill is sponsored by Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS), Ranking Member Bob Brady (D-PA), and Committee members Rodney Davis (R-IL), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Mark Walker (R-NC), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD)…”


According to infoDOCKET “renovations to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville main campus library will result in up to three-quarters of books and other printed materials moving to a new off-campus storage facility.

The move comes as campuses nationally have seen declines in the number of items being checked out, with UA also seeking to add more group study space within Mullins Library to keep up with growing numbers of students…”


Also according to infoDOCKET The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world’s great spoken-word collections, consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel’s hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997, will become available to the general public on what would have been Terkel’s 106th birthday, May 16, 2018…”


According to ACRL Insider “the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and ACRL, welcomes the introduction on March 15, 2018, of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act by the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees, Chairmen Grassley and Corker and Ranking Members Feinstein and Menendez, as well as Senators Harris, Hatch, and Leahy…”


“The University of Chicago Press has announced that it has entered a new partnership with Rutgers University Press to distribute its print books. The University of Chicago Press, who already provides print and digital services to about 130 publishers, will begin to distribute Rutgers University Press titles beginning July 1…”


“Melville House reports that, according to a recent story by community radio station WORT-FM, the University of Wisconsin—Madison is seeking to consolidate around 20 of its libraries and remove two million books from campus. The article explains that the university administrators and faculty are still in the planning stages, but the proposal is controversial to some. According to the article the books that would be removed are those of little use to the libraries…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources