ATG News & Announcements 6/26/20

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EFF and Durie Tangri Join Forces to Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library

According to this press release “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is joining forces with the law firm of Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit that threatens their Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program, which helps people all over the world check out digital copies of books owned by the Archive and its partner libraries…”

Citing COVID-19, EBSCO lays off just under 5% of its workforce

According to the Ipswich Local News “In what CEO Tim Collins called the hardest day of his career, the town’s (Ipswich, MA) largest employer has laid off around 150 people worldwide.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been wide-reaching and continues to take its toll on our lives and the economy,” EBSCO Information Services (EIS) said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. 

The company employs 3,000 worldwide, and the layoffs represent “less than five percent of our workforce,” the company said…”

BioOne partners with The Wikipedia Library to enhance public science literacy

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “non-profit scientific publisher BioOne has announced a partnership with The Wikipedia Library, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, to offer Wikipedia’s volunteer editing community free access to BioOne Complete. This access provides authoritative references for relevant Wikipedia content that will enhance effective research by those who create and update articles on Wikipedia in the biological, environmental, and ecological sciences. BioOne joins more than 60 other publishing partners that contribute essential peer-reviewed resources to the Wikipedia Library...”

Winners of 2019 Federal Library/Information Centers of the Year & 2019 Federal Librarian of the Year Announced

infoDOCKET reports that “The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public…”

ARL and CARL Form Joint Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

ARL News reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Policy Committee today announce the launch of a joint ARL-CARL Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation. The task force will be charged with identifying and recommending the resources needed to implement the terms of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled…”

Donations: A Rare Book Collection Worth $6.2 Million Coming to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries; Collection Will Be Available Online

infoDOCKET reports that ” Florence Fearrington ’58, one of the preeminent female rare book collectors of our time and a longtime supporter of UNC-Chapel Hill, has donated nearly 4,000 books and objects valued at $6.2 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries, where they will become part of the Wilson Special Collections Library...”

EBSCO Information Services Develops Free Tool to Assist Librarians with COUNTER R5 Reports

According to Library Technology GuidesEBSCO Information Services has developed a new resource to make harvesting COUNTER reports easier. The SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries (the R5 Harvester) is a Microsoft Access tool designed to help small to medium size consortia more easily gather COUNTER reports for their affiliated libraries…”

AAP: New Report Shows Students’ Course-Material Spend Still Sliding

Publishing Perspectives reports that “amid a boom of options in formats and distribution of course-material options, a third of students’ spending on publishers’ content in the sector has evaporated in the past six years, per a new report…”


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