ATG News & Announcements 4/2/20

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Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2019

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…”

Bertelsmann Now Owns 100% of PRH

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…”

PLOS Open Access Agreement Goes Live

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.

Cambridge University Press Officially Launches “Cambridge Open Engage”

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…”

Library Partnerships in International Liberal Arts Education

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…”


COVID-19 NEWS: OCLC Launches Resource Page for Libraries
COVID-19: Reports From the Congressional Research Service and Legislative Research Organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK
Coronavirus Updates: ProQuest Opens Access to Coronavirus Research Database
Springer Nature makes key textbooks freely accessible for educators, students and academics affected by coronavirus lockdown
Future Uncertain for America’s Oldest Independent Bookstore
International Booker Prize Shortlist Announced
Print Units Fell 9% Last Week
Softlink Information Centres releases Liberty v5 Build 8.035 and Liberty Link 1.5

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