In the news:  Amazon’s Kindle lending library; a Forrester Research survey of digital expectations; the NCFL Libraries & Families award; ASCE selects a new publishing platform; Springerplus a new open access journal; IGI Global sponsors Midwinter attendee; and more…

Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library Zooms Past 75,000 Titles, Authors Earn $1.70 Per Borrow

“Amazon’s Kindle lending library now contains over 75,000 titles, and the company is reporting that customers borrowed 295,000 titles in December. In addition, self-published authors and independent publishers who make their titles available to the lending library have earned $1.70 per borrow.”

Executives Now Doubt that Digital Will Improve Their Corporate Prospects

Results from new version of a survey from Forrester Research to be presented at Digital Book World later this month will show “a distinct ebb in digital optimism. In one of the biggest shifts, only 28 percent of publishing executives now think their own companies will be better off because of the transition to digital, versus 51 percent a year ago.”

NCFL/Better World Books Libraries and Families Award

The National Center for Family Literacy is now accepting applications for the third annual Libraries and Families Award, made possible by Better World Books. Three library literacy programs that serve families will win $10,000 each and scholarships to the National Conference on Family Literacy in 2012 and 2013. (The NCFL is also accepting nominations for the Toyota Teacher of the Year.)

ASCE Chooses Atypon Platform for the ASCE Library

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced “that it has selected Atypon’s Literatum™ publishing platform to power the next generation of the ASCE Library. The new platform will launch third quarter 2012.  The new ASCE Library will make use of Atypon … to become a single destination for all ASCE technical content. The new platform will be augmented by… discovery tools including taxonomic browsing and data visualizations…”

Springer launches interdisciplinary open access journal SpringerPlus

“Springer’s new open access journalSpringerPlus is a further addition to the publishing company’s SpringerOpen portfolio …” and “is the publisher’s first open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering the entire scientific spectrum. Papers from emerging areas of research are welcome…”

IGI Global Announces 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting Academic Librarian Sponsorship Recipient

“IGI Global… is proud to announce the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting Academic Librarian Sponsorship recipient: Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University, USA.  In recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of Library Information Science, IGI Global is pleased to honor her with a $500 stipend for her attendance of the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas from January 20th to January 24th, 2012.”

Steve Berry named Preservation Week 2012 national spokesman

“New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry has been named the first national spokesperson for Preservation Week (April 22-28, 2012).  Berry will make an appearance at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  He will keynote the Preservation Week 2012 Kick Off, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Monday, Jan. 23, in the Convention Center,room A201/202…

Charlie Griswold and Michael McFarland Join Credo Reference

Credo Reference…  “is pleased to announce the hiring of Charles Griswold and Michael McFarland.  The twin technical hires bring … digital depth to the existing product team at Credo Reference.   Charles Griswold joins Credo as “VP of Product Development and Innovation” and Michael McFarland will serve as “Senior Technical Manager, and will be responsible for cloud service management, overall performance management, operational integrity, and customer consultative services…”