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The Future of University Presses | Peer to Peer Review

(libraryjournal.com): There seems to be general agreement that university presses need to embrace the opportunities digital technologies offer to create richer content with a wider, more global reach rather than simply digitize print-ready texts and sell them through current channels. This will require a lot of experimentation and new skills, but presses don't have the resources to go it alone; they need to pool their resources to invest jointly in the research and development necessary to create new digital platforms and delivery channels. Sharing production and distribution functions could let presses concentrate on the editorial work that is their core function and will continue to be high touch and labor-intensive, regardless of digital innovations.
   
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Academic Libraries in For-Profit Schools of Higher Education

(crl.acrl.org): Through this article, the authors seek to introduce the library readership to U.S. for profit colleges and universities. With regard to their library services and resources, the article focusses on issues of concern based specifically on experience with academic libraries in proprietary schools operating in the state of Ohio. Finally, it suggests ways in which these for-profit institutions can address the challenges faced by their libraries.
   
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Wikis in Higher Education

(sciencedaily.com): As the issue of student fees remains high on the political agenda researchers continue to investigate ways in which teaching standards might be maintained or even improved in higher education. This is particularly apposite given the current economic climate and the employability of students leaving education.
   
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Textbook publishers fear copyright changes will kill their market

(nationalpost.com): Confusion over what Canada's proposed new copyright bill would permit to be copied has left observers and stakeholders uncertain of its effects. The proposed change has provoked controversy on Parliament Hill - where Bill C-32 recently passed second reading and is now before a legislative committee - and on school campuses, in boardrooms and in the offices of literary agents across the country.
   
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Open Licenses and Radical Shift in Digital Content Distribution

(eprints.rclis.org): World Wide Web is becoming the most preferred location for academic community, librarians and other professionals for communication, content generation and transfer. They are extensively making use of web services such as blogs, podcast, wiki's, digital libraries and institutional repositories for the transfer and access of information content in digital format. Text, images, audio and video in digitized format facilitate easy creation, transfer and duplication of information throughout networks. Reckless use and transfer of digital content through Internet invokes threats to copyright claims of commercial content creators. This situation force commercial publishers to make use of technology and law to ensure security and prevent unauthorized access of digital content.
   
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