Four universities in Sweden acquire Springer Book Archives; New Research From Deloitte Shows Book Purchasing Has Reached Digital Tipping Point in the UK; The Top Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Hubs, Partners, and Other Usage Statistics; Jisc and ProQuest Enable Access to Essential Digital Content; Thomson Reuters EndNote partners with Science Hack Day to expand global scientific movement; Dade Medical College and University of Southernmost Florida set to launch Southernmost University Press; and University of Pennsylvania Press selects De Gruyter as distribution partner for econtent Press.
According to this press release “four major universities and research institutions in Sweden have adopted Springer Book Archives (SBA) Springer’s retrodigitized eBooks. Chalmers University, the University of Stockholm and KTH The Royal Institute of Technology have purchased the complete English-language selection consisting of more than 56,000 titles in eleven subject collections. The University of Borås has acquired six subject collections…”
InfoDOCKET cites a summary of a new report published by Deloitte that “the average UK household spends £900 on media a year, with … purchases such as books, DVDs and newspapers representing 52% of their total media spend. The new report “The Digital Divide” paints a snapshot of a typical media consumer, their newspaper reading habits, attitudes to video gaming, social networking, and television viewing behaviours…
For the first time a majority of respondents (51%) said they buy more digital books than physical copies. The most popular way to find out about new books is Amazon (39%) compared to chain bookshops (22%) and only 7% in an independent bookstore. Friend’s recommendations and word of mouth were the second most influential at 30%.
InfoDOCKET also notes that “the May 2014 HathiTrust Update includes a link to several interesting lists and charts about DPLA that are found in DPLA Hupdate (04). We know many of you have an interest in this project and wanted to pass it along…”
Library Technology Guides reports that “A new agreement for a national license between Jisc and ProQuest will enable access for the UK Higher Education community to two major digital archives: Early European Books Collections 1-4 and The Vogue Archive…”
Thomson Reuters EndNote …has announced a collaboration with Science Hack Day, a global grassroots movement aimed at empowering scientific innovation, to expand its efforts to enable scientists, engineers, programmers and designers to work together in the same physical space to nurture new scientific concepts… EndNote will help the movement further its goal of making science more accessible by providing funding and marketing support to increase awareness, enhance current events and spread the movement to new cities…”
- Dade Medical College and University of Southernmost Florida set to launch Southernmost University Press
According to KnowledgeSpeak “Dade Medical College and its learning affiliate University of Southernmost Florida are poised to launch a new academic venture this summer with the formation of the Southernmost University Press. The launch will encompass a significant investment of long-term capital by the institutions, and represents a continuation of the organisations’ dedication to the educational development of its students, as well as provide a platform for current and future faculty to contribute both literary and academic works.
No Sheldo Required reports that “the University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) has signed a contract granting De Gruyter global distribution rights to its electronic products. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Penn Press while also strengthening De Gruyter’s portfolio with a range of premier academic publications…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.