No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries. Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name. These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below. For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.
The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing. This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8) issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon). Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading
Interesting article in today’s Inside Higher Ed about open educational resources. Here’s a clip from the article, written by Libby A. Nelson.
” It’s been less than a month since the U.S. Labor Department announced $500 million in grants for community colleges to develop job-training programs and make them free for other institutions to use, but the program is already facing a threat to its existence.
A provision in the proposed House of Representatives budget for fiscal year 2012 would stop the federal government from using grant programs to develop new courses, learning materials or other related projects unless the labor secretary verifies that similar programs are not already available for purchase or “under development.” Continue reading
First Street, a new political intelligence product from CQ Press, a division of SAGE Inc., offers a look into the relationships between legislators, lobbyists, and others influencing policy making in the US. The product launched earlier this year. They have been releasing topical reports, highlighting the lobbying in the topic area as well as the features of the First Street database. Alex Bronstein-Moffly, Online Content Manager with First Street recently author a report titled, The Lobbying Behind Publishing and Textbooks. This report takes a look at the lobbying of the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) and the National Association of College Stores NACS); issues lobbied in the last few years; and textbook legislation lobbying.
For more information on First Street: Information Today Newsbreak about CQ Press’ First Street
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Picked up a tweet today from @goodtokno about this new Pew report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education. Some snippets of the study are listed below, taken from the Pew study website. It’s pretty clear from the results that digital content will be necessary to support higher education. Of particular interest is the estimate on digital textbooks – Nearly two-thirds of college presidents (62%) anticipate that 10 years from now, more than half of the textbooks used by their undergraduate students will be entirely digital. Continue reading