March 17, 2018

Roundup: Google Books (GBS): Authors Win Class Status Over Google Digital Books

From Professor James Grimmelmann (via The Laboratorium): Today, Judge Chin handed the Authors Guild a big procedural win. He issued an opinion that allowed the Guild to represent its members in the lawsuit, and then went on to certify a class consisting not just of the members but of all authors whose books Google scanned. […]

Reference: Book Industry Study Group Releases EPUB 3.0 Support Grid

From a BISG Announcement: To help content creators and executives make decisions in the rapidly evolving world of digital publishing — with its myriad devices and reading systems — BISG, through its Content Structure Committee has developed the EPUB 3.0 Support Grid. Recognizing the constantly shifting nature of digital publishing, the Content Structure Committee plans […]

Europe: “Horizon 2020: A €80 Billion Battlefield for Open Access”

From Science: As negotiations proceed to shape the next installment of Europe’s gargantuan research funding programs, scientists, librarians, and publishers are eagerly awaiting the answer to a critical question: How strong will the new 7-year program, called Horizon 2020, be on Open Access (OA)? [Clip] Last week, the commission’s director-general of research and innovation at […]

eBooks: 3M Cloud Library Announces New Content Partners, More than 200,000 Titles Available From 300 Publishers

From a 3M News Release (via Digital Book World): Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth at Book Expo America will learn about 3M Cloud Library’s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook system’s total list of offerings to […]

Archived Video: What Does the Georgia State Decision Mean for Libraries? An ARL Briefing with J. Band and B. Butler

From the Association of Research Libraries: In this webcast presented on May 24, 2012, Jonathan Band and Brandon Butler discuss the implications of the recent decision in the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case. See Also: New ARL Issue Brief Recaps Georgia St. University Copyright Decision, Looks at Implications (May 15, 2012)

Scientific Publishing in Europe: Presentations from PEER End of Project Conference Available

The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) end of project conference took place on Monday. Presentations and videos from the conference are now online as well as this summary news release. The PEER Project, held its final event to present its results on 29 May in Brussels. More than 100 attendees from the […]

Old Dominion University Working to Digitize Historic Local Television News Footage

From The black handwriting scrawled on the outside of the tin is visible 55 years later: “6-29-57 Children Come First.” Inside is film of an education special, aired a year before six Norfolk schools closed rather than desegregate. It’s one of nearly 2,000 reels documenting local and national history that were almost lost – […]

Just Released Report from Pew Internet: Twitter Use 2012

From the Report’s Overview: As of February 2012, some 15% of online adults use Twitter, and 8% do so on a typical day. Overall Twitter adoption remains steady, as the 15% of online adults who use Twitter is similar to the 13% of such adults who did so in May 2011. At the same time, […]

Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter

Update (June 1, 2012): Utah Librarians Fear Decision About Lesbian Mom Book Sets Bad Precedent (via SLT) From The Salt Lake Tribune: A picture book about a lesbian couple raising a child was removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County after a group of parents raised objections about the suitability of […]

NARA’s Information Security Oversight Office Releases 32nd Annual Report to the President

From the News Release: The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) today released its Report to the President for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. The Report is available online. ISOO noted several positive developments: The number of persons granted original classification authority is at its lowest recorded level, standing at 2,362. Agencies reported a 43 percent reduction […]