February 22, 2018

MIT Press Says AAPs Research Works Act News Release Does Not Reflect Its Position, Mission

Last week we pointed out that some members of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) might have issues/concerns with the Research Works Act (RWA) legislation. We asked if these organizations would leave the AAP or speak out against it. Today, Richard Poynder’s blog post, “MIT Press distances itself from Research Works Act” includes the following […]

Amazon Publishing Taps Famous Librarian To Curate Its New Series by Laura Hazard Owen

From a mocoNews Post by Laura Hazard Owen: Amazon Publishing is launching a new series, “Book Lust Rediscoveries,” curated by librarian and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl. Pearl will select a handful of out-of-print books each year to be republished by Amazon in print and digital formats. Each book in the  will include an introduction by […]

Copyright Clearance Center Acquires Pubget

From a CCC News Release: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC)  has acquired MA-based Pubget, a solutions provider focused on expediting the acquisition and analysis of content. Pubget offers search, retrieval and browse capabilities for content. Its solutions make research more efficient by simplifying the process of finding, managing and analyzing information. Pubget has served more […]

OCLC Working with SkillSoft to Add Records for Books24x7 Digital Book Catalog to WorldCat

via OCLC: OCLC is working with SkillSoft to add records for the Books24x7 digital book catalog to WorldCat. SkillSoft’s growing selection of over 30,000 titles in a variety of subject areas will be represented in WorldCat with a link to the Books24x7 platform. In addition, OCLC is loading the Books24x7 collection information into the WorldCat […]

Bloomberg's Princeton Office is Going Solar

From the Bloomberg Blog: …we are close to completing installation of a 1.8 megawatt solar power system that is expected to generate the equivalent of over 50% of the Skillman office’s electricity. The Bloomberg facilities and sustainability teams have been working with SunPower Corp. and Integrys Energy Services to install this eight-acre, ground-mounted solar tracking […]

New Research Paper: The Economics of Personal Information Online

via arXiv. Title “Your browsing behavior for a Big Mac: Economics of Personal Information Online” (11 pages; PDF) Authors Juan Pablo Carrascal, UPF and Telefonica Research Christopher Riederer, Columbia University Vijay Erramilli, Telefonica Research Mauro Cherubini, Telefonica Research Rodrigo de Oliveira, Telefonica Research Abstract “Most online services (Google, Facebook etc.) operate by providing a service […]

Russia: National Electronic Information Consortium Now Providing National Access to "Science Classic" Digital Archive

From the AAAS: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces that the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has selected Science Classic, the digital archives of Science (1880–1996), as the first acquisition in a major project to provide national access to scientific archives. Russian students, scientists, and professors can now access 116 […]

Cataloging: SkyRiver and Donohue Group Announce Partnership

From a News Release: The Donohue Group Incorporated (DGI) and SkyRiver announce a collaboration whereby DGI will contribute full and in-process MARC records to the SkyRiver database. DGI’s clients include several publishers of nonprint and electronic content such as Playaway, Recorded Books, and AudioGo. These publishers have negotiated with SkyRiver to permit DGI to contribute […]

New Issue Alert: Information Standards Quarterly (Fall 2011)

Information Standards Quarterly (Vol. 23, No. 4; Fall 2011;) The theme of this issue: Standards Implementation Benefits Via NISO: In the issue’s main feature article, Mary Jackson (Auto-Graphics, Inc.) quantifies the productivity benefits of implementing the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) standard and illustrates the savings with case studies and before and after workflow comparisons. […]

US Senators Call For FTC Investigation Into Google’s Search Results

From an Article by Matt McGee on Search Engine Land: US Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google unfairly favors its own properties in search results. Kohl and Lee are both members of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee — that’s where Google’s Eric Schmidt testified in-person back […]