Following a pilot project, Springer Science+Business Media has launched its MyCopy service, which allows Canadian and U.S. academic users of Springer eBook Collections to order fixed-price paperback copies of e-books.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
All registered library patrons will be able to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use by clicking on a button on the Springer platform www.springerlink.com.
The MyCopy offer is currently valid for more than 11,000 electronic Springer books published since 2005. The new softcover format is branded as a MyCopy book with a color cover and black and white book content. MyCopy books can only be ordered by registered patrons of those academic libraries that have purchased the corresponding eBook Collection. The entire ordering and shipping process will be handled by Springer in cooperation with a print-on-demand (POD) provider. All books will be sold at the same price, US$ 24.95. This price includes shipping and handling within the USA and Canada.
In "Publisher 'Threat' to Open Access," Zoë Corbyn of Times Higher Education reports that in the UK:
Elsevier is thought to be mooting a new idea that could undermine universities' own open-access repositories. It would see Elsevier take over the job of archiving papers and making them available more widely as PDF files. . . .
Shira Tabachnikoff, director of corporate communications at Elsevier, confirmed that preliminary discussions had taken place with some institutions but would not go into detail on their nature.
Google Book Search Settlement: Interview with Michael Healy, Expected Executive Director of the Book Rights RegistryPosted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on June 22nd, 2009
The Copyright Clearance Center has released an interview with Michael Healy, expected Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry (digital audio of the interview is also available). The Book Rights Registry will be established as part of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement.
Here's an excerpt:
And let’s be clear, what we’ll be building here is a remarkable and unique resource, the like of which has not been seen in the industry before, which is a very comprehensive data set, which links publications back to works around which those publications are clustered. And then, you’ll have those works and publications linked for the very first time to comprehensive metadata records about rights holders, who owns what. Then, layer on top of that again, the opportunity that the settlement gives authors and publishers to express what Google and others do with these digitized books, the display rights, the pricing, etc. Then, you have a very complex mix of data sets, which need to interoperate successfully for the Registry to succeed. And I think that highlights an important point of this settlement, which we may come on and talk about later when we discuss the benefits, but it is important to emphasize that the Registry will be a vehicle through which—and the settlement document underpins this—the Registry will be a vehicle through which rights holders can exercise control on the use made by Google and others of these digitized works.
Professor Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Lige, and Dr. Alma Swan of Key Perspectives have launched Enabling Open Scholarship.
Here's an excerpt from the 6/11/09 American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum announcement:
Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is a membership organisation for universities and research institutions. The organisation is a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.
Anyone who is interested in enrolling their institution as a member, or in attending an EOS meeting or briefing session, is invited to email the convenor of the group, Dr Alma Swan . . .
Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 are now available.
Here's those by Texas Digital Library staff:
Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf of the Harvard Business School have released "File-Sharing and Copyright" as a working paper.
Here's an excerpt:
As our survey indicates, the empirical evidence on sales displacement is mixed. While some studies find evidence of a substitution effect, other findings, in particular the papers using actual file-sharing data, suggest that piracy and music sales are largely unrelated. In contrast, there is clear evidence that income from complements has risen in recent years. For example, concert sales have increased more than music sales have fallen. Similarly, a fraction of consumer electronics purchases and internet-related expenditures are due to file sharing. Unfortunately, we know little about the distribution of these impacts. How markets for complimentary goods have responded to file sharing remains an area of inquiry that is largely unexplored in academic research.
The Alfred C. O’Connell Library at Genesee Community College is recruiting a Systems & Electronic Services Librarian.
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
Manages, configures and maintains the library's electronic resources, on and off campus, including electronic databases, internet resources, the library web site, remote patron authentication software and system (proxy), Open URL link resolving software, and other applications.
Develops, implements, enhances and assesses integrated library system and web OPAC, including upgrades and updates, in collaboration with the LMS Administrator. . . .
Responsible for technical support of library electronic equipment: PC workstations, printers, scanners, fax machines, electronic classroom management system equipment, etc. Troubleshoots and performs maintenance as necessary.
Anders Wandahl has self-archived "Not Served on a Silver Platter! Access to Online Mathematics Information in Africa" in arXiv.org.
Here's an excerpt:
The "truly free" resources listed in the table [e.g., open access journals] above are free to anyone and anywhere. Resources provided by other programmes and initiatives, which are described below [e.g., HINARI], are also free to end-users in all or most African countries. However, there is an importance difference between these two groups of resources. The second group requires some sort of authentication before the user is allowed access. . . .
In order for the IP number control system to work smoothly, the public IP number(s) should be fairly stable. In Africa, this is not always the case, since a change of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) also usually means a change of the IP number. African institutions sometimes see an advantage in negotiating terms and prices with a new Internet Service Provider now and then, in order to find a more favorable deal, but this means that the new IP numbers must be supplied to all journals and publishers before access is reestablished.
To complicate this picture a little further, there is a distinction between static and dynamic IP numbers. In general, there is a world-wide shortage of IP numbers. In order to cope with this situation, the numbers are sometimes assigned to universities and institutions in a dynamic as opposed to static way. A dynamically assigned IP number may change any time (even though they usually are pretty stable over time). A static number is assigned once and is not supposed to change as long as you have a running contract with an Internet Service Provider, which makes them better for authentication purposes. The flip-side of the coin is that static numbers are more expensive.
The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Library Applications Developer (Web Programmer).
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
Responsibilities include providing general development and support for applications run by the Digital Technology & Interface Services department, such as content management systems (Drupal, etc), authentication, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, and library-specific applications such as DSpace and discovery tools. The Web Programmer will support back-end operations and enterprise integration, develop web interfaces for information discovery, customize and integrate commercial and open-source applications, and provide original programming. Knowledge/skills/abilities include: thorough knowledge of and experience with web technologies (HTML, the HTML DOM, CSS, XML, XSLT, RSS and AJAX); experience working collaboratively in a team environment; experience building an application which programmatically interacts with a database; and good oral/written communication skills.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement listing new features:
- Complete CAPTCHA support in OCS 2.x
- Review forms ported from OJS
- Add a la carte items to registration
- Merge users at site level
Presentations (PDF, MP4, and WMV formats) from the 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting are now available.
Here's a brief selection of PDF files: