Today news includes items about opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, a report on the National Digital Public Library project, the joint Syracuse University and King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project, an agreement on journals from the Edinburgh University Press, Kindle Foreign language books, and a web exhibition from the National Library of Medicine.

Law Professors Join Critics of Antipiracy Bill Discussed at House Hearings

In an open letter to Congress “more than 100 professors at law schools across the nation” have joined groups like the Library Copyright Alliance and companies like Google to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act.

E-lending and public policy

Peter Brantley reports in Publishers’ Weekly news blog about a meeting he attended at the Los Angeles Public Library about the National Digital Public Library project.  “The NDPL is an IMLS, Sloan, and LA Library Foundation funded effort to concentrate attention on how public libraries can contribute to the creation of a national digital library system. There is a strong overlap in mission, goals, and personages with DPLA, but the intent here is to focus on public libraries.”

Syracuse University and The King Center announce The King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) and Syracuse University announce The King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project, a collaboration that will ensure that the slain civil rights leader’s legacy will be preserved for generations to come. Working with the Atlanta-based King Center, SU will preserve and digitize some 3,500 hours of audio and video footage of King.

Edinburgh University Press has confirmed a new NESLi2 agreement with JISC Collections for 2012.

The agreement provides libraries with access to all EUP journals via the NESLi2 SMP initiative. The journals are available in two collections:

1.       The EUP Complete Collection: 39 journals

2.       The EUP Complete Collection (no new titles): 34 journals

Customers can place orders for the collections at NESLi2 discounted rates through JISC Collections, via an agent or direct with Edinburgh University Press. All journal content provided under the NESLi2 licence is hosted on EUP Journals Online ( which offers fully COUNTER-compliant usage statistics.

Non-English books available from the Kindle Store’s homepage

The Kindle bookstore is now providing books in five major European languages: French – 38,937 titles; German – 35,309 titles; Italian – 6,301 titles; Spanish – 15,145 titles
and Portuguese – 3,247 titles.

NLM Announces New Online Exhibition “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year”

This new Web exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission when “the Library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the Library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.”

The exhibition may be found at: