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UKSG (United Kingdom Serials Group) has added six new chapters as well as two updated ones to The E-Resources Management Handbook, its Open-Access guide to the practical aspects of working with e-resources.  The Handbook comprises 27 chapters on topics such as licensing, archiving, marketing, and ERM systems.  The new chapters include: “Peer review”; “A beginner’s guide to working with vendors”;  “E-resource management and the Semantic Web”; “How to survive as a new serialist”;  “COUNTER: current developments and future plans”;  and “Cancellation workflow.”  The updated chapters are “New resource discovery mechanisms” and “Usage statistics and online behavior.”  Press Release, March 8, 2010, http://www.uksg.org/news/ermhmar10.

C-Span has uploaded its video archives to the Internet. The archives, at C-SpanVideo.org, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations.  The New York Times, March 15, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/arts/television/16cspan.html?ref=us.

The American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing visual artists plan to file a class-action lawsuit against Google, asserting that the company’s efforts to digitize millions of books from libraries amount to large-scale infringement of their copyrights.  Other Groups joining the class action include the Graphic Artists Guild, the North American Nature Photography Association, and the Professional Photographers of America, as well as individual photographers and illustrators.  Unlike the suit by authors and publishers, which focused largely on Google’s scanning of books from libraries, the suit from the photographers and graphic artists includes Google’s “partner program,” under which some publishers allow Google to include their books in the company’s book search service.  The new suit claims the program fails to compensate visual artists adequately for the use of their work.  The New York Times, April 6, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/technology/07google.html.

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