News & Announcements 6/12/14

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news2Authors Guild Responds to HathiTrust Ruling; Hachette reveals Amazon digital sales share; Sneak peek at forthcoming ACRL revised IL framework; Brill completes acquisition of Editions Rodopi; SAGE set to publish Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics; ProQuest unveils 2014 edition of The Annual Register; and Wiley Acquires SimBioSys;

HathiTrust - www.hathitrust.org QuickWire: Authors Guild Responds to HathiTrust Ruling

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Authors Guild has responded to the federal “district court’s ruling in favor of the HathiTrust Digital Library in a copyright-infringement lawsuit.

On Wednesday the guild released a statement in response to the ruling, calling it a “narrow fair-use decision” that “was not a total victory for either side.” The group did not say what its next legal move might be or whether it had decided to mount another appeal.

That could depend in part on the next developments in another high-profile lawsuit, also brought by the guild, over Google’s mass scanning of books. In April the authors’ group appealed a district-court judge’s 2013 ruling that Google’s book digitizing constituted fair use…”

ACRL Insider reports that “members of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force have been working diligently to revise the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher ACRL-for-acrl.alaEducation. They’ve been reviewing all the community feedback to the February 20 and April 4 drafts and are working to improve and expand the revised draft, which will be released next week.

BookSeller reports that “Amazon has a 78% market share of Hachette Livre e-book titles in the UK and a 60% share in the US, an Investor Day presentation by Hachette Livre has revealed.

The presentation, … has shed fresh light into how hard the publisher must be being hit by its current row over terms with Amazon in the US, which has seen pre-ordering removed from selected Hachette Book Group titles. The presentation has also discussed a necessary “rebalancing” between the company’s US and UK operations…”

This OCLC press release reports that “the University of Delaware is the first member of the Association of Research Libraries and the 200th library to go live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system…”

Edmonton Public Library (EPL) of Alberta, Canada has been named the 2014 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Each year, this prestigious recognition goes to a public library that most profoundly demonstrates service to community, creativity, leadership and innovation in developing community programs.

(The Edmonton Public Library is the first Canadian Library to Receive Award)

BrillAccording ot this press release “today Koninklijke Brill N.V. has closed the acquisition of all shares of Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam. The acquisition includes highly esteemed book series and journals in history, philosophy, theology, social sciences, linguistics, literature, and cultural studies. In total, the publishing list comprises of 3,000 book titles, growing by 130 new titles each year, for the most part in the English language, but also in French, German and Spanish…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “SAGE will begin publishing the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE), beginning July 2014.

JERHRE claims to be the only journal in the field of human research ethics dedicated exclusively to publishing empirical research. With a focus on a wide variety of cultures and contexts, the journal fosters collaboration among the ethics research community, stimulates new research, and disseminates knowledge to foster intelligent application of ethical principles in research contexts worldwide…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “ProQuest recently held a special event at the Royal Society of Medicine in London to launch the 2014 edition of The Annual Register. The event, held each year, celebrates a new volume of the publication, which provides expert analysis of developments in every country of the world, as well as the fields of economics, the environment, science and the arts, religion and the law…”

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,… announced today that it has acquired SimBioSys Inc., a provider of scientific software tools that facilitate the drug discovery process. Terms were not disclosed…”

 

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