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by | Apr 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Leading U.K. Bookseller Blackwell’s Selects Ingram’s VitalSource(R) to Launch e-Textbook Solution for Customers

Blackwell’s … has selected Ingram’s VitalSource® to power e-textbook solutions for their customers.  According to David Prescott, Managing Director, Blackwell’s Bookshop and Online, “The education community is now looking to us to provide innovation in the digital age, and with the VitalSource platform, we have the resources to deliver a variety of comprehensive e-textbook offerings to the students and institutions we serve…”

Research Data Curation Bibliography

Charles W. Bailey Jr. recently posted The Research Data Curation Bibliography which “includes selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.  In some ways this efforts acts as a more narrowly focused supplement and update to Mr. Bailey’s book Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010

This bibliography does not cover books, digital media works (such as MP3 files), editorials, e-mail messages, interviews, letters to the editor, presentation slides or transcripts, unpublished e-prints, or weblog postings. Coverage of technical reports is very selective.  Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers’ descriptions are provided…”

EBSCO Publishing Introduces The African American Historical Serials Collection

“EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) announced the release of the latest database in its Historic Digital Archive Collection, The African American Historical Serials Collection. Developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), this digital collection includes African-American periodicals, annuals and reports published from 1829-1922, including materials from African-American religious organizations and social service agencies. The African American Historical Serials Collection was developed as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African-American religious life and culture…”

PowerPoint Presentations from Last Week’s Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Symposium Now Available

INFOdocket reports that “links to PPT slides for many presenters at last week’s Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Symposium are now available and have been added to the agenda.

The symposium took place in Berkeley, CA and was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT). Links to three white papers that were released by BCLT prior to the event are linked here.


Bodleian and Vatican digitise 1.5 million ancient texts

Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online.  The two libraries announced the four-year project after receiving a £2m award from the Polonsky Foundation… Greek manuscripts, 15th Century printed books and Hebrew early printed books and manuscripts will be digitised.

Welcome to the New INFOdocket!

For those of you who missed it, last week INFOdocket formed a partnership with Library Journal and will now appear as part of the overall LJ website.  According to Gary Price, the force behind INFOdocket, his daily report “will continue to be the place to find hand-picked news, reports, and links related to the hot library and publishing topics of the day. But now it will also serve as something of a first-pass site, providing context and coverage that will feed into the full reporting coming from the LJ News team…”

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