News & Announcements 6/10/14

by | Jun 10, 2014 | 0 comments

ALA applauds second circuit affirmation of fair use; IMLS Results of State Library Administrative Agency Survey for FY2012; Kickstarter’s Creator Handbook; LYRASIS Awarded Preservation Field Services Grant by NEH; Mosio Empowers Embedded Librarianship with New Widget; and IGI Global Titles Now Integrated Into Paratext’s Reference Universe.

District Dispatch reports that “today, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld (pdf) the ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that providing a full text search database and providing access to works for people with print disabilities is fair use. The court also ruled that the Authors Guild lacked standing, and therefore could not assert infringement claims against the HathiTrust. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which the American Library Association (ALA) is a member, filed an amicus brief (pdf) in support of the HathiTrust..”

For more information for the decision checkout this reaction by the Association of Research Libraries Libraries Applaud Landmark Copyright Ruling Affirming Fair Use as well as this report from GIGAOM

InfoDOCKET notes that “the Institute of Museum and Library Services issued the State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA) Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 Report which provides a view of the condition of state library administrative agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

IMLS Logo - imls.govThe results of this study show that while SLAAs continue to shape library services in their states, they have faced a period of declining revenues. The revenue from federal, state and other sources to SLAAs totaled nearly $1 billion in FY 2012, a 27 percent decrease in revenue from FY 2003 and a 12 percent decrease from FY 2010. The overall decline in total revenue is due to declines in state revenue, which decreased 15 percent from FY 2010 and decreased 32 percent FY 2003. The majority (77 percent) of revenue for state library administrative agencies is derived from the states themselves…”

GalleyCat notes that the crowd sourced funding site Kickstarter “has published a Creator Handbook online with lots of tips and tricks about creating a successful project.

The guide walks users through every step along the way of a Kickstarter project from figuring out how to tell your story and what kinds of rewards to offer to advice on promotions and fulfillment.

According to Library Technology Guides “the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Lyrasis_Logo_tagline_v3LYRASIS a grant of $265,000 to provide preservation programming for organizations in its membership region that hold and provide access to humanities collections and resources. The two-year project begins July 2014 and will provide education, training, consulting and information resources to raise awareness of preservation issues and improve preservation planning and practices across the full spectrum of humanities collections held by libraries and other cultural heritage organizations…

Library Technology Guides also reports that “librarians can now extend their reach beyond the library walls with Mosio’s new OmniWidget. A complimentary feature of Mosio’s all-in-one library support tool, librarians can use the new widget to embed library help in Facebook, e-resources from any provider, discovery services, learning management systems, library and departmental websites and other heavily trafficked areas, connecting with patrons via text, chat and email at their point of need…”

pub_prof_igi-global_logoIGI Global and Paratext announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 150 IGI Global reference titles are now accessible via Paratext’s Reference Universe service…  All of IGI Global’s current works, including encyclopedias, multi-volume book collections, as well as single and two-volume handbooks of research, will now be accessible.


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