News & Announcements 11/5/13

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OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management; Insight Media, Inc. joins forces with Alexander Street Press; Goldman Sachs to make minority investment in ProQuest; Copyright Clearance Center adds 16 publishers to Get It Now; Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business; and IFLA Signs on to major international document on human rights and surveillance

OCLC logo 2 OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management

“A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access…”

“Alexander Street Press announced today that it has acquired Insight Media, one of the largest distributors of video to the higher education market…

Together Alexander Street and Insight Media now hold distribution rights for nearly 50,000 top-quality titles in the higher education market. This arrangement combines Alexander Street’s expertise in the development and sale of large-scale collections of streaming video to libraries with Insight’s expertise in selling individual titles directly to academics…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “ProQuest announced today that an affiliate of Goldman Sachs will purchase a significant minority equity interest in the Company, including the stake held by private equity firm ABRY Partners. Goldman Sachs will join majority shareholder Cambridge Information Group (CIG) as a partner…”

Copyright clearance center“Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC),  has announced the addition of 16 new publishers to its award-winning Get It Now academic service.

The new publishers include Alcohol Research Documentation, Allerton Press, Allied Health, American College of Chest Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Agricultural and Biology, American Society of Nephrology, Annals Publishing, British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery, Endocrine Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Innovision Health…”

According to the Guardian, “ninety-eight UK publishers went out of business during the past year, 42% more than the year before, figures which reflect an ongoing squeeze on publishers’ profit margins driven by deep retail discounts and new digital business models…”

However, others take exception to the Guardian’s portrayal of the situation.

See Nate Hoffelder’s piece on The Digital Reader and Paul St John Mackintosh’s post on TeleRead: Guardian scapegoats ebooks for UK publisher massacre that seconds, and then adds to Hoffelder’s argument.

IFLA has become a signatory to the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

The Principles document is the product of a year-long negotiation process between Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, and the Association for Progressive Communications. The document spells out how existing human rights law applies to modern digital surveillance and gives civil society groups, industry,  lawmakers and observers a benchmark for measuring states’ surveillance practices against long-established human rights standards…”

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