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by | Jan 26, 2015 | 0 comments

news2Amazon Launches Kindle Textbook Creator; Nature Publishing Group moves to CC BY 4.0 for OA journals; IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics; OCLC Research launches Terms of Use and Reuse for Finding Aid Metadata project; Scholars Portal From Ontario Council of University Libraries Now Locally Hosting 40 Million Articles;  Project MUSE Signs Agreement With Portico to Preserve Entire Collection of E-Journals; Emerald Group Publishing and The Charlesworth Group in exclusive referral deal; Innovative and EBSCO extend strategic partnership; University of California Press announces two new OA programs for journal and monograph publishing

Yahoo Finance reports that “Amazon… announced KDP EDU, a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) designed to help educators and authors easily prepare, publish, and promote eTextbooks and other educational content for students to access on a broad range of devices, including Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Mac, and PC. Educators and authors can use the public beta of Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator tool to easily turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books…”

Research Information reports that “all 18 open access journals owned by Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and two society titles published by NPG, will use the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 as default from today. All future open access journals will also use CC BY 4.0 as default.

Carrie Calder, director of strategy for open research at Nature Publishing Group/Palgrave Macmillan, said: ‘We’re committed to driving forward open access, and the CC BY license is widely considered to be the gold standard as it allows maximum reuse and discovery…”

According to InfoDOCKET  “IMLS released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012 an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Ninety-seven percent of public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia contribute data for the survey, which is now in its 26th year. The survey report provides analysis of 13 key indicators of library investments and library use, and profiles for each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

OCLC Research is facilitating a focused discussion about metadata in finding aids within a scoped effort to produce guidelines for terms of use and reuse of finding aid metadata. We have convened a working group whose members are in contact with archival authorities and associations internationally, such as the Society of American Archivists and the International Council of Archives.

The goal of this project is to promote a culture of sharing finding aid metadata that enables aggregators, consortia and others to more easily use and reuse metadata in finding aids.

InfoDOCKET also notes that  Ontario Council of University Libraries’ Scholars Portal has reached a milestone and now “contains 40,025,215 articles from over 16,432 full text journals locally hosted by OCUL technology located in the Roberts Library at the University of Toronto. The database is available to students and faculty at Ontario’s 21 universities.

Scholars Portal has been a certified Trusted Digital Repository 2013…”

And finally, InfoDOCKET reports that “Project MUSE has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve its complete collection of scholarly electronic journals, which contains titles from more than 120 not-for-profit scholarly publishers worldwide.

Project MUSE and Portico began their partnership in 2012 with the preservation of e-books from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) collection…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak the “Emerald Group Publishing has selected The Charlesworth Group to assist its non-native English speaking authors by providing a referral link to The Charlesworth Group’s Author Services website across its publications. The Charlesworth Group’s referral agreements offer publishers dedicated language services, assisting publishing clients to grow and be able to accept more submissions from international authors…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that Innovative and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have extended their strategic partnership to incorporate all platforms in the expanded Innovative product portfolio, including Polaris ILS, Vital, and Virtua. The partnership activities between the two companies for Innovative’s Sierra Services Platform and Encore Duet will continue…

And lastly, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “the University of California Press recently announced Collabra and Luminos, two new open access programs for journal and monograph publishing. Aligned with UC Press’s mission to build reach and impact for transformative scholarship, the programs expand publishing options for scholarly authors and researchers, make it easier for readers to find and use content, and share the monetary value generated from publishing across the academic community…”





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