Ebook distribution to libraries took another leap forward on October 17 when Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, 3M, and RBDigital (Recorded Books) told their customers that Macmillan’s entire ebook backlist, 11,000 titles from lead imprints St. Martin’s, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Macmillan Children’s, and Tor, would now be available to their patrons.
The recent infusion of $11 million into Open Road Integrated Media by private equity firm NewSpring Capital and others should come as no surprise to those librarians familiar with company CEO Jane Friedman. In only a few years, the former HarperCollins CEO and her team took the digital publishing and multimedia marketing company from distributing a handful of pre-1994 titles by major 20th-century authors like William Styron to over 4,000 titles from 500 authors.
Community outrage over having weeded a quarter of a million books into dumpsters isn’t the kind of public relations brouhaha that any library relishes dealing with. That scandal, though, may be the least of the problems for the Fairfax County Public Library, VA, (FCPL) where the library’s Board of Trustees has pressed pause on implementing a strategic plan that was supposed to help guide the library forward.
This year brought the sequester, casting its shadow on initiatives and agencies, including the Census Bureau yet again, which stands to take a $46 million hit that would delay the distribution of the 2012 Economic Census, curtail ongoing research, and impact planning for the 2020 decennial census. Time will tell how many more tried-and-true government resources will be affected and what kinds of workarounds might emerge to deliver data in a timely way. In the meantime, the Notable Documents panel thanks all who participated in the nominating process this year. Nearly all of the publications are available online, many with no-cost print counterparts.
By Josh Hadro A new University Press of Florida digital imprint and a deal between Kirtas and NYPL show the role of print-on-demand Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories UP of Florida imprint mixes repository and print access to textbooks Kirtas inks deal to scan 500,000 NYPL public domain works for POD [...]
By Michael Rogers ALA Conference 2009: Rough Guides for Gale, EBSCO/Ex Libris team, SirsiDynix Strategic Partnership Program Rough Guides added to Gale Virtual Reference Library EBSCO providing tech support for accessing Voyager and Aleph SirsiDynix debuts Strategic Partnership Program Gale has cut a licensing agreement to include more than 100 titles from the Penguin Group’s [...]
By Josh Hadro ARL: ruling affirms resolution against agreements with confidentiality clauses Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories County judge blocks motion; Elsevier won’t appeal In this case, no right to "confidentiality of proprietary pricing methods" ARL reaffirms opposition to confidentiality clauses Shortly after the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) warned its members [...]
By Josh Hadro Purchasing is already “under scrutiny;” further major cuts are coming Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Some campuses facing 20% cuts for 2010 Voters’ rejection of relief proposition compounds budget shortfall Time has come for "creative solutions" Facing an extraordinary statewide budget shortfall, exacerbated by voters’ rejection of ballot [...]