ATG News You Need to Start the Week 5/6/19

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According to the Chronicle of Higher Education McGraw-Hill and Cengage, two of the country’s three biggest textbook publishers, announced on Wednesday that they would merge. The deal, which some in the publishing industry called not surprising given the financial pressures facing the sector, would create a company with the potential for growing influence over the textbook market. Combined, the two companies would have revenues of more than $3.1 billion and 44,000 titles in a range of fields…

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ACRL Insider reports that “the May 2019 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and followC&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion…”

ARL News notes that “The first issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) in 2019 looks at privacy from a legal, digital, and applied perspective, with a focus on the implications and opportunities for research libraries. The release of this issue of RLI coincides with Choose Privacy Week 2019…”

According to this news release “the representatives of African Open Science Platform, AmeLICA, cOAlition S, OA2020, and SciELO – five of the major worldwide Open Access initiatives – met on 1 May 2019 during the annual meeting of the Global Research Council in São Paulo, Brazil. They are united in their common mission of making knowledge available and accessible wherever it can have the greatest impact and help solve humanity’s challenges regardless of where it was produced…”

Also according to ACRL Insider “the ACRL Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Review Task Force was formed by the ACRL Board of Directors with the charge of reviewing and revising ACRL documents related to the status of academic librarians. In order to gain a sense of current thinking and relevance related to the status of academic librarians, this Task Force invites the ACRL membership to respond to a short survey about faculty and academic status for librarians…”

According to Inside Higher Ed Doane University in Nebraska shuttered a library exhibit and put a librarian on leave over historical photos of students in blackface. The university says the images ran counter to its values and, as presented, served no educational purpose. Some of the librarian’s faculty supporters disagree and say that Doane interfered in a learning moment, albeit a painful one, that their colleague was already working to right…

infoDOCKET notes that “The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has published a white paper on “Exploring Open Access Ebook Usage”…

The white paper summarizes current practices in tracking usage of open-access (OA) monographs, whose stakeholders include authors, publishers, funders, vendors, libraries, and readers. To serve the needs of this wide-ranging set of stakeholders, the paper recommends establishing a data trust to help manage and understand OA ebook usage.

Also a KnowledgeSpeak reports that “European research funders are being urged to stay true to their original objective and make all journal papers published with their support free to read by 2020, when they present revised proposals later this month. The new draft of Plan S, now being coordinated by Robert Kiley of the Wellcome Trust, will be based on a recent public consultation…”

In addition, according to KnowledgeSpeak “a new open access policy at Penn State, recently endorsed by the University Faculty Senate, will greatly increase public availability of original, peer-reviewed Penn State scholarly research in support of the University’s land-grant mission. Under the policy – expected to be implemented by Penn State President Eric Barron in the fall 2019 semester – Penn State researchers will remain free to submit their work to scholarly journals of their choice.




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