April 19, 2014

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EBSCO Releases New Metadata Sharing and Collaboration Policy For Discovery Service Vendors

From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 500,000+ e-books, as well as over 50 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging […]

DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

On April 18, 2013 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) formally launched. Tomorrow, DPLA celebrates its first birthday. Congratulations to Founding Director, Dan Cohen and the entire DPLA team. At the bottom of this post are several infoDOCKET posts from DPLA’s first year including one that looks at the cool, useful, and our favorite […]

Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Ebook Suit | PubCrawl

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When Open Road Media published an ebook edition of Jean Craighead George’s 1973 Newbery Award–­winning Julie of the Wolves in 2011, it was business as usual for the company, which had secured rights from George prior to her death in 2012. But HarperCollins sued Open Road in 2011, saying that its 1971 contract superseded Open Road’s and gave it the exclusive right to license the ebook. On March 14, Publishers Lunch reported that Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald had ruled in favor of Harper.

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

From an Institute of Museum and Library Services “Up Next” Blog Post by Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation,and Justin Grimes, Statistician, IMLS: With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products […]

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

From an Institute of Museum and Library Services “Up Next” Blog Post by Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation,and Justin Grimes, Statistician, IMLS: With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products […]

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

The full text report (HTML) is available here. A PDF version is “coming soon” according to ALA. Highlights From the Report (via ALA News Release and Report Intro): Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the […]

The Authors Guild Files Brief in Google Books Appeal & Proposes That Congress Establish a National Digital Library

From the Associated Press: “Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.” From the Authors Guild News Release: “Without the permissions that Amazon had painstakingly […]

Measuring the Value of Journals | Periodicals Price Survey 2014

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Journal price data is important for budget management processes, but price alone is not the sole factor determining value. Some metrics, like Impact Factor, have become important in assessing value, and similar value metrics will only increase in importance in the future. The implementation of the Counter 4 during 2014 will expand the availability of usage data from journals, databases, ebooks, and multimedia to support better decision-making. Building upon COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) and working with the digital object identifier (DOI) and ORCID (open researcher and contributor ID) identifier, the PIRUS (Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) Code of Practice is designed to provide usage data at the individual article level, consolidating usage across platforms.

Steps Down the Evolutionary Road | Periodicals Price Survey 2014

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The birth of the World Wide Web 25 years ago was the big bang event that spurred more change in the serials and scholarly publishing world than seen in the century that preceded it. Since that time, we have rapidly evolved from the print world to that of e-journals, e-journal packages, and open access (OA). But in the serials ecosystem, as in nature, not all things evolve at the same rate, and the cumulative impact of subtle steps can bring about profound change over time. Despite some notable events, such as the purchase of Mendeley by Elsevier, the sale of Springer to BC Partners, and the launch of SCOAP 3, there was no major disruption in the serials world during 2013.

Florida: Without More Tax Dollars, Miami-Dade Library System Would Fire More Than Half its Full-Time Staff

Note: Two related items are linked at the bottom of this post. From the Miami Herald: Without more tax dollars, Miami-Dade County’s library system would fire 56 percent of its full-time staff and bring on part-time workers to operate branches that will see hours cut by an average of 35 percent, according to a document […]