Digital Public Library of America to Pilot eBook Lending in Fall; *Europe Announces That All Scientific Papers Should Be Free by 2020; *China Publishes More Books Per Year Than the United States; *WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Interim Report (Year One); *In the UK: “Young Researchers Preach Open Access, Yet Many Don’t Practice”; *EIFL Rolls Out Annual Report; *Federal FY2018 Budget Looms Large; *Five College Consortium Opens $14 Million Remote Storage Facility in Hatfield, Massachusetts; *New Data From OASPA: “Steady Growth of Articles in Fully OA Journals Using a CC-BY License” plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
Good E-Reader reports that “It’s taken nearly four years, but the time has finally come for the Digital Public Library of America–a non-profit, grassroots organization aimed at better access to ebooks for all readers–to launch its pilot program. Planned for this fall, DPLA will be lending ebooks in what it hopes is a streamlined, non-proprietary and vendorless platform.
According to No Shelf Required “this week was a revolutionary week in the sciences – not because we discovered a new fundamental particle or had a new breakthrough in quantum computing – but because some of the most prominent world leaders announced an initiative which asserts that European scientific papers should be made freely available to all by 2020.
This would legally only impact research supported by public and public-private funds, which are a vast portion of the papers produced annually; however, the goal is to make all science freely available.
Good E-Reader also notes that “the Chinese publishing industry publishes close to 440,000 books per year, which makes it the largest bookselling market in the world.
infoDOCKET notes that an interim report about the first year of the two-year WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Project “was recently shared online to read and/or download… The WASAPI is the working name of a IMLS funded Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving initiative…”
infoDOCKET also reports that “most British scientists agree that academic research should be free to everyone, but fewer than half have published in open-access journals, and some never will, a recent survey has found. Among the least represented group in open-access publishing are academics under 35…”
According to Information Today “EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) released its 2016 annual report, which shows that the organization helped more than 8.5 million people through its network of libraries in 50-plus developing and transitional countries…”
Information Today also reports that “various organizations continue to sound off about the president’s proposed FY2018 budget as the Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes the full text available on govinfo and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) releases information on how it will begin closing down if the budget passes…”
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility. The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium –Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- National Library of Norway to Digitize Material From Nigeria’s National Library
- Sheridan Acquires PubFactory Hosting Platform from O’Reilly Media
- TLC Releases CARL.X 9.4.2, CARL.Connect 1.4 and CARL.Connect Discovery 3.2.5
- Delta think and LibLynx partner to simplify institutional access to the OA data analytics tool;
- CCC Adds Semantic Search Workflow to RightFind;
- Elsevier publishes eight new renewable-alternative energy titles;
- TouchNEUROLOGY and MDS announce media agreement;
- Dosdoce and Bookwire Chart ‘Soaring’ Ebook Sales in the Spanish Markets
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.