According to the NASIG Blog “the NASIG Executive Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 35th Annual NASIG Conference due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The possible risks to the health and safety of our members, as well as the current environment of travel restrictions, have made it impossible to proceed with the meeting as scheduled.
NASIG will plan to offer an online conference this summer. The board is still exploring the best format for this event, and we will be in contact with our speakers, sponsors, and the broader membership in the coming weeks with more information…”
Survey of Academic Library Response to the Coronavirus Epidemic, April 2020 (ISBN No:978-1-57440-633-7 ) – freely available until May 15th.
This report is available from the Primary Research Group “as a free PDF download until May 15th, 2020. The 62-page study presents detailed data from a survey of 70 academic library directors and deans in North America; the surveying was done in the fourth week of March, 2020. To get your free PDF, email firstname.lastname@example.org and do not go through the web ordering system.
Library Technology Guides notes that “a new report published by Springer Nature indicates that a better understanding of the sources of funding for article processing charges could accelerate the transition to open access (OA) publishing. APCs in the wild refer to those APCs that are funded from sources that cannot easily be identified or tracked, in other words, those funding streams that fall outside of centrally managed library or institution budgets. The whitepaper draws on data from a survey of over 1000 Springer Nature authors, as well as 16 interviews with representatives from institutions…”
infoDOCKET cites a post from Europeana in which they announce that with “cultural heritage institutions across the world temporarily shut due to COVID-19, … in this post we highlight resources, tools and ideas from Europeana and cultural heritage institutions around the world which offer creative ways to share cultural heritage online…”
IFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19; ALA, Creative Commons Among Growing List SignatoriesIFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19; ALA, Creative Commons Among Growing List Signatories
infoDOCKET also notes that IFLA has announced that “faced with the urgent need to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequences, it is vital to ensure that intellectual property laws and practices do not become a blockage. IFLA, working with its partners, has led in drafting an open letter – already signed by over 140 organisations and individuals – to the Director General of WIPO to underline this point and call for action…”
ARL: “Digitization in an Emergency: Fair Use/Fair Dealing and How Libraries Are Adapting to the Pandemic”
In addition, infoDOCKET cites a post from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) commenting on the lack of access to library materials due to the coronavirus crisis that “more systemic solutions may be necessary and fully justifiable under fair use and fair dealing. This includes variants of controlled digital lending (CDL), in which books are scanned and lent in digital form, preserving the same one-to-one scarcity and time limits that would apply to lending their physical copies…”
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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.