January 31, 2015

Nature Magazine Publisher (Macmillan Science And Education) and Springer Science Announce Intention to Merge to Merger

UPDATE Noon January 15, 2015 We asked Springer about specific plans to merge journal packages and other products. Here’s what they had to say. From a Springer Spokesperson: Today’s announcement was simply that: an announcement that we intend to merge. However, we will have to wait for several months before various competition authorities give us […]

Yale University Library Receives $3 Million Grant For Digital Humanities Lab, STEAM Education Initiative to Launch

From the Yale Daily News: Yale University Library has received a $3 million award from the Goizueta Foundation to launch a Digital Humanities Laboratory in Sterling Memorial Library. The award, which the Library received in late November and announced mid-December, will fund the lab’s facilities and new equipment, such as a small lab of computers, […]

Wichita City Council Votes to Move Ahead With Plans to Build New $30 Million Central Library

Note: For background on the following story see this infoDOCKET post from last week. From The Wichita Eagle: The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of the design phase and a funding agreement [for a new central library] with the library foundation. The $1.13 million design by GLMV Architecture could be finished by […]

Print Collections: OCLC Acquires Sustainable Collection Services

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“Data-Driven Deselection” –SCS Slogan From OCLC: OCLC has acquired Sustainable Collection Services (SCS). SCS is the leader in analyzing print collection data to help libraries manage and share their materials. SCS services leverage WorldCat data and analytics to show individual libraries and library consortia which titles should be kept locally, which can be discarded, and […]

West Virginia University Receives $1 Million Grant From Mellon Foundation to Develop Scholarly Publishing Platform

From West Virginia University: West Virginia University has been awarded $1 million from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program to develop a new academic publishing platform for mixed-media and print-based scholarship materials. Cheryl Ball, an associate professor in the Department of English within Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is the […]

Parties Agree to Dispose of Remaining Issues in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Lawsuit

Ed. Note: A big thank you to Dave Hansen (UNC Reference Librarian and  Digital Library Fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law) for alerting us to the AGvHT development, sharing the primary document, and for also writing the news brief that’s posted below. Thanks Dave!!! Guest […]

OPAC/ILS: SirsiDynix Acquired by NYC Investment Firm

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From Today’s Announcement (Blog Post): SirsiDynix has announced that it has been acquired by ICV (Inner City Ventures) Partners, am investment firm based in New York that specializes in the growth of small-to-midsize, industry-leading companies. This is exciting news for us as ICV completely supports our mission of creating the Best Library User Experience for […]

ALA, AAUP, and Other Organization Release Statements on Paris “Charlie Hebdo” Attack

UPDATE Jan. 12, 2015 Since we posted the full text of the International Publishers Association statement (below) about Wednesday’s attack in Paris we’ve  compiled statements from other organizations. We’ve just added a statement from ALA to our roundup. It’s linked below and we’ve also included the full text further down the page. Statements on the […]

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Releases New Strategic Plan

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Quick Comment From infoDOCKET Editor, Gary Price: I am very happy to read (page 19. of the plan) that marketing and promotion to expand awareness and use of the DPLA is listed as a “top priority”. While some people in the library community are aware of DPLA others are not. Of course it’s one thing […]

Appellate Court Rejects Petition For Rehearing in Publishers vs. Georgia State University Fair Use Case

Duke University’s Kevin Smith, one of the “go to” people for analysis and comment on scholarly communication/copyright issues, has posted an analysis of last Friday’s (January 2, 2014) rejection by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals of a petition filed by the publishers to rehear the case en banc. Smith writes: The publishers were very […]