Today’s menu: a House vote to cut Census Bureau American Community Survey; Douglas County Libraries buys ebooks direct; a Pew study of smartphone use; the first Credo Reference Digital Award winner; ABC-CLIO wins SIIA CODiE award; and rising profits at Bertelsmann.
The Huffington Post reports that “the House voted Wednesday to eliminate the detailed surveys of America that have been conducted by the Census Bureau since the nation’s earliest days… The survey is not part of the constitutionally mandated population count, but some version of it has been done by law as part of the decennial survey since the time of Thomas Jefferson to assess the needs of the nation. It’s generally considered a vital tool for business…”
Douglas County Libraries, in Colorado, is trying something new: buying eBooks directly from publishers and hosting them on its own platform. That platform is based on the purchase of content at discount; owning—not leasing—a copy of the file; the application of industry-standard DRM on the library’s files; multiple purchases based on demand; and a “click to buy” feature. Its new DCL Digital Branch is one outcome of this strategy. As of this writing, more than 800 publishers have signed up, and their works are seamlessly integrated into and delivered from the library catalog, rather than from third-party sites…”
An article in MediaPost News reports on a recent Pew study finding the spread of smartphones and mobile Web access has made it more common than ever for people to get information quickly or make plans while on the go. A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds nearly two-thirds (62%) of U.S. adults, and 86% of smartphone owners, are turning to their devices for “just-in-time” help…” The article continues by discussing the type activities people are pursuing on their phones as well as gives demographic breakdowns as to who is doing what.
Credo Reference has announced “that the [email protected] team from the University of Leeds are the winners of the first Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy for their project “[email protected] lecturer pages” (http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-lecturers). The award was presented in April at the 2012 LILAC Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The [email protected] team is a diverse group made up of a mix of learning technologists, skills advisors, math tutors, administrative staff and librarians. The overarching goal of the Lecturer Pages is to help faculty and librarians embed information literacy and broader academic skills development into the curriculum. They offer a bank of ready-made workshops and activities for face-to-face instruction in addition to online learning modules that are all customisable and freely available under the creative commons licence…”
ABC-CLIO’s online database, World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy has won an SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Reference Solution. “The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced ABC-CLIO’s win at the Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, Calif.” A SIIA CODiE Award winners are “first reviewed by a field of software industry executives, whose evaluations determined 119 finalists. SIIA members then reviewed these finalists and voted to select 28 CODiE Awards Winners…”
Book Business picked up this item from the Bookseller website reporting that “Random House parent company Bertelsmann has reported an increase in revenues in its first quarter results, as well as an increase of group profit of more than €50m (£40.2m). Group profit was up to €147m from €94m in the first three months of 2012, with operating earnings before interest and tax [EBIT] rising to €280m from €248m. Meanwhile, consolidated revenues were up to €3.64bn from €3.46bn for the same period in 2011. Return on sales was reported as 7.7%, up from 7.2%.