ATG News & Announcements 12/29/16

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A Selection of New/Updated Reports From the Congressional Research Service;    *National Library of Israel Receives First Shipment of Kafka Letters;    *Registry of U.S. Federal Scientific Collections (USFSC) Offers One-Stop Shopping;   *The Italian e-book market is on the rise;   *Preservica selected for Jisc Research Data Shared Service for UK Universities;   *The Association for Computing Machinery collection now enhanced and discoverable across ReadCube;   *Drafts charters of W3C Publishing Business Group, EPUB 3 Community Group available;  and  *Montgomery: On UCSC’s outrageous mass destruction of books; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

infoDOCKET provides these links from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS)  who is making them and “MANY more CRS reports publicly accessible.”

Also according to infoDOCKET “the first shipment of items from the literary estate of Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of author Franz Kafka, was received by Israel’s National Library last week, Haaretz reported Tuesday. The shipment, which was received after being awarded to the library in a court ruling, contains papers from Kafka, one of the 20th century’s most influential writers…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “through a joint effort between the USDA and Smithsonian Institution, an Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC) has been cataloging them in a newly established Registry of U.S. Federal Scientific Collections (USFSC) managed by the Smithsonian…”

According to GoodEReader “The Italian publishing market has experienced a 21% increase in e-book sales in the first six months of 2016. One of the big reasons why the number of units sold is so high, is primarily due to the sheer number of titles that have been digitized. 65,000 print books were released and of those, 63,000 were converted into e-books…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Preservica, …, has announced that its digital preservation platform has been selected to be part of the framework for the pilot phase of the Jisc Research Data Shared Service (RDSS) for UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced a partnership with ReadCube to both index and enhance its scholarly journal collection of emerging and established computing research. ACM’s collection including 50 titles high-impact, peer-reviewed journals have been indexed and are now easily discoverable via ReadCube’s search engine, related article feeds and personalized recommendations…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “as part of work towards implementing the plan to combine IDPF with W3C, proposed initial charters have been drafted for the anticipated new W3C Publishing Business Group and W3C EPUB 3 Community Group. These drafts were prepared in collaboration with co-chairs of the IDPF EPUB Working Group and W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, together with IDPF and W3C leadership…”

The Mercury News reports in an article by a faculty member that “over the summer, workmen removed most of the remaining books from our Science and Engineering Library at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Roughly 80,000 books, worth between $2-$6 million were destroyed or shipped off campus to distant storage facilities. The act was taken with virtually no faculty input…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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