“The University of Missouri’s decision to scrap its academic publishing business in favor of a digital-driven alternative has generated withering criticism from authors and scholars far beyond Missouri. Opponents now hope to boost their efforts by tapping into the school’s biggest resource: some of the nearly 35,000 students who will descend on campus next month.
The campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors hosted nearly 70 faculty and other University of Missouri Press supporters Tuesday to discuss strategy. The call for student involvement came from author William Least Heat-Moon, a former MU English professor and four-time Missouri graduate…”
“JSTOR is pleased to announce a collaboration with the National Library of Israel and the University of Haifa Library to digitize core Hebrew language journals and make them available on the JSTOR platform. A pilot project is currently underway featuring the full back runs of four key journals: Horizons in Geography ( אופקים בגיאוגרפיה), Megamot (מגמות), Tarbiz (תרביץ), and Zion (ציון). JSTOR and the National Library of Israel plan to continue adding titles and hope to launch a collection of up to 50 Hebrew journals spanning a range of disciplines, including Jewish studies, history, sociology, and the social sciences.”
“As part of a plan to operate local and global systems at Webscale service levels, OCLC is now operating a new data center in Toronto, Canada. The Toronto center becomes the fifth international data center in OCLC’s worldwide network and will enhance the cooperative’s ability to deliver OCLC WorldShare Management Services to member libraries in Canada.
Over the past eight months, OCLC opened data centers in Sydney, Australia, and London, England, while maintaining its two primary operations data centers in the United States. Another data center in Europe is scheduled to come online in 2013.”
Baker & Taylor, Inc., … is honored to announce that it has won a prestigious award from the National Federation of the Blind for making ebooks available to blind individuals through the groundbreaking Axis 360 digital media platform, which includes the Blio ereader. Baker & Taylor received the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award at the NFB’s annual convention in Dallas. The award honors individuals and organizations that have “made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.” The NFB commended Baker & Taylor for its “industry-leading example in making its ebook products accessible…With the digital book services of Baker & Taylor, our goal of reading equality – same book, same time, same price – is being fulfilled as never before…”
“SciLogs.com, a new English language blogging network for scientists and science communicators, launches today. Nature Network bloggers will be amongst the first to take up their new home on the WordPress-based site. “We’ve made these changes so that our bloggers can take advantage of recent improvements in blogging technology, and so that we can offer a better service to those who choose to blog with us,” said Lou Woodley, Communities Specialist, nature.com.
More than 25 Nature Network blogs are making a new home on SciLogs.com. They have transferred their full archive with them, so that previous conversations are preserved for posterity. Redirects are in place so that links and search indexing continues to work seamlessly.”
IGI Global, an international publishing company specializing in applied research publications on all aspects of information technology management, is proud to welcome James Lingle as Director of National Sales and Marketing for Electronic Resources.
Originally from Wolverhampton, England, James has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, acquiring several senior roles in sales and marketing. Most recently, he was the National/International Sales Manager at ABC-CLIO. “With the growth that IGI Global has experienced in the past two years, we felt it was important to add a senior level person to manage and lead all of our sales and marketing efforts within academic libraries and consortia domestically,” said IGI Global Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Saeed Otufat-Shamsi. “We are excited to have James on board. His experience and personality will be an excellent addition to our team”.