News & Announcements 7/9/14

by | Jul 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Open Access academic publisher PeerJ raises Series A investment from SAGE and O’Reilly; Kingston University in London goes live with Ex Libris Alma; Reed Technology and Information Services announces definitive agreement to acquire PatentCore; HathiTrust Now Holds More Than 11 Million Volumes in Repository (3.8 Million in Public Domain); COAR Responds to STM Publishing Association’s Statement on Embargo Periods; Vital Source enhances E-textbook accessibility support with new features; and A mad dash to the end (or beginning) as FCC readies for an E-rate vote.

Academic publisher SAGE and PeerJ Inc., publisher of the Open Access journal PeerJ and pre-print server PeerJ PrePrints, are pleased to announce that SAGE has led a new investment as part of a second round of funding for PeerJ. With the investment, SAGE joins follow-on investments from OATV, O’Reilly Media and Jason Hoyt co-founder of PeerJ. David McCune, non-Executive Director of SAGE will now sit on the PeerJ Board of Directors alongside Tim O’Reilly, CEO and founder of O’Reilly Media, and PeerJ’s two co-founders, CEO Jason Hoyt and Publisher Peter Binfield. With these additional investments, PeerJ still maintains its position as an independent company…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak, Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Kingston University in London has gone live with the next-generation Alma resource management service. Kingston University – the largest University in South West London – is using the Ex Libris solution to transform the management of its electronic and print resources and multi-site collections.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that, Reed Technology and Information Services Inc., a LexisNexis company, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire PatentCore, a privately held developer of the LexisNexis PatentAdvisor solution suite. The acquisition will extend the LexisNexis intellectual property (IP) offerings and give customers access to a broader range of innovative and unique IP services.

Citing the HathiTrust 2014 Mid-Year Review, InfoDOCKET notes a number of developments including:

  • HathiTrust announced the appointment of Mike Furlough as the Executive Director of HathiTrust.
  • 4 new partners joined HathiTrust in the first half of 2014:
    • Montana State University
    • Mount Holyoke College
    • University of Maine
    • University of Texas System
  •  HathiTrust partners contributed 266,990 volumes to the repository during first half of 2014. 214,251 of these are in the public domain.
  • HathiTrust surpassed 11 million volumes in the digital repository (3,848,472 in Public Domain)

InfoDOCKET also reports that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) “strongly supports the “green road” for open access by means of the immediate deposit of published articles into open access (OA) repositories, with short or no embargo periods. Repeated claims by some publishers and their representatives that immediate access to articles via OA repositories will have a negative impact on their subscriptions have not been substantiated by evidence…

According to Library Technology Guides “Vital Source Technologies, Inc.,…  showcased new features to its comprehensive accessibility support for its VitalSource Bookshelf platform at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention, July 1-6, in Orlando, FL…

District Dispatch is reporting that “ALA filed a joint letter with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). The letter supports the proposed E-rate order (which is currently behind closed doors and under close review at the Commission in preparation for a vote on Friday).




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