ATG News & Announcement 3/5/16

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coffee and computer file0001711682994OpenStax, NACSCORP to offer low-cost textbook customization;   *Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free;   *Verizon Releases 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report;   *Verizon Releases 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report;   *U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases 2015 Data Mining Report to Congress;   *ALA seeks candidates for 2016 Google policy summer fellowship;   *Google patents two new types of ebooks;   *ALA-Backed Bill To Make CRS Reports Publicly Available Introduced;   *CRIS / IR Survey Report available;   and *College & Research Libraries – March 2016 available; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.   

According to this post in infoDOCKET’s News Roundup  “University and college instructors will soon have the option to create a customized, open educational resources (OER) textbook and offer low-cost printed copies of the book to their students through their campus bookstore, thanks to a new partnership between Rice University-based publisher OpenStax and wholesale textbook distributor NACSCORP, a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores.

The DBW website reports that “the Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which allows academic authors to publish on an open access digital platform. Production costs will be taken care of by supporting academic institutions, and readers will access content for free…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report was released this week by Verizon. Loads of data available in the main report as well as “scenarios”, summaries, etc…”

Also according to infoDOCKET the 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Mining Report is now available

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) began its participation in this program at the program’s founding in 2008.

For the summer of 2016, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow…”

According to TeleReadGoogle has received two new U.S. patents for ebook designs that actually put the “e” in a different place. Both involve digital media interacting with actual physical books. One, for a “storytelling device,” describes a unit with “electronic output components, such as light sources, speakers, a video projector, or a display,” linked to an interactive book and designed to “provide story enhancement effects that are correlated to the interactive book.” The other, for a “media enhanced pop-up book,” outlines a mobile device-linked solution including “a pop-up system configured to cause the pop-up pages to pop-up in front of a display of a computing device as the physical pages are turned.

District Dispatch reports that “after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing crsthe public virtually the same free access to these high-quality reports on an enormous range of subjects that Members of ­Congress and their staffs have enjoyed for decades…”

Clifford Lynch at CNI notes that “a report has recently been issued on the results of a survey by the European University Information Systems Organization and euroCRIS on information systems (particularly Current Research Information Systems, or CRISs, and Institutional Repositories) supporting research.”

The March 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. The March issue features a selection of seven action research studies by teams who participated in the ACRL Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) program. More details on the special issue are available on the ACRL website.  (C&RL News – March 2016 is also  freely available online.)


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