In the News: Microsoft offers to buy Nook; Charleston Library Society’s collection of George Washington letters;  National Library Legislative Day draws hundreds of advocates; New Executive Order on Government Transparency; Australia and New Zealand libraries make collections available with OCLC’s CONTENTdm; and EBSCO introduces Civil War digital archive collection.

  Microsoft Mulling Nook Media LLC Purchase For $1 Billion

TechCrunch reported  that “Microsoft is offering to pay $1 billion to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC, the digital book and college book joint venture with Barnes & Noble and other investors, according to internal documents we’ve obtained. In this plan, Microsoft would redeem preferred units in Nook Media, which also includes a college book division, leaving it with the digital operation — e-books, as well as Nook e-readers and tablets…

See also: Commentary: Microsoft To Buy Nook? What It Could Mean by Jeremy Greenfield in Forbes.

This local ABC news and video report features the  Charleston Library Society and its collection of George Washington letters.  “The letters, the personal correspondence between Washington and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent Charleston politician, called on Pinckney to take a position in Washington’s cabinet…

The letters were passed down from generation to generation of the Pinckney family and kept in a box in the attic. Assistant Researcher Robert Salvo notes “the letters were eventually framed and displayed in a family office until they were donated to the library society in the 1970s.  The final piece of the collection was donated to the library society in 2005…”

District Dispatch reports that “from May 7–8, 2013, more than 350 librarians, patrons, trustees, educators and parents met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 39th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for national libraries

Advocates discussed the need to protect federal library funding and support access to federally-funded scholarly journal articles, among other issues….

New Executive Order Will Increase Government Transparency

District Dispatch also notes that “the White House has issued a new Executive Order, making open and machine readable the new default for government information and a memo, Open Data Policy – Managing information as an asset.  These documents provide a new set of guidelines for government agencies that will help to ensure a more open and accessible government. “This Memorandum establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information’s life cycle to promote interoperability and openness…”

For additional information check out  the official statement on the White House blog that Jonathan Harwell posted on the ATG Facebook page

“Twenty-seven libraries throughout Australia and New Zealand are part of the more than 2,500 libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions around the world using OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software to manage their digital collections and make them available on the Web. Of the 27 libraries, 25 are part of the CONTENTdm software “quick start” program, which makes each Te Puna member, Amlib, VDX or OCLC WorldShare Management Services user eligible for its own CONTENTdm license hosted in the OCLC Sydney Data Center at no additional cost…”

“EBSCO introduces Civil War Primary Source Documents™, a comprehensive collection of primary source materials chronicling various aspects of the American Civil War. Drawn from the holdings of the New-York Historical Society, the collection captures various accounts of the Civil War as it was experienced on land and sea…”