News & Announcements 6/25/14

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Library of Congress Releases Recommended Formats For Long-Term Preservation; Google Will Finance Carnegie Mellon’s MOOC Research; Perseus Imprints to be Sold to Hachette Book Group; SAGE launches resource of extensive, interactive social science data from across the U.S.; Five IOP journals to switch to electronic only; Distribution Units to Ingram Content; M.E. Sharpe Transitions from Its Proprietary Publisher Direct Database Platform, Works with EBSCO… and OverDrive and Civica partner for Improved eBook Integration in Spydus 9;

Library of Congress Releases Recommended Formats For Long-Term Preservation (6 Types of Creative Works)

According ot InfoDOCKET on Monday “the Library of Congress today released a set of recommended formats for a broad spectrum of creative works, ranging from books to digital music, to inform the Library’s acquisition practices. The format recommendations will help ensure the Library’s collections processes are considering and maximizing the long-term preservation potential of its large and varied collections.

The recommended formats can be viewed here [full text PDF also embedded below] www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rfs/ and cover six categories of creative output…”

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “Google announced on Tuesday that it would give Carnegie Mellon $300,000 in each of the next two years through the Google Focused Research Award program. Google can fund the research for a third year at the same price if it chooses.

The university’s research will focus on “data driven” approaches to research on massive open online courses, including “techniques for automatically analyzing and providing feedback on student work,” according to a news release. “

According to Publishers Lunch “the owners of the Perseus Books Group have agreed to a sale of the company, in an unusual three-way transaction, with a formal announcement expected later today following final execution of the documents. Our understanding of the deal based on people familiar with the negotiations is that Hachette Book Group is purchasing PBG, and then in turn will sell to Ingram Content Group…”

SAGE today announces the launch of SAGE Stats, an interactive statistical resource that provides vetted, hard-to-find data from private and public sources to students and researchers. SAGE Stats includes both state and local data, and will add future statistical collections that cover the broad range of the social sciences.

“IOP Publishing (IOP) has announced that five of the company’s research journals will become electronic only and will no longer print paper editions. This transition will take effect with the 2015 subscription year and affects Biofabrication, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Biomedical Materials, Journal of Breath Research and Physical Biology…”

ebsco logo - www.library.yale.eduAccording to PRWeb M.E. Sharpe, … has decided to discontinue Sharpe-Online Reference (SOLR) and has partnered with EBSCO Information Services to ensure that customers maintain perpetual access to the titles they have purchased. SOLR customers have been given unlimited simultaneous use access to their titles on EBSCO eBooks to help them during a transition period and once the SOLR platform is no longer accessible customers will continue to have access via EBSCO eBooks.

Library Technology Guides reports that “Civica announced an agreement with OverDrive to deliver seamless eBook access in Spydus 9. This partnership is one of the first for Spydus 9, and is the result of customer feedback requesting better integration of electronic resources in the public catalogue…”

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