ATG News & Announcements 1/24/17

by | Jan 24, 2017 | 0 comments

ALCTS announces new mentoring program;   *University of Calgary Axes Hundreds of Journal Subscriptions as ‘Big 5′ Publishers Jack Up Prices;   *More Material From LC’s Alan Lomax Collection Now Accessible Online;   *Textbook Publishers File Suit Against Amazon Marketplace Sellers for Alleged Piracy;   *Amazon Agrees to Break eBook Contractual Strangleholds In Europe;  and *FCC Releases White Paper Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS…

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of mentors and mentees. The application deadline Mar. 17, 2017, with the mentor and mentee pairing process to be completed by May 12, 2017. The actual mentoring program for the first cohort will begin Jun. 1, 2017 and end Apr. 30, 2018…”

infoDOCKET reports that “students and faculty were shocked and frustrated to learn U of C has cancelled subscriptions to hundreds of online journals in a bid to save $1.5 million, but blame publishers for what one called “a totally unsustainable publishing model in academic work…”

Citing a Library of Congress Blog Post by Todd Harvey infoDOCKET notes that “the second—and largest—phase of the Lomax family papers has just gone online at this link. This set of manuscripts joins ca. 25,000 items that went online last fall….”

According to The Digital Reader “Cengage, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson have started a new round of lawsuits against textbook sellers.  The Financial Times reports that this time around the publishers are targeting defendants who sell through Amazon’s marketplace…”

Publishers Lunch reports that “On Tuesday the European Commission announced proposed settlement “commitments” from Amazon to give up a variety of restrictive “parity clauses” in their ebook contracts with publishers across Europe, following  a “preliminary assessment” reached on December 9, 2016 concluding “the clauses may breach EU antitrust rules and result in reduced competition…

In another report infoDOCKET informs its readers that there is a “new white paper (posted Jan 23, 2017) … from the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis…This paper aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion about a national-infrastructure plan by highlighting three points relevant to communications…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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