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April is the cruelest month, not only for “breeding Lilacs out of the dead land … and stirring Dull roots with spring rain,”* but also because everyone’s end of the year papers are due. We understand this, because every April we at the Copyright Office get a lot of questions about papers, theses, and dissertations. This year, we, along with one of our fabulous interns, Jessie Mannisto, have prepared some resources to help answer some of our frequently asked questions. Jessie has complied resources and…

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“Given that bookstores sell books, while libraries lend them, one might well wonder why a library would want to install a book-making machine and sell books on site.” Terri Geitgey, Manager of Library Print Services at MPublishing, recently published an article in Library’s Hi Tech’s latest issue, Hardware in Libraries, about the University of Michigan Library’s pioneering experience with the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), pictured here, and how this library became the first academic library…

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Brownbag Event: After The Google Books Settlement Thursday March 31st, 11:30am – 1pm, Library Gallery (Room 100) Hosted by the Copyright Office, part of MPublishing Come join the Copyright Office staff for a discussion of the rejection of the Google Books Settlement and the future implications (if there are any) for MLibrary activities. On March 22nd, the judge presiding over the Google Books Case announced that he has rejected the proposed settlement between The Author’s…

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Reports from the Field: This post is by Bryan Smith, applications programmer in the Publishing Technology Group at MPublishing, who recently attended DrupalCon 2011, an international conference about the open source content management software, Drupal. Approximately 3,000 DrupalCon 2011 attendees took over the Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers between Tuesday, March 8th through Thursday, March 10th. The conference was tremendously educational and fun, featuring countless sessions, code sprints, lightning talks and birds-of-a-feather sessions. Many content…

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MPublishing and the Michigan Botanical Club (MBC) are pleased to announce the launch of an online, open-access version of The Michigan Botanist, the peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by MBC since 1962. This is the first time the full text of the journal has been made available online. The Michigan Botanist is devoted to all aspects of plant life in the Great Lakes Region. “Peer-reviewed papers published in The Michigan Botanist include contributions of all sorts ranging from ecology to…

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By Jeremy Morse, Head, Publishing Technology Group We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Beers joined the Publishing Technology Group (PTG) as our new Web Developer on Febraury 28. Elizabeth graduated with an MSLIS from the University of Illinois. She has most recently worked at the Kresge Library of the Ross School of Business, doing development and usability testing for their website; previously, she had served as Reference/Technology Librarian at George Washington University. We look forward…

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The Copyright Office has wonderful news to share with you. First, TWO Copyright Office interns were selected for this summer’s highly selective Google Policy Fellowship program, Jessie Mannisto and Liz Allen. Jessie Mannisto, who interned with us in the summer of 2010, has been accepted as a Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association‘s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). The OITP “advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that…

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Last week, Thijs Niks (@ThijsNiks) tweeted enthusiasm for the Journal of Electronic Publishing‘s combined use of browser- and print-friendly layouts. (Thanks, Thijs!) “How do you do that?” he asked.   In reply, Bryan Smith of MPublishing’s Publishing Technology Group explains how we prepare content for consumption on screen(s) and in print: The Journal of Electronic Publishing, like other journals we publish, goes through an extensive digital workflow before reaching a reader’s screen or printer. Central to…

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Deep Blue has begun to formally host content from the Bentley Historical Library, the official archive of the University of Michigan. As a result of this new partnership, we have created a new area in Deep Blue specifically for their archival material: Archival Collections — Bentley Library. This area of Deep Blue currently hosts collections for the Computing Center, the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action, the Office of the Registrar, along with a Faculty…

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Four MPublishing staff attended Tools of Change for Publishing 2011: Publishing Without Boundaries earlier this month. Here is a roundup of what each of us found most interesting, provocative, and relevant to our work in university-based digital publishing. Kevin Hawkins Head, Digital Publishing Production There was a lot of buzz at TOCCON 2011.  During the two days of the conference, a number of major announcements were made: Borders Group, Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, Apple…

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