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SkyRiver, LLC, a library cataloging service, filed an antitrust lawsuit against OCLC in the Northern District of California on July 28, 2010.  The suit alleges anti-competitive and monopolistic behavior.  OCLC recently caused controversy in the library community by proposing a revised use policy that would have required libraries to be restrictive in the use of their own library records.  The filing and information on the revised OCLC use policy are available to view online.


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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, the Census and National Archives announced it will hold a hearing on the issue of public access to federally funded research on Thursday, July 29. The hearing is open and public. The hearing notice says that, “The hearing will examine the state of public access to federally-funded research in science, technology, and medicine. The hearing will assess and delineate the…

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Philosopher’s Imprint, one of SPO’s longest running open access journals, published two new articles today. “Ceteris Paribus Laws: Generics and Natural Kinds,” by Bernhard Nickel, Harvard University and “PSR,” by Michael Della Rocca, Yale University. Philosophers’ Imprint is a refereed series of original papers in philosophy, edited by Stephen Darwall and J. David Velleman, with the advice of an international Board of Editors.  The Imprint is not restricted to any particular field or school of…

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Alix Keener joined the staff of the Scholarly Publishing Office half-time on Monday, June 7th, complementing her existing half-time appointment at the University of Michigan Press. Alix works as a digital project assistant at SPO with a primary focus on helping to manage SPO’s ongoing work in support of Humanities E-Book. The Text Creation Partnership, a component of MPublishing that has a historical link to SPO and whose staff has often been based at SPO,…

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New exemptions to anti circumvention were announced on July 26 by the US Copyright Office. Much anticipated and worth reading – they are astonishingly reasonable and helpful for educational, scholarly, and university needs. They include a DVD exemption that includes fair use-type uses explicitly, an exemption for e-book accessibility, an exemption for obsolete security technology, and circumvention for wireless telephones to allow for interoperability.  These are stunningly reasonable. Also see this nice piece in the…

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Kevin Hawkins, SPO’s electronic publishing librarian, is serving as an invited expert on the EPUB Metadata Subgroup of the EPUB 2.1 Working Group, providing the perspective of the TEI Council (on which he serves) and of libraries. He is also co-editing Best Practices for TEI in Libraries, revisions of which are nearly complete.


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Stephen W. Salant, professor of economics at University of Michigan, is the creator of Successful Strategic Deception: A Case Study, recently published by SPO.  The project features a new analysis of the controversial case against Alger Hiss, a  U.S. State Department official suspected of spying for the Soviet Union, and ultimately convicted of perjury in 1950.  Professor Salant shared with us the history of his work on this case, and his perspective on how his…

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The Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library is pleased to announce the publication of Successful Strategic Deception: A Case Study, a digital publication featuring a new analysis of the controversial case against Alger Hiss, a  U.S. State Department official suspected of spying for the Soviet Union, and ultimately convicted of perjury in 1950. Hiss had been a rising star in the liberal foreign policy establishment, accompanying President Roosevelt to Yalta, hand-delivering the…

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During this year’s week-long Enriching Scholarship program, I taught a session entitled The Espresso Book Machine: Using Print on Demand as a Teacher and Author. The class included an overview of how the machine works, how it can be used to benefit UM faculty and students, and concluded with a book printing demonstration. Here’s a version of the Powerpoint presentation developed for the class: EBM Powerpoint Presentation


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The first sale doctrine is an aspect of copyright law that permits libraries to lend books and other materials. There is some alarm although the right is being eroded in the arena of ebooks – as ebooks are subject to licenses that define whether and how the consumer may transfer or share ebooks. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) announced today that they are filing a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the case of Costco v. Omega…

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