Authors lose class status in Google digital books case; The merger has been finalized – Random Penguin Solutions is born; Chicago Public Library receives $1 million from Gates Foundation;DataMarket and ProQuest announce major new global data portal; Ingram grows colour POD options for publishers; Brill acquires the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art; ‘Watered Down’ MOOC bill becomes law in Florida; EBSCO and Innovative Interfaces expanded strategic partnership; and IMLS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to partner with libraries.
According to Reuters, “Google Inc notched a legal victory in its bid to create the world’s largest digital books library, winning the reversal of a court order that had allowed authors challenging the project to sue as a group.
A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Circuit Judge Denny Chin prematurely certified a class of authors without first deciding if the “fair use” defense under U.S. copyright law allowed Google to display snippets of books…”
Digital Reader reports that “Bertelsmann and Pearson have officially announced today that they have completed all the steps required to merge 2 of the world’s largest publishing conglomerates…
Random Penguin Solutions will be jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, with the latter controlling 53% of the new company. Random House CEO Markus Dohle will serve as CEO of Random Penguin Solutions and John Makinson, who has headed Penguin since 2002, is the new company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors…”
InfoDOCKET reports that “Mayor Emanuel has announced a $1 million grant from the Gates Foundation which is designed to help move the Chicago Public Library into the future with more technology… The money will fund an innovative program in which the library system will partner with libraries in Denmark, to experiment with technologies like 3-D software and 3-D printing.
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“DataMarket and ProQuest today announced the creation of ProQuest International DataSets, to be marketed by ProQuest to its thousands of college, university and library partners worldwide. It will be launched this fall and will be one of the largest collections of economic, demographic and social data in the world, accessible to millions of faculty, staff and students…”
“Ingram Content Group Inc. … announced it has expanded its colour inkjet book manufacturing capabilities to its United Kingdom facility, allowing for a greater range of colour books to be printed and distributed quickly and cost-effectively… worldwide.
Brill announces that “in a deal with WBooks (Zwolle, NL) and the renowned Foundation for Dutch Art Historical Publications, Brill … acquires the prestigious annual Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art and the accompanying book series Studies in Netherlandish Art and Cultural History.
Founded in 1947, the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art (NKJ) is a peer-reviewed annual with a global reputation for publishing outstanding articles that reflect the variety and diversity of approaches to the study of Netherlandish art and culture…”
According to Inside Higher ED “Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law last week to encourage the state’s K-12 and higher education systems to use massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
The law has narrower scope than early versions of the bill but its critics remain deeply concerned. An earlier proposal could have allowed anyone to create and seek “Florida-accredited” status for courses that Florida’s public colleges and universities would have to granted credit for…”
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (Innovative) have expanded their strategic partnership designed to improve access to library resources. The expanded partnership will incorporate catalog functionality within the EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) experience including real-time circulation status checking, enabling end users to place holds via EDS, providing libraries with single sign-on authentication and displaying patron account status within EDS…”
During the annual meeting of the American Library Association, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), together with representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), met with library representatives on Sunday, June 30… IMLS and CMS will work cooperatively to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with information resources and community partners who are trained enrollment assistors. IMLS has also awarded $286,104 to OCLC to support the effort through its flagship public library program WebJunction.org…”