ATG News You Need to Start the Week 3/16/20

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Coronavirus: International Publishers Make COVID-19 Research Content Freely Available

Confirming what ATG contributor, Nancy Herther just reported, Publishing Perspectives notes that “research houses and scholarly publishers and associations are pooling COVID-19 content for free professional and public access.”


Cancellation announcement: 2020 NC Serials Conference

In response to the COVID-19 precautions and UNC system policies, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the NC Serials Conference on Friday, March 27, 2020. We will move ahead with issuing refunds to registrants and sponsors. For questions about refunds, notify Anthony Philpott. NCCU SLIS will aim to process refunds over the course of the next 3 weeks. Please be patient as we work through this process. For those who paid via check, a refund check will be sent in the mail. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 NC Serials Conference next spring. 


How Do We Read? Let’s Count The Ways: Comparing Digital, Audio, and Print-Only Readers; New Report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

infoDOCKET the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a report that “analyzes data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), which the National Endowment for the Arts conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives a statistical overview of how the nation’s adults engage with leisure reading and other literary activities, such as author readings, book clubs, and creative writing…”


Congratulations to Alison Macrina, winner of the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

According to the LITA Blog The LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee is pleased to select Alison Macrina as the 2020 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award. Macrina led the Tor Relay Initiative in New Hampshire, is the founder and executive director of the Library Freedom Project, and has written and taught extensively in the areas of digital privacy, surveillance, and user anonymity in the context of libraries and librarianship…”


Open Learning For Uncertain Times

ACRL Insider notes that “whether you are working on campus or supporting your community remotely, ACRL has a variety of easily accessible options for free online professional development to help you build your skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. And make sure to visit the ALA Pandemic Preparedness page for more resources on COVID-19…”


Warren Lecture Series. Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota “Plagiarism, Plagiarisma, Plagiarmania” – Available

In this video, attorney and librarian Nancy Sims explores some of the tensions inherent in academic understandings of credit and plagiarism…”


The United Kingdom is getting rid of Tax on ebooks

Good e-Reader reports that “The UK has just passed a resolution that will eliminate all VAT on ebooks and digital newspapers on December 1st 2020. The old 20% tax on these types of content will be completely abolished, but for some reason audiobooks will still be charged the old tax rate. Physical books and periodicals have been exempt for a very long time.


National Library of Medicine Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is honored to announce its acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Louis W. Sullivan is an African American physician who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was first established as an Office under the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010…”

MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES

Wikimedia Tells Court It Doesn’t Infringe Predictive Text (via Bloomberg Law)
PLOS Endorses Open Pharma Position Statement on Open Access
Australian Associated Press Will Cease Operations in June
CCC Is Holding Digital-Only Programs in the Wake of London Book Fair Cancellation
These are the best e-readers that have regular firmware updates
ACM Introduces Multidisciplinary Internet of Things Publication
The Scismic Automated Recruiting Platform Joins Digital Science

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