Today’s news includes a release from ebrary; a new acquisition by Amazon Publishing; an “Occupied” library; and plans for a new British Library website.
Today ebrary “announced that it has partnered with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Under terms of the agreement, nearly 300 AIAA e-books will be available on the ebrary platform to libraries throughout the world, under a variety of acquisition models…. The vast majority of the nearly 300 AIAA titles will be available in Academic Complete™, ebrary’s flagship subscription e-book database.”
Amazon has rounded out its publishing division with the acquisition the Marshall Cavendish’s children’s list. And according to Amazon’s Jeff Belle they “see the potential for similar deals across other categories in the future.”
Evidently libraries are not immune to being “occupied”. Due to budget cuts three campus libraries were closed at UC San Diego so “on Monday, UCSD students camped out in front of a closed library, and eventually forced open the doors and rushed inside said library to protest the lack of 24 hour study space on campus.” As one student said “”It’s not like we just want to go in there and party. We just want to study for our finals.”
“The British Library is planning a major project to build a new online platform and replace its existing website. Over the next 3-5 years it will run a web redevelopment project to create a new online presence that will provide targeted content for researchers, learners and the public.”