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eBook Use in Libraries, Survey and Summit

Speaking of ebooks, do you use them in your library? And wouldn't you like to know how widespread their use is in libraries?

LJ/SLJ is taking a survey and wants your participation. It is designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. This survey is open to all types of libraries, and high level results will presented during LJ/SLJ's first ever virtual summit, ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point to be held on September 29, 2010. Detailed results will also be reported in LJ and SLJ later in the fall.

Contest ends September 3. Prizes...including an iPad for one lucky sucker...for your participation! Start here.

SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC

SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC
July 29, 2010
Emeryville, CA—In a move that could have far-reaching implications for competition in the library software and technology services industry, SkyRiver Technology Solutions, LLC has filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The suit alleges that OCLC, a purported non-profit with a membership of 72,000 libraries worldwide, is unlawfully monopolizing the markets for cataloging services, interlibrary lending, and bibliographic data, and attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems, by anticompetitive and exclusionary practices.

OCLC is a nonprofit Ohio corporation formed in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC’s stated mission is “furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs.” But over the years, OCLC has evolved into a global enterprise that sells numerous commercial products and services to libraries, generating revenues in excess of $200 million annually from 2005 through 2008, tax-free profits averaging over $17 million per year, and amassing a securities portfolio as high as $176 million in 2007. Since 1982 OCLC has used its tax-free profits to acquire 14 for-profit companies.

“OCLC started out 40 years ago as a library cooperative, but it has become a corporate monopoly.” said SkyRiver’s President Leslie Straus. “In the process OCLC has punished its own members who have tried to seek out lower cost alternatives like SkyRiver.”

SkyRiver is joined in the lawsuit by Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a library automation company. The suit also addresses OCLC’s anticompetitive behavior in the integrated library systems market.

SkyRiver was launched in October 2009 to provide a high quality, low cost alternative to OCLC cataloging, potentially allowing customers to achieve savings of up to 40%. The complaint details how public sector SkyRiver customers, like Michigan State University and California State University, Long Beach, turned to SkyRiver to achieve cost savings, only to have OCLC quote them a price increase of over 1100% to upload their holdings to OCLC’s WorldCat database for the benefit of other interlibrary loan (ILL) users. Straus concludes, “If allowed to continue unabated, OCLC’s actions can have the effect of eliminating competition and taking away choice for libraries. They will not succeed.”

A printable version of the press release can be found [here]

For more information about the SkyRiver’s lawsuit and the issue of choice for libraries in the marketplace for library software and services, visit www.choiceforlibraries.com. Twitter users are encouraged to use hashtag #skyoclc.

Dublin gets UNESCO City of Literature status

Following a bid led by Dublin City Libraries, Ireland's capital has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, only the fourth city to be so designated.

www.library.ie has the story.

The New LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

The first LISNews Librarian Essay Contest was a big success, let's do it again! In August I'll open things up again for librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of August, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in September. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, or a year of hosting from LISHost.org.

Bookplate Exhibit, University of Virginia

James M. Goode has assembled one of the finest private collections of American and English bookplates I have ever seen. If you click on the this link you will see a most informative video about his collection.

Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, Version 1

Version one of the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship.

http://digital-scholarship.org/dcpb/dcpb.htm

This bibliography presents over 360 selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.

Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints for published articles in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical.

See the scope note for further details:

http://digital-scholarship.org/dcpb/scope.htm

For a discussion of the numerous changes in my digital publications since my resignation (http://bit.ly/GW4Ih) from the University of Houston Libraries, see the Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

http://digital-scholarship.org/cwb/dsoverviewx.htm

The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

* Digital Scholarship 2009

http://digital-scholarship.org/sepb/annual/ds2009.htm

* Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 6

http://digital-scholarship.org/gbsb/gbsb.htm

* Institutional Repository Bibliography, Version 2

http://digital-scholarship.org/irb/irb.html

* Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version
4

http://digital-scholarship.org/etdb/etdb.htm

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Best Regards,
Charles

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Publisher, Digital Scholarship
http://digital-scholarship.org/
http://digital-scholarship.com/cwb/dschronology.htm

The Ottawa Public Library: If it’s out there, it’s in here

The Ottawa Public Library: If it’s out there, it’s in here

On May 15, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) launched a Library Awareness Campaign to keep Ottawans reading and to promote awareness of all the resources the library offers to help them do this. Access to these resources ensures informed, literate, educated and engaged citizens, which in turn make richer and safer communities.

Contest for Audio Books

Enter to win free audiobooks from Tantor Media!! Ten for ten anniversary sweepstakes...ten libraries can win. Good luck.

OpenSciNY Conference: Help Study The Impact of Publicly-Accessible Scientific Tools & Resources

OpenSciNY (http://opensciny.com/) is a free, one-day conference to be held on May 14, 2010, at NYU's Bobst Library in New York City, NY. It is geared toward academic faculty, students, and librarians interested in the impact of publicly-accessible scientific tools & resources, open access publishing in the sciences, and open data/notebook efforts. The hash tag for the conference is #opensciny

Organized by a group of science librarians from New York University, Brooklyn College (CUNY), and Columbia University, OpenSciNY is a free, one-day conference to be held from 9:30am-6pm on Friday, May 14, 2010, at NYU’s Bobst Library, situated in Greenwich Village in New York City, NY. All interested science faculty, students, and librarians are welcome to attend.

The conference includes a series of presentations followed by informal roundtable discussions, during which speakers and participants will discuss a broad range of issues related to Open Science, including:

* the transformative impact of open access on traditional forms of publishing in the sciences;

* the personal, professional, and greater societal issues regarding the provision of public access to science monographs, articles, data, lab notebooks, and research wikis/blogs;

*the implications of the development and use of freely available science tools/resources;

* tenure and promotion in an era of openness.

Pulitzers Are Announced

The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for its work in 2009, and The New York Times won three, while ProPublica became the first of the new breed of online, nonprofit news organizations to win the most prestigious award in print journalism.

The prize for public service went to the tiny Bristol Herald Courier of southwestern Virginia, circulation 29,000, for revealing that many energy companies failed to pay required royalties on natural gas drilling, and that the royalties that were paid were not reaching the local people who deserved them.

Paul Harding won the fiction prize for his novel “Tinkers,” while the drama award went to the musical “Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

More from NY Times.

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