Ingram Digital announced that it’s partnered with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (and you’ve got to be learned and/or professional to be able to remember that) to create ebooks of the titles of ALPSP’s 260 member publishers. According to the press release quoted at LJ’s InfoTech:
The company said ALPSP members are invited “to contribute titles to an ALPSP-branded range of subject-based eBook collections which will be offered to libraries and other institutions” through its MyiLibrary content distribution partners including Swets. ALPSP members have access to all of Ingram Digital’s digital content solutions, like CoreSource for digital asset management, and member publishers can use Lightning Source Inc. to produce print-on-demand titles as well as enable digital content distribution to all markets and channels.
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The General Accountability Office has announced that it will stop printing most of its (billions of) reports, issuing them electronically instead. (The Office of Management and Budget announced last week that it would stop printing copies of the federal budget.) However, notes the Federal Times, if Capitol Hill still requires printed reports, the GAO will do custom print jobs.
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NISO released the news the other day that its RFID Working Group has finalized best practices for using RFID in libraries. Serving in the group are Brian Green of EDItEUR (and the International ISBN Agency), and Jim Lichtenberg, who runs the New Technologies committee for BISG. According to the press release:
The NISO recommendations for best practices aim to promote procedures that do the following:
- Allow an RFID tag to be installed at the earliest point and used throughout the lifecycle of the book, from publisher/printer to distributor, jobber, library (shelving, circulating, sorting, reshelving, inventory, and theft deterrence), and interlibrary loan, and continuing on to secondary markets such as secondhand books, returned books, and discarded/recycled books.
- Allow for true interoperability among libraries, where a tag in one library can be used seamlessly by another, even if the libraries have different suppliers for tags, hardware, and software.
- Protect the personal privacy of individuals while supporting the functions that allow users to reap the benefits of this technology.
- Permit the extension of these standards and procedures for global interoperability.
- Remain relevant and functional with evolving technologies.
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David Cully, formerly of B&N, has gone over to Baker & Taylor as…well, his title’s far too long so you can go to the press release here. According to this,
Cully’s primary responsibilities include managing all merchandising and purchasing functions, managing BTMS, and managing Baker & Taylor’s new Specialty Markets Group.
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Credo Reference announced that it has added the Wisconsin Library Services to its roster of clients. WiLS consists of over 500 libraries throughout the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, CEO John Dove emailed me that they’ve also added Brooklyn Public Library to their client list – so you can log onto the library’s website and use Credo’s service with your library card.
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Pajamas Media has a great piece by Richard Fernandez, their Sydney editor, on the unindexed web, particularly as it has to do with libraries:
Books are great, but digital storage is the wave of the future. Yet we cannot see the wave in its entirety. We don’t know where most of that avalanche of knolwedge is and how to easily find it. Most information on the Web is locked up in databases and cannot be “spidered,” a term used to describe the software indexing of Internet material. For example, web pages generated from databases only “exist” when a query is run, like online telephone directories which do not have a separate page for every person in the directory and only create a page in response to a request. Database generated pages have a transient existence and cannot easily be indexed. Password protected websites like locked apartments or private telephone numbers defy our attempts to see within them. Much information lives on the Deep Web. It is there but we cannot see it without taking special steps.
The immense size of the unindexed Internet has motivated consultants
and online resources
to offer help at finding information in the Deep Web the way traditional librarians guided scholars through the stacks in days gone by.
Something librarians have been saying for years. Perhaps THEY are the ideal consultants.
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Cindy Cunningham, formerly of Amazon.com and Corbis, has joined OCLC. She’ll be managing new partnerships from her office in Seattle, as well as expanding WorldCat’s coverage. Hooray!
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BISG has posted the presentations of its annual meeting online. Some very cool observations were made by Michael Holdsworth, formerly of Cambridge Univ. Press and now an independent consultant, Richard Stark of B&N, and Ian Singer of Bowker. Topics covered were identifying digital material (ISBNs? DOIs? ISTCs?), the new data certification program, and GDSN.
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- A dialogue on digital publishing and libraries, including reps from Microsoft, Google, and UCal.
- iPods don’t work for blind people because you have to navigate them to find what you need to listen to. Fred’s Head Companion details improvements and accessories to the iPod, so the unsighted can listen to audiobooks with ease.
- Marc Kramer, a business writer for The Street, lists four ways you can get your book published.
- Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are using CATCHPAS (those bits of nonsense text you type when you validate that you’re not a bot, on Craigslist and Blogger) to digitize books.
Silicon Alley Insider offers perspective on why ebooks continue to fail. It may have something to do with prices.
MyiLibrary continues to collect publishers like Grandma collects Hummel figurines.
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