December 19, 2014

Two Initiatives Announced to Make Articles on Nature.com More Widely Available to Read, Share

From Nature Publishing Group: Subscribers to 49 journals on nature.com can now legitimately and conveniently share the full-text of articles of interest with colleagues who do not have a subscription via a shareable web link on nature.com. In addition, Macmillan Science and Education will take a lead on opening up public engagement with scientific knowledge to society at […]

President Signs New Law Modernizing Definition ​of Federal Records To Include Electronic Records

From the National Archives and Records Administration: On November 26th, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014.  ​This​ new law modernizes records management by focusing more directly on electronic records, and complements efforts by the National Archives and the Office of Management and Budget to implement […]

Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published

Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: “Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK” From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by […]

Open Access: Gates Foundation Funded Research Will Require Immediate Free Access to Journal Articles and Underlying Data

From Science Insider: Breaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long […]

Simon & Schuster Drops “Buy it Now” Link Requirement on Ebook Borrow and Hold Pages

UPDATE We’ve added comments from Simon & Schuster and the American Library Association since we first posted this item. In June whenSimon & Schuster announced that their complete frontlist and backlist titles would be available to libraries for lending we also learned that S&S was requiring that titles acquired for library lending also include a link […]

NY Times: FCC Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

UPDATE 4 New: Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan To Reboot The E-Rate Program To Meet The Needs Of 21st Century Digital Learning (5 page, PDF; via FCC.gov) UPDATE 3 ISTE Applauds FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Proposal UPDATE 2 Statement From FCC on Proposed Reboot Plan UPDATE ALA President Comments on the News From The NY […]

President Obama Urges FCC to Implement Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

UPDATE: Along with the statement we’re also rounding up reaction to President Obama’s comments from a number of groups. You’ll find it below the embedded video. From a White House Blog Post: President Obama today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that […]

Scribd Ups the Subscription Service Ante With the Addition of 30,000 Audiobooks

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We have written a lot about not only the development of “all you can read” ebook services like Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, etc/ for the past couple of years but also the possible impact over the long term that these and likely other services will have on public libraries. Today’s News From Scribd: “All You […]

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

UPDATE November 1, 2014: Swets Will Provide Information About Your Subscriptions The info that Swets will provide to customers is found in this nine page document that was posted last Friday. We’ve also embedded a copy at the very bottom of this post. The doc also contains information about how to request the information. ALL […]

Public Library News Roundup (15 Stories from the U.S. and Canada)

California Sonoma County Library patrons, advocates pinning hopes on Measure M (via The Press Democrat) Delaware Delaware Libraries Debut Inspiration Space (Via NewsWorks) Indiana Indianapolis: Library plans $59M in new branches, upgrades (via Indianapolis Business Journal) Louisiana Library Board will seek approval to purchase building for outreach center (via The Advocate) Maryland Annapolis library to […]