News You Need to Start the Week

by | Nov 12, 2012 | 0 comments

NLM starts web collecting initiative; ReadCube Access offered to the public; HarperCollins Closes Last Warehouses;CRL Audits GPO’s Digital Repository; Wiley Partners with TED; World Newspaper Archive Reaches 2.5 Million Pages; Magazine Publishers Monetize Digital Media; and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Buys Webster’s New World Dictionary & CliffsNotes

NLM Launches Web Content Collecting Initiative

According to Information Today, “the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched a web content collecting initiative. The Library is selecting web content as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible the scholarly biomedical literature as well as resources that illustrate a diversity of philosophical and cultural perspectives not found in the technical literature. NLM has already been archiving portions of its own web domain considered to be of enduring value. With this new effort, the Library is now collecting web content that others have created…”

Also from Information Today is a report that Nature Publishing Group and Labtiva have opened a pilot of the ReadCube Access program to the public for inexpensive single-click purchases and 2-day rentals. The program is designed to help researchers, doctors, journalists, and the wider public who do not already hold subscriptions gain access to articles in high-impact scientific journals, including Nature and the Nature research journals…”

This seems to be following up on a ReadCube Access arrangement with Nature Publishing and the University of Utah’s library system that allowed researchers to “rent” articles for lest than $6 and buy them for around $11 that we reported in our article of the week on October 9, 2012.  (ReadCube Access also held a Fast Tech Talk this past Saturday morning at the Charleston Conference.)

 Wiley Partners with TED

Citing the press release, ResourceShelf reports that John Wiley & Sons, Inc. “announced… a new collaboration with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to create and supply instructor materials for their recently launched series of “TED Studies,”21 collections of curated talks, organized into popular academic subject areas. Wiley will commission instructor materials to accompany TED’s offering to educators. These materials will be offered at no cost with TED’s video content on iTunesU, and other platforms around the world…”

According to a report in  last week’s Scranton Times-Tribune “HarperCollins will close its warehouse and distribution operation in Throop (PA) next summer and put close to 200 people out of work…” as well as “close a warehouse in Nashville, exit the distribution field, and hand off its warehousing and distribution functions to RR Donnelly, a Chicago-based printer. Donnelly prints most of HarperCollins’s books. The move will save money and streamline distribution operations, according to HarperCollins…”

CRL to Audit GPO’s Digital Repository

“The U.S. Government Printing Office has engaged the Center for Research Libraries to undertake an in-depth audit of FDsys, the GPO’s federal digital repository…

The audit, to begin in January 2013 and be concluded by September, will use the Trusted Repository Audit and Certification (TRAC) metrics, published in 2007 by the National Archives and Records Administration, Research Libraries Group, and CRL. TRAC checklist criteria measure the ability of a given repository to preserve digital content in a way that serves the repository’s stakeholder community…”

“The World Newspaper Archive, a partnership of CRL member libraries and Readex (a division of NewsBank), has reached a milestone of 2,500,000 scanned pages across the four available modules. Member investment in this successful collaborative digitization program has enabled CRL and Readex to make 300,000 issues from more than 200 newspapers widely available electronically…”

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Buys Webster’s New World Dictionary & CliffsNotes

According to GalleyCat “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Webster’s New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes from John Wiley & Sons, also buying a collection of cookbook titles from the publisher… Along with the CliffsNotes titles, Houghton will assume control of the study guide website associated with the series–it currently counts two million visitors a month.”

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