Net Neutrality Comments Filed with FCC by Higher Education and Library Coalition; IMLS Opens Nominations for 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Odilio partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface; University of California Press partners with online platform Chegg; Amazon Reveals Kindle Unlimited eBook Subscription Service; Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement; ProQuest introduces new interface for reports in 360 Counter; and KnowledgeSpeak also reports a number of new journal releases.
On July 18, 2014, a coalition of higher education and library organizations—including ARL—filed comments urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect and promote the open Internet.
According to No Shelf Required the Colorado “statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs…”
University of California Press (UC Press) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with student hub, Chegg, to give students digital access to UC Press books. This partnership will make UC Press’s innovative, thought-provoking course books more accessible by allowing students to read them online at any time, from any device.
GalleyCat reports that “after rumors have been flying all week about Amazon getting into the eBook subscription business, the online retail giant has confirmed the service and has revealed the details. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited, a new eBook subscription service that operates as a kind of Netflix for eBooks. The service is available on Kindle devices, as well as on Kindle apps…”
GalleyCat also reports that “Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak “ProQuest has introduced a new interface for reports in 360 Counter. As of June 23, current 360 Counter customers were able to access the new interface for e-resource usage reporting, based on the Intota Assessment platform…”
KnowledgeSpeak also reports the following new journal releases:
- Elsevier launches Open Access journal Burnout Research
- SAGE and FABBS launch new journal – Policy Insights from the Behavioral & Brain Sciences
- First articles published in new fully Open Access journals from EDP Open
- Elsevier launches new OA journal – Bone Reports
- IDS to re-launch IDS Bulletin as a gold open access publication in 2016
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.