Here is another batch of news for you, some open books, some Google News, an update to a previous item of interest and a link to an intriguing story.
– First up, Wikibooks http://en.wikibooks.org/
From the website:
“Wikibooks is a collection of open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks module. Contributors maintain the property rights to their contributions, while the GNU Free Documentation License and the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License makes sure that the submitted version and its derivative works will always remain freely distributable and reproducible. See Wikibooks:Copyrights for more information. Wikibooks went online on 10 July 2003.” –http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikibooks:About
I hadn’t heard of it before now, but there are more than a few books of interest for me. Check it out!
– Also take a look at the “Community College Open Textbook Collaborative”
“The collaborative provides training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, an online professional network, support for authors opening their resources, and other services.”
– Google Buzz: you may have seen it hanging out near your Gmail inbox, with auto-followers. What do you think?
Read more about it here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/introducing-google-buzz.html
– Update to the CNIB article here: BCLA has sent a letter to the Premier: http://www.bcla.bc.ca/page/news/ezlist_item_6d9d2007-79a7-4a50-b65f-ce94f0221e60.aspx_6d9d2007-79a7-4a50-b65f-ce94f0221e60.aspx
– And to piqué your interest, the Ottawa Citizen published this article about an internal probe at Library and Archives Canada: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Internal+probe+launched+Library+Archives+Canada/2543665/story.html
A bit thin on the details, but rich with intrigue.
Until next time!