ATG News You Need to Start the Week 3/30/20

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Survey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responses

The Illinois News Bureau reports that “An online survey is tracking the responses of academic libraries to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing data on their actions in real time. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, the coordinator for information literacy services and instruction and a professor in the University Library, developed the survey with a colleague. Hinchliffe said the data will help institutions make decisions about access to libraries during the pandemic…”

Barnes and Noble closes over 400 bookstores

GoodEReader reports that “Barnes and Noble currently operates around 620 bookstores in the United States and they have just shuttered 400 of them, or 65% of all stores. The company is still delivering online orders to the curb or outside of your apartment. Although delivery times might be slower, because many of their fulfillment centers have closed or are tremendously understaffed…”

Library of Congress Expands Its Collection of Open Access eBooks

According to Digital Reader “the Library of Congress published a post this past week highlighting their growing collection of open access ebooks. For example, you can now directly access books such as Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks, and Youjeong Oh’s Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place from the Library of Congress website. … All of these books have been made broadly available online in keeping with the intent of their creators and publishers, which chose to publish these works under open access licenses…”

Free Access to Streaming Audio and Video From the Folger Shakespeare Library

infoDOCKET reports that “In support of learning and enjoyment, the Folger is sharing resources for watching and listening to Shakespeare’s plays, together with our publishing partner Simon & Schuster Audio…”

“Toronto Public Library Lends 3D Printers to Support COVID-19 Medical Efforts”

infoDOCKET also notes that the “Toronto Public Library (TPL) is providing 10 of the library’s Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers for loan to a team at Toronto General Hospital to support their efforts to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wolters Kluwer supports clinicians fighting COVID-19 pandemic with new global interactive map using UpToDate

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Wolters Kluwer, Health is supporting clinicians on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic with additional evidence-based resources in UpToDate® and a new interactive COVID-19 search intensity map. The map helps clinicians and public health agencies track the virus and may support clinicians in gaining predictive insights on reported cases based on clinical search activity from 1.9 million clinicians at the point of care…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports these developments related to COVID-19:


ARL Urges Publishers to Maximize Access to Digital Content during COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors Protest Internet Archive Pirating Their Books

Around ACRL: March 27, 2020 Available

SirsiDynix Announces Free Self-Paced and Live Training Sessions for all SirsiDynix Libraries

National Library of Medicine (NLM) is Beginning the Migration Process From Voyager ILS to Alma LSP from Ex Libris

Ex Libris provides free access to coronavirus– related research funding and news

Annual Responsible Business report provides insight into how Springer Nature is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and addressing material issues

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