According to ACRL Insider “… The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2020 ACRL Legislative Agenda.
The 2020 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on four issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: Federal Funding for Libraries, Net Neutrality, Affordable College Textbook Act, and Consumer Data Privacy. The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians but where there is no pending legislation…”
ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release Third Installment of Landscape Report on Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies
ARL News reports that “The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE released today the third part of a report by Sarah Lippincott, Mapping the Current Landscape of Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning, that will be published in its entirety by late spring 2020. This installment explores how research libraries facilitate information discovery and use in the current, rapidly changing landscape…”
infoDOCKET has posted excerpts “from a guest Blog Post by Charles Watkinson (Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of University of Michigan Press) via Digital Science. that reports in response to the COCID-19 crisis “more than 80 members of the Association of University Presses have opened up a wide variety of their books (as well as journals) since early March…”
Here is the complete post: State of Open Monographs Series: Opening Monographs in an Age of COVID-19
Also according to infoDOCKET “… the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched a joint effort to support the development of search engines for research that will help in the fight against COVID-19. The project was developed in response to the March 16 White House Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset.
The April 2020 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. (Editor’s note: Production of the April issue was completed prior to the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.)
Springer Nature partners with Research Solutions to bring comprehensive journal and book content to small and medium-sized enterprises
According to Library technology Guides “In partnership with the document retrieval provider Reprints Desk, Springer Nature has developed a way for SMEs to access all of Springer Nature’s journal and book content. The partnership with Reprints Desk, a wholly owned subsidiary of Research Solutions Inc., will allow researchers working for SMEs to benefit from influential content that will empower them to drive research and discovery, and stay ahead of competition…”
infoDOCKET also notes that the Library of Congress has announced their “annual release of digitized recordings to the online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature collection, and today’s your lucky day: We’re over the moon to announce that we’ve just added 50 newly streaming recordings for your listening pleasure…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak “Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has welcomed the new guidance from cOAlition S on transformative arrangements for Journals. cOAlition S have clearly listened to feedback from the community. The global publisher notes that it is encouraging to see more feasible conditions in the revised guidance, particularly that the threshold for converting journals to a full OA model has been increased in line with this feedback…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
Emerald Publishing displays Altmetric data to enhance user experience and boost internal communications
Radio Interview: “Keeping the Lights on at the Library of Congress” (Interview with LC’s April Slayton)
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He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.