News & Announcements 11/11/14

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breaking newsUniversity Press Week 2014 Celebrates Collaborative Work of Scholarly Presses; Issue Brief on GSU E-Reserves Case Now Online; ARL and ALA Urge FCC to Deny Waiver of E-Reader Accessibility Requirement; State Library launches Reading Arizona; CABI upgrades to COUNTER4 for product usage statistics; Springer and the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities collaborate to publish new book series; Health Affairs integrate Altmetric data to help drive future strategy; UNESCO partners with Nature Education and Roche; Big Numbers: Google Challenges Wolfram to Open Up Math; Snowden’s Leaks and the Documents that Tell the History of Electronic Surveillance Now Accessible Online for Researchers; and Penguin Random and National Book Foundation Launch National Readathon.

“The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is celebrating the third annual University Press Week on Sunday, November 9–Saturday, November 15, 2014. The focus this year is on the vital collaborative projects spearheaded by university and academic presses with research libraries, scholars, and other universities around the world…”

“ARL has released an issue brief about the recent US Court of Appeals decision in the Georgia State University (GSU) case concerning the use of excerpts of academic books for electronic course reserves. The issue brief—“Fair Use Decision Making Post–Georgia State” (PDF)—summarizes the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion and what the decision means for e-reserves…”

“On October 27 and November 5, 2014, ARL along with the American Library Association (ALA) filed a letter and comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing the request by the Coalition of E-Book Manufacturers to waive compliance with disability law in manufacturing e-readers such as the Kindle. The law requires that equipment used for advanced communication services (ACS) be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities…”

“Arizonans now have easy access to more than 500 books about their state, thanks to a new ebook platform hosted by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. Titles range from historical fiction to academic biographies, haunted tour guides to thrilling mysteries.

The State Library formally launches Reading Arizona, (, the statewide ebook platform, at the Arizona Library Association conference, Nov. 13-14…”

According to their press release “CABI is delighted to announce it has upgraded to COUNTER version 4 (COUNTER4) for its product usage statistics. Reports are now available for CABI products hosted on CAB Direct and the CABI platform.

By moving to the latest version of COUNTER usage statistics, CABI remains COUNTER compliant, and can offer significant improvements to usage reports across its products…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that STM publisher Springer and the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities (HKAH) will collaborate to publish a new book series called The Humanities in Asia. The agreement was signed on November 10, 2014, at a ceremony at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.The series The Humanities in Asia will publish original monographs and edited volumes in the humanities on issues specific to Asia, as well as general issues in the humanities within the context of Asia…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “healthcare journal publisher Health Affairs and Altmetric LLP have announced the integration of Altmetric badges into the Health Affairs journal, hosted on the HighWire platform. This integration will allow authors and readers of the content to instantly see what people are saying about the published articles in public policy documents, mainstream news and social media, and post-publication peer-review forums…”

And lastly, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “UNESCO has launched the UNESCO World Library of Science (WLoS), a newly created, free online science education resource for a global community of users. Developed through the joint efforts of UNESCO, Nature Education and Roche, the WLoS was created to give students around the world, especially those in disadvantaged regions, access to the latest science information…”

Information Today reports that  “Sage, the free and open source analog to Wolfram Research’s Mathematica, is now SageMathCloud. Thanks to collaboration with Google’s cloud services, Sage is now in a position to draw more mathematicians to its community…”

According to this press release the National Security Archive and ProQuest have teamed up “to digitize sources that reveal policy and actions surrounding privacy, security and spying in modern America..Digital National Security Archive’s Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency: From Shamrock to Snowden brings together the world’s most comprehensive, publicly available collection of materials on the subject. Each piece has been carefully gathered and selected by the staff of the National Security Archive (the Archive) – an award-winning nonprofit research institute, library and publisher of declassified documentation based at The George Washington University…”

Publishers Lunch reports that “January 24, 2015 has been proclaimed National Readathon Day, a “marathon reading” session across the country to raise money in order to help fund the National Book Foundations efforts to promote literacy and reading. The “quixotic new event” was created by Penguin Random House, which brought to the idea to the NBF this summer, the Washington Post reports…”


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