ATG News & Announcements 11/23/17 – Happy Thanksgiving!

by | Nov 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Tasty! Library of Congress Shares “A Brief History of Pumpkin Pie in America” & Some Thanksgiving Facts and Stats;  *FTC Halts the Deceptive Practices of Academic Journal Publishers;  *Report: “Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient”;  *New Emerald whitepaper calls on research communities to tackle the reward and incentive cultures that continue to stifle relationships between academia and society; and  *LYRASIS Receives $90,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Study Technology in Museums; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

infoDOCKET notes a Inside Adams Blog Post by LC Science Librarian and Culinary Specialist Alison Kelly that offers a description by Adriaen van der Donck, an early landowner and the first lawyer in New Netherland, that presents “a wonderfully detailed description of the natural and cultural worlds of that Dutch colony and its environs in 1655. His observations on squashes and pumpkins, which take up much of the chapter on “Vegetables”, include the comment that “the English, who are fond of tasty food, like pumpkins very much and use them also in pies, and know how to make a beverage from them.”

The “English” referred to in van der Donck’s description were the English colonists in New England, where pumpkins were a staple of the diet. New Englanders brewed pumpkin ale, they added dried pumpkin to flips, and they stewed pumpkin as a vegetable. However, it was their pumpkin pie that, over the following centuries, went on to become an edible icon…

The post goes on to provide a brief but detailed history of the Thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie, including some early recipes.

(infoDOCKET also includes some links to other sites that offer some interesting Thanksgiving day facts and stats.)

According to infoDOCKET “a federal court has granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Federal Trade Commission, temporarily halting the deceptive practices of academic journal publishers charged by the agency with making false claims about their journals and academic conferences, and hiding their publishing fees, which were up to several thousand dollars…”

The preliminary injunction against OMICS Group Inc., iMedPub LLC, Conference Series LLC, and their CEO, director, and owner, Srinubabu Gedela stems from a complaint the FTC filed last year that names Gedela and his three companies as defendants.,, and now have the infamous “serverhold” status which suggests that the responsible registries intervened. The status, which has been used previously when domain names are flagged for copyright issues, strips domains of their DNS entries…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “LYRASIS has been awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research current technology uses in museums, especially in relationship to collections information management…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources





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