ATG News & Announcements 3/29/17

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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition;   *Free Law Project Launches Effort to Download All Free Opinions and Orders from PACER;   *New Web Service Accurately Counts Item Downloads from Institutional Repositories;   *Vanderbilt now home to Helguera’s ‘personal library’;   *JSTOR releases JSTOR Sustainability to advance environmental research;    *F1000 partners with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch an open research publishing platform;   *NIH is Now Encouraging Investigators to Use Interim Research Products (Preprints) to Speed Dissemination, Enhance Rigor of Work;  and *ALA, PLA, and Cox Communications Partner for Digital Literacy; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to a cni-announce post on the LibLicense “the New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore. This is the third edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 75 experts… Library leaders, librarians, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 14 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments…”

infoDOCKET reports that the Free Law Project has launched “a new project to download all of the free opinions and orders that are available on PACER. Since we do not want to unduly impact PACER, we are doing this process slowly, giving it several weeks or months to complete, and slowing down if any PACER administrators get in touch with issues…”

According to OCLC Research “researchers from Montana State University, OCLC Research, the University of New Mexico and the Association of Research Libraries have developed a new web service that accurately measures item downloads from institutional repositories…”

Vanderbilt News reports that “some 300 boxes containing the rarest and earliest portions of the J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana, which documents centuries of Colombian political, economic and social history, have been acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries.

“This significant addition to our Latin American holdings, combined with an earlier collection from Professor Helguera and the Manuel Zapata Olivella papers, insures Vanderbilt’s position as a global destination for Colombian scholarship,” said University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakJSTOR, …, has released JSTOR Sustainability, a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience along with a set of tools to enable easy exploration of topics and ideas whether they are being discussed by an economist, scientist, or an urban planner…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “F1000, a provider of a suite of services to support researchers, institutions and funders, has announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch an open research publishing platform. Due to launch in the third quarter of 2017, Gates Open Research will be a new publishing option that will increase the speed and transparency of scholarly publishing by Gates-funded researchers…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the NIH notice discussed below was published on March 24, 2017 and follows an October 2016 RFI about the use of interim research products.

From a Notice (NOT-OD-17-050) Posted on the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants Website:

The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work.

This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as products of NIH funding…”

According to Library Journal “Cable and Internet service provider Cox Communications has teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA); the Public Library Association (PLA); as well as pilot libraries in Topeka, KS; Tucson, AZ; and Baton Rouge, LA, to help improve digital literacy skills in underserved communities. The collaboration includes the launch of, a website offering tutorials on tasks from saving a file on a computer to creating an email account.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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