News You Need to Start the Week

by | Apr 22, 2013 | 0 comments

MOOCs and Libraries blog reports; the Library of Congress wins special Grammy; NISO’s “EPUB3 and the Future of Interoperable E-books Virtual Conference; Penguin settles with EU on agency pricing; OCLC’s partnership with T and Biscuits; SAGE supports library travel grant for ALPSP; OCLC Research library partnership briefings in California.

The “MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?” event took place 18-19 March at the University of Pennsylvania and was broadcast live online. Hosted by OCLC Research and University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the event featured thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs, and engaged attendees in discussions about strategic opportunities and challenges going forward.

OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt organized the event and has posted a series of six blog posts on the OCLC Research blog, Hangingtogether, that recap presentation highlights and summarize its outcomes. These blog posts include:

  1. MOOCs and Libraries: Introduction
  2. MOOCs and Libraries: Copyright, Licensing, Open Access
  3. MOOCs and Libraries: Production and Pedagogy
  4. MOOCs and Libraries: New Opportunities for Librarians
  5. MOOCs and Libraries: Who Are the Masses? A View of the Audience
  6. MOOCs and Libraries: Next Steps?

Citing an Associated Press report in Billboard, InfoDOCKET reports that  “the music industry honored the Library of Congress with a special Grammy Award on Wednesday night for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings, along with honors for Jennifer Hudson.

The Recording Academy presented its Grammys on the Hill Award to the library at an event in Washington, featuring appearances by producer Clive Davis, singer Yolanda Adams and others…”

InfoDOCKET also provides links to the program and PowerPoint slides from NISO’s “EPUB3 and the Future of Interoperable E-books: What Libraries Need to Know” Virtual Conference took place on April 17, 2013.

The Bookseller reports that “Penguin has reached an agreement with the EU to settle its antitrust investigation over agency pricing, in order to “clear the decks” ahead of the company’s proposed merger with Random House.

According to the EU’s Official Journal, Penguin will not “restrict, limit or impede” e-book retailers’ discounts or their ability to “set, alter or reduce retail prices for e-books” for two years.

Penguin was the last remaining company under antitrust investigation in the EU not to have offered a settlement. Apple, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Livre and Holtzbrinck all made a proposal to settle the EU probe in September last year…”

T and Biscuits, based in South London, U.K., has created a mobile reference app, ReferenceME, that has been a Top 10 Educational App Download on the iTunes store as well as being voted the App of the Week for IOS and Android by The Guardian.

The app lets students scan book barcodes to discover, cite and create lists for information in e-books, books, chapters, magazines, newspapers, websites, journals, films and more. It also provides quick search access to the world’s library collections via WorldCat, made possible by APIS available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform,

“SAGE has announced it will be sponsoring a librarian place again at this year’s Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International conference. The annual event takes place this year from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 September 2013 in Birmingham, United Kingdom…”

Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt and Program Officer Jackie Dooley are hosting two OCLC Research Library Partnership Briefings: one on Monday, April 22nd at Partner Institution University of California, Irvine from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and the other on Tuesday, April 23rd at Partner Institution University of California, Los Angeles from 1:30-3:30 p.m.


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