Thursday, November 08, 2012
Random House and Penguin Merge to Meet the Digital Imperative
On Oct. 29, 2012, Random House and Penguin Group-the two largest trade houses in the U.S.-and dominant publishers of mass-market paperbacks, announced they were merging to form a new company called Penguin Random House. The deal was initiated by Penguin's parent company Pearson, whose CEO Marjorie Scardino explained that, "the two publishers will be able to share a large part of their costs, to invest more for their author and reader constituencies and to be more adventurous in trying new models in this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers."
Ex Libris Releases Voyager 8.2
Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, announced the release of the Voyager 8.2 integrated library system (ILS). This version contains numerous enhancements in all areas of Voyager functionality. It was tested by numerous user institutions, including the United States Library of Congress; the Colorado School of Mines; UCLA; and the National Library of Australia. Their feedback contributed to refining the released software.
EBSCO Publishing Introduces Humanities Source
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released Humanities Source. The bibliographic and full-text database was developed from a merger of databases from EBSCO and H.W. Wilson, and includes many unique sources that were never previously available. Humanities Source is the first time the entire H.W. Wilson indexing collection of Humanities research literature is available within a single database.
ProQuest Participates in Early Modern OCR Project
ProQuest is participating in a project that will vastly accelerate research of 15th through 17th century cultural history. The company will provide access to page images from the veritable Early English Books Online and newcomer Early European Books to the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) at Texas A&M. EMOP will use the content to create a database of typefaces used in the early modern era, train OCR software to read them and then apply crowdsourcing for editing. The project will turn the rich corpus of works from this pivotal historical period into fully searchable digital documents.
Concrete Steps Toward a Digital Public Library of America
The dream of a national digital public library is inching closer to reality. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative was launched in December 2010 with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Since then it has been working to transition from a planning initiative to a fully independent 501(c)(3) organization and has crafted a draft job outline for DPLA Executive Director. The DPLA plans to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all via a large-scale digital library.
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ITI Books Blog – booksblog.infotoday.com – news, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.
ITI Conference Blog – libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.
Library Stuff – librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.
InfoToday Europe Blog – infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.
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SpeechTech Blog – speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.