ATG News You Need to Start the Week 5/13/19

by | May 13, 2019 | 0 comments



In the latest version of this annual report, American Libraries notes that “the library technology field continues to see modest growth overall, though that growth is unevenly distributed among companies. Large companies with expanding portfolios of products and services are giving new shape to the landscape. Despite the dominance of a few globally diverse and large companies, midsized and small companies continue to hold their own and in some cases thrive. Massive companies such as Follett, ProQuest/Ex Libris, and EBSCO represent formidable competition for any challenger in their markets. SirsiDynix and Innovative Interfaces continue to retain and attract diverse libraries to their evolving integrated library system (ILS)–centric product portfolios…”

According to Information TodayPorter Anderson writes in Publishing Perspectives, “Intended to make it easier for rights holders to defend copyrighted work, the CASE Act is getting backing from US publishing’s trade and advocacy organizations,” including the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.

On May 1, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives (HR 2426) and in the Senate (S 1273). The Copyright Alliance notes that it would create “a voluntary small claims board within the US Copyright Office that will provide copyright owners with an alternative to the expensive process of bringing copyright claims, including infringement and misrepresentation under 512(f) [of Title 17 in the U.S. Code], in federal court.” (For more information, read the article.)…”

infoDOCKET reports that ” On Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Events DC celebrated the opening of Apple Carnegie Library to the public. This is Apple’s most extensive historic restoration project to-date, restoring and revitalizing the Beaux-Arts style building once home to Washington, DC’s Central Public Library. Originally funded by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1903, the Library will once again be a center for learning, discovery and creativity for the community, keeping with Carnegie’s vision of a public and free space for all…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “cOAlition S and OA2020 work in synergy on both sides of the scholarly publishing chain to achieve open access in scholarly journals and alternative publishing venues.

One of several pathways pursued by OA2020 participants is to negotiate transformative agreements under which the funds previously spent for subscriptions are repurposed to cover the costs associated with open access publishing…”

ACRL Insider offers “congratulations to the following recipients of 2019 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.



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