Ithaka S+R has just released their Library Directors Survey tracking “the changing strategic directions and priorities of the deans and directors of academic libraries. The data are gathered during a relatively brief window of approximately four weeks. In the case of this most recent survey cycle, that moment in time was the fall of 2019, well before any of us had heard of COVID-19…”
Publishers Weekly reports that “Bertelsmann has completed the acquisition of Pearson’s remaining 25% stake in Penguin Random House, making it the sole owner of the world’s largest trade publisher. The sale, which was announced last December, is valued at approximately $675 million…”
In February, the University of California announced that it had signed an agreement with the open access publisher, PLOS, to make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in PLOS’ journals. We’re pleased to let you know that this agreement is in effect as of April 1!
Starting April 1, 2020, all manuscripts submitted for publication in a PLOS journal with a corresponding author from any of the ten UC campuses, UCOP, or Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are eligible for funding assistance from the UC Libraries.
infoDOCKET reports that “Cambridge Open Engage, the early and open content and collaboration platform from Cambridge University Press, has officially launched and is now open to direct submissions from researchers…”
Broadband Access in the U.S. During COVID-19, New Data Dashboard From the NCTA (The Internet & Television Association)
Also according to infoDOCKET “The trade association representing large cable companies has developed the NCTA COVID-19 dashboard, which uses data submitted by large cable operators to track network activity during the pandemic… The new NCTA COVID-19 dashboard currently aggregates network performance data from Charter, Comcast, Cox, GCI, Midco, and Vyve…”
ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL announces the publication of Library Partnerships in International Liberal Arts Education: Building Relationships Across Cultural and Institutional Lines, edited by Jeff Hiroshi Gima and Kara Malenfant. This unique publication explores effective practices, collaborations, and ideas for the future being developed by librarians, library staff, and faculty at international, American-modeled institutions…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
COVID-19: Reports From the Congressional Research Service and Legislative Research Organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK
Springer Nature makes key textbooks freely accessible for educators, students and academics affected by coronavirus lockdown
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
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.