ATG News & Announcements 3/19/20

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Free access to e-resources during the COVID-19 closure of universities and research institutes

The above link goes to a document that is trying to keep track of as many of the free e-resource offerings as possible.

Covid-19 Updates: Special Offers and Discounts

Publishers Weekly is maintaining a listing of special offers and discounts provided in an effort to mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus on the book publishing industry and on related communities. Please email their news team with updates or questions…”

Macmillan Ends Library Ebook Embargo

Library Journal reports that “Macmillan yesterday announced that it would discontinue its embargo period, which had prohibited libraries from purchasing ebook licenses for newly published titles for eight weeks. In a short letter addressed to “librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents” on March 17, Macmillan CEO John Sargent suggested that the publisher’s decision was partly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on libraries—many of which have been forced to close and emphasize resources accessible offsite, such as ebooks and streaming media…”

Compilation of ‘free’ streaming videos available during the COVID-19 pandemic is available

ATG contributor Nancy Herther reports that “Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley has created an excellent compilation of ‘free’ streaming videos available during our COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the link above to view.

Macmillan Cancels Its Ebook Embargo; ALA Responds

In addition to announcing that Macmillan had abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, Publishers Weekly also notes that “ALA’s director of public policy and government relations, Alan Inouye, issued a statement: “Equitable access to digital content is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances. Macmillan’s return to its original lending terms signals a new starting point for all publishers to consider how they can work with libraries to ensure—and expand— access for all readers. ALA looks forward to working with publishers to make that happen.”

Michigan State University Gets 25,000-Piece Rock and Roll History Collection

According to infoDOCKET, a treasure trove of “posters, handbills, band photos, protest buttons, recordings and underground newspapers” documenting rock and Roll history … “will soon be available at Michigan State University Libraries, which recently acquired a 25,000-piece archive of 1960s – 1970s rock and roll history rooted in Michigan …”


Public Library of Science (PLOS): “A Message to Our Community Regarding COVID-19”
American Chemical Society (ACS) Signs Innovative North American Open Access Agreement with MIT
Adam Matthew Publishes Digital Archive on Victorian Britain
LibraryThing Is Now Free to All
Scribd is giving away 1 month of unlimited access for free
National Book Critics Circle Announces 2019 Award Winners
Reference: Industry Help For Booksellers
Reference: Supporting Booksellers In These Dark Times
British Book Awards: Ceremony Postponed, Some Winners Announced
Wiley Acquires Madgex to Expand Career Center Services
ABA Donates $100K to BINC, Offers Strong Support
Half Price Books Closes All 126 Stores Temporarily

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