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Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet

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Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term access to Digital Information. February 2010

There is likely to be a surge in digital preservation stimulated by this report; this may have positive aspects, but also dangers.  We as an industry may be cut out of the action, and suffer from unwelcome changes to copyright law if we are.  This is a short report on this important document – the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/reports/2010/brtffinalreport.pdf ).  Anthony Watkinson reports.

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Ithaka Faculty Survey 2009

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APD comment on Ithaka Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies, April 7, 2010

Anthony Watkinson reports.  This latest survey in a series running from 2000 has serious interest for UK publishers though its sample is entirely from the US. It is at first glance encouraging reading for publishers and discouraging reading for librarians. 

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Review of Book Makers

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Review of Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century by Iain Stevenson, British Library 2010 

In spite of a concentration on trade publishing, and other areas where criticism could be made, this book is very worthwhile reading for all in our sector.  Anthony Watkinson reports.

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APD Brief June 2010 Open Access

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Open Access Developments

Anthony Watkinson reports on The Economic Implication of Alternative Business Models (Houghton & Oppenheim); OA publisher Ahmed Hindawi's presentation on OA as alternative business model; Professor Harnad's views; PLoS ONE; JISC Advocacy Report

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VitalSource accessibility release

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VitalSource unveils accessibility release for e-textbook platform

VitalSource Technologies Inc announced an ‘accessibility release’ for its industry-leading VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform in May.

The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications.

 

Library access and database accessibility

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Library access and database accessibility

The JIBS user group blog has highlighted the following resources on improving library access for users with disabilities and overcoming database accessibility issues:

CLAUD: ‘Librarians in Higher Education networking to improve library access for disabled users in the South and South-West of England’
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/claud/intro.html
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/claud/events-res.html

Open University Library
http://library.open.ac.uk/help/access/index.cfm?id=7007
This page provides suggestions for overcoming known accessibility issues with some of the databases.    The instructions mainly relate to screen readers with some information for keyboard only users. Resources were tested using JAWS and Internet Explorer 6.

JIBS (http://www.jibs.ac.uk) originated as the user group for 'JIsc (assisted) Bibliographic dataserviceS' but now sees its remit as extending beyond bibliographic material to all electronic content of interest to HE and FE institutions, available either via JISC's Information Environment (IE), or delivered independently by other sources.

 

APD Brief June 2010 nibs

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APD Brief June 2010 nibs

GLAM-WIKI; Global Research Report on Africa; Georgia State University case; social media; Research Information Network; Ofcom proposes Code of Practice to reduce online copyright infringement; User Generated Content Principles

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

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The BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are pleased to announce the launch of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.

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India raids

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The PA is pleased to report on 2 recent raids from the anti-piracy campaign in India.

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The Cultural Diary

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Ever since London won the Olympic bid, there’s been much talk of the Cultural Olympiad and, on Wednesday, at the Whitechapel Gallery, the London Development Agency unveiled The Culture Diary, a free online listings for creative programming in London throughout 2012 on which can be registered any London-based cultural event or activity.  

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Book Aid International Appeal for Books

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Book Aid International aims to send half a million books each year to sub-Saharan Africa, where 153 million adults are illiterate, over 32 million children still do not go to school, and most people simply cannot afford books of their own.

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