ATG News You Need to Start the Week 7/1/19

by | Jul 1, 2019 | 0 comments


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) -in connection with the Commission’s hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century-urging the Commission to more closely scrutinise the behavior of dominant online platforms that pervade every aspect of the economy. In its 12-page filing, AAP underscores the fact that dominant technology platforms exercise extraordinary market power in the markets for book distribution and Internet search…”

infoDOCKET reports that ” More faculty will be able to create their own open textbooks thanks to a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support a collaborative project led by the Open Textbook Network (OTN), in partnership with Coko…”

Also according to infoDOCKET ” U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today introduced the Electronic Court Records Reform Act to reform the federal government’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), a database of federal judicial filings. The PACER is system is outdated and charges exorbitant fees to users. This bill will reform PACER to solve these problems and ensure easy and free public access to federal government court records. Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) are leading the legislation in the House of Representatives…”

Information Today reports that “the Publishing Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the first public working draft of Audiobook Profile for Web Publications, which was “developed to address a major gap in the publishing ecosystem…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “three Universities have joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP). The new partners are: Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Nevada, Reno, and Virginia Tech. The LSU Libraries support the academic mission of the university by fostering teaching, learning, and research. The libraries contain more than 4 million volumes and provide additional resources such as expert staff, technology, services, electronic resources, and facilities that advance research, teaching, and learning across every discipline…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the Florida State University Libraries has published an open access mathematics textbook in collaboration with Giray Ökten, associate chair for Graduate Studies and professor of mathematics at Florida State University. The textbook, “First Semester in Numerical Analysis with Julia,” was published thanks to an Alternative Textbook Grant Ökten received from FSU Libraries in 2018 to help create an open textbook based on his lectures…”





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