News & Announcements 7/26/14

by | Jul 26, 2014 | 0 comments

blocksLibraries call for fix to Copyright remedies; Judge Not Satisfied With Apple eBook Settlement; AUB Libraries joins US libraries to create a digital library of over 100,000 Arabic volumes; Apple Acquires BookLamp, the “Pandora-Like” Book Recommendation Service and Data Provider; OAI-PMH Feed of SCOAP3 Repository Now Available; Edward Elgar Publishing Announces Access to Knowledge Initiative in Collaboration With EIFL; and Doctor Evidence to provide a compreh; ensive clinical evidence platform to support Elsevier Clinical Solutions’ global clinical product suite.


District Dispatch reports that “the House Judiciary Subcommittee for the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another copyright review hearing—this one on copyright remedies. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which the American Library Association (ALA) is a member, submitted comments that focused on §504(c)(2), a provision in the copyright law exempts libraries from statutory damages under certain conditions.

OCLC welcomes Bryn Mawr College and Deakin University to the OCLC Research Library Partnership! The Partner Representatives are Dr. Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries for Bryn Mawr College, and Ms. Anne Horn, University Librarian, Executive Director for Academic Support for Deakin University

Citing Reuters, GalleyCAt reports that “U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is not satisfied with the settlement that requires Apple to pay $450 million to  put an end to the eBook price fixing case… she found ‘most troubling’ a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings…”

According to AME “The American University of Beirut Libraries have joined Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content.

Along with New York University Libraries and its partners, the AUB libraries will create the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project, a major digitization project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, whose aim is to create a digital library of public-domain Arabic language content of over 100,000 volumes…”

Citing this article in  TechCrunch, InfoDOCKET reports that “Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services

BookLamp’s most well-known product was the Book Genome Project, a platform that let users find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “the SCOAP3 initiative has converted to open Access the majority of the literature in High-Energy Physics through a partnership of libraries, publishers, funding agencies and the research community in 35 countries.

About 400 new articles appear monthly on the publishers platform and on the SCOAP3 repository under a CC-BY license. PDF, PDF/A and XML formats are available on the SCOAP3 repository, together with full metadata under a CC0 waiver…”

According to Yahoo News Edward Elgar Publishing has announced “a partnership with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), a not-for-profit organisation that works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information for people in developing and transition countries.

As part of the collaboration Edward Elgar Publishing has agreed to provide institutions in 41 countries with free access to its journals and development studies ebooks via the Edward Elgar Publishing content platform…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that Thomson Innovation has been “designated the top patent research and analysis solution according to Outsell, Inc., the only research and advisory firm focused solely on media, information and technology. Outsell, Inc. rated the patent information services of five leading contenders in the space, including Thomson Reuters on a three-part scoring system.

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that  “Elsevier has announced that Elsevier Clinical Solutions’ Evidence-based Medicine Center (EBM Center) has reached an agreement with Doctor Evidence LLC (DRE) to provide the platform engine supporting the Clinical Solutions’ suite of evidence-based clinical solutions.


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