ATG News & Announcements 6/12/20

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MIT, guided by open access principles, ends Elsevier negotiations

MIT News reports that “standing by its commitment to provide equitable and open access to scholarship, MIT has ended negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract. Elsevier was not able to present a proposal that aligned with the principles of the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts…”

Temporary National Emergency Library to close 2 weeks early, returning to traditional controlled digital lending

According to the Internet Archive Blog ” Today we are announcing the National Emergency Library will close on June 16th, rather than June 30th, returning to traditional controlled digital lending. We have learned that the vast majority of people use digitized books on the Internet Archive for a very short time. Even with the closure of the NEL, we will be able to serve most patrons through controlled digital lending, in part because of the good work of the non-profit HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust’s new Emergency Temporary Access Service features a short-term access model that we plan to follow…”

C&RL News – June 2020

The June 2020 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online and includes ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee “Top trends in academic libraries.” “The 2020 edition discusses change management; evolving integrated library systems; learning analytics; machine learning and AI; the state of open access and research data services; social justice, critical librarianship, and critical digital pedagogy; streaming media; and student wellbeing…”

LYRASIS Creates New Research and Innovation Division

According to this press release “LYRASIS is pleased to announce the creation of a new Research and Innovation Division. Led by Erin Tripp, the new division focuses on convening leaders, stewarding ideation, accelerating innovation by testing and piloting new programs, and mapping the knowledge community ecosystem. It will have a strong role in shaping the strategy of the broader organization…”

Jisc survey: Barriers to OA for Small and Medium Publishers (SMPs)

Jisc are asking small and medium sized publishers to participate in a survey consulting on the barriers to Open Access for Small and Medium Publishers (SMPs). The survey is asking SMPs to partake and provide feedback about the impact of Plan S and the transition to open access to their organisations…

The survey link is here – The survey deadline is Wednesday 1st July 9am CET time…”

OUP and CUP publish report on the use of monographs in a digital environment

UKSG eNews notes that “OUP and CUP have collaborated to publish new report Researcher’s perspectives on the purpose and value of the monograph: Using and engaging with monographs in a digital environment.

Following the report we jointly undertook last year, this new report uses the original survey results to better understand what readers and researchers need from digital monographs in light of the immediate shift to remote learning and research driven by the global coronavirus pandemic…”

Ebook Revenue increased by 10% in April

According to Good eReader “during the first full month of the lockdown, US ebook revenues jumped 10.7% as compared to April 2019 for a total of $92.9 million, bucking a long-standing trend of monthly declines. On a year-to-date basis, eBooks declined 1.1%, coming in at $325.1 million for the first four months of 2020…”


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