ATG News You Need to Start the Week 1/27/20

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ALA Midwinter 2020: Macmillan CEO John Sargent, Librarians Spar Over E-book Embargo

According to Publishers Weekly “In a 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” session, Macmillan CEO John Sargent met with librarians at the ALA Midwinter Meeting to hear feedback and to defend the publisher’s controversial eight-week embargo on new release e-books in libraries. And despite palpable tension in the room, there was little news, no real surprises, and the meeting came off pretty much as expected…”

Elsevier Begins Providing Free Access to Research on Coronavirus

According to infoDOCKET “For the benefit of healthcare professionals, medical researchers and the public, Elsevier has created a Novel Coronavirus Information Center with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV…”

2020 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Recipients Announced

ACRL Insider notes that “ACRL announces the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Nevada State College Marydean Martin Library, Henderson, Nevada; Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries, Santa Rosa, California; and the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Maryland. Sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, the award recognizes the staff of a college, community college, and university library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution…”

Revised NISO Open Discovery Initiative Recommended Practice now available for public comment

Library Technology Guides reports that “the NISO Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee invites feedback on proposed revisions to its Recommended Practice, originally published in 2014 as NISO RP-19-2014 Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and others who are interested in how content is included in discovery systems are encouraged to share their comments by March 9, 2020…”

Portico Archive Grew 8.4%, to 1.78 Billion Files in 2019

infoDOCKET also reports that “in 2019, the archive grew by 8.4%, to 1.78 billion files being preserved across journals, ebooks, and digital collections. View a snapshot of the growth in content, participation, trigger events, and usage.

“To date, we have triggered 125 titles that became unavailable through the publisher or another online source; this content is now available through the Portico archive..”.

Russian journals retract more than 800 papers after ‘bombshell’ investigation [Science]

Science reports that “academic journals in Russia are retracting more than 800 papers following a probe into unethical publication practices by a commission appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The moves come in the wake of several other queries suggesting the vast Russian scientific literature is riddled with plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and so-called gift authorship, in which academics become a co-author without having contributed any work.


John E. Ulmschneider Named 2020 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

ALA Midwinter 2020: In Stirring Keynote, Wes Moore Talks About the Scourge of Poverty in America

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019 According to New Findings From Gallup

LibQUAL+ Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2020—Apply by February 28

January 22, 2020 CMU Joins Universities in Open Access Deal with ACM

Record Number of Readers Turn to Public Libraries for Digital Books

University of Nevada, Reno, selects Ex Libris Alma platform and Primo discovery solution to simplify library systems and streamline processes

California State University, Sacramento, selects Ex Libris Esploro to advance research and highlight academic activity

Marist College Chooses Ex Libris RapidILL Resource Sharing

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