December 16, 2017

Germany: Springer Nature Acquires the J.B. Metzler Publishing House

From Today’s Announcement: Springer Nature and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group have agreed that, effective immediately, the Stuttgart-based publishing house J.B. Metzler will become part of Springer Nature. The acquisition follows the recent combination of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education (owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media, to form the new […]

Nebraska: Laura Marlane Offered Executive Director Position at Omaha Public Library

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From the Omaha World-Herald: The Omaha Library Board chose Laura Marlane, executive director of the Providence Community Library in Rhode Island, as the Omaha system’s new director. The board voted unanimously Thursday to offer Marlane the job. Board President Mike Meyer will negotiate with Marlane on job terms. [Club] Marlane previously told The World-Herald that […]

Elsevier’s Scopus Introduces New Article Metrics Module

From the Scopus Blog: The Scopus Article Metrics module was designed in accordance with 12 principles for the responsible use of metrics and includes new metrics based on four alternative metrics categories endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project: Scholarly Activity — Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike Social Activity […]

New Report, Statistics, Dataset: U.S. Election Assistance Commission Releases Comprehensive Data on Voting in the United States

From a Summary: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released the results of its 2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). The report represents the most comprehensive set of data regarding election administration across the United States. For the first time, EAC is presenting the information in one all-inclusive report that includes data on […]

News Roundup

1. Brill Launches Major New Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online 2. Final Program Announced For Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference (DC-2015) in São Paulo, Brazil 3. Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages (via TechCrunch) 4. Wiley Partnership With figshare Enables Data Sharing 5. Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds […]

Special Collections: Pitt Library Songbook Key to Lawsuit Over ‘Happy Birthday’ Rights

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Happy Birthday to You,” one of the most recognized songs in the world, has long been a cash cow for a company that charges for use of the 1893 ditty. A songbook found by Pitt librarians is likely to end the dispute over whether it should be copyright protected, lawyers say. […]

Educational Publishing: Getting Started With EDUPUB, a New Guide From the BISG

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Two items in the post below! UPDATE July 31 EDUPUB Draft Profile Available for Public Review (via IDPF) [EDUPUB is a] semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review. The call for review also includes specifications for: Open Annotations in EPUB 1.0 EPUB […]

New York City Dept. of Education Partnering with Amazon.com to Create E-Book Storefront

From Capital New York: The Department of Education is about to approve [official vote will take place in about a month] a $30 million contract with Amazon to create an e-book marketplace for New York City’s 1,800 public schools. The Amazon deal will be one of the D.O.E.’s most expensive contracts and one of the […]

NARA Publishes Guidance on Managing Electronic Messages (Text, Chat, Voice Messaging, etc.)

From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): This Bulletin applies to text messaging, chat/instant messaging, messaging functionality in social media tools or apps, voice messaging, and similar forms of electronic messaging systems. The Bulletin addresses the new definition for electronic messages and other issues covered in the recent amendments to the Federal Records Act. […]

Opera Software’s “State of Mobile Web” Report Says the Philippines is the World’s “Most Social” Nation

From the Opera Software Blog: The Philippines used to be known as the text-messaging capital of the world. Now, with easier internet access and higher smartphone adoption, our findings indicate that the country has transformed into the most social nation. According to our latest the State of the Mobile Web report, mobile internet users in […]