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Finch Report Reignites OA Storm
by Joanna Ptolomey
The global research community and governments are looking to the U.K. for recommendations and solutions to funding and delivering open access (OA) models with the recent announcement of the report, "Expanding Access to Published Research Findings." The Professor Dame Janet Finch report was announced amidst a flurry of debate from activists as well as mainstream media. The findings indicate a strong level of support from the U.K. government for OA. That support was never really in doubt. However, a switch in model of economic delivery for OA from the Green to Gold route has sparked a more contentious debate, leading some experts to ask, is this remedy worse than the disease?

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IET Launches Open Access Engineering Megajournal
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is to become the first engineering, not-for-profit publisher to adopt an open access (OA) model with the launch of a comprehensive, online-only OA journal. OA options will also be added to its existing 26 journals. This is part of the IET's continuing mission to make essential engineering intelligence available to the worldwide engineering community, benefitting researchers who contribute to or use this content.
‘This Week In Libraries’ Show Now Available Free in iTunes
This Week In Libraries (TWIL), the first global library internet TV show, is now also available via iTunes as free audio podcasts. This video-based talk show, produced by Shanachie Media, is halfway through its third season. Many library leaders and visionaries have been joining in conversations with Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer on TWIL.
Latest Version of Thomson Reuters ProView E-Reader Platform Announced
Thomson Reuters announced the latest version of Thomson Reuters ProView, a professional e-reader platform for legal content. The new version of Thomson Reuters ProView adds power and functionality for iPad users—as well as public betas of native apps for Android tablet, and Windows and Mac users—to the first e-reader platform specifically built from the ground up for professionals, allowing users to interact with legal content on ebooks in entirely new ways.

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The Challenging Landscape of Ebooks in Libraries
by Paula J. Hane
The overall growth in digital content of all kinds, and in particular, the growing importance and acceptance of ebooks, has clearly presented great opportunities for libraries, as well as plenty of challenges. Many libraries are coping with decreasing budgets while at the same time experiencing increased demand for content and services. Challenges include limited availability of ebooks from publishers, increasing demands for tech support with ebook readers and mobile devices, cumbersome borrowing processes, and minimal discoverability of ebook content. Two recent reports shed some light on the current situation, providing interesting statistics and perspectives.

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