ATG News & Announcement 10/9/15

newspaper-154444_1280*Knowledge Unlatched Launches Round 2 Collection;  *Loop and ORCID collaborate to link and synchronize researcher profile information;  *SAGE acquires ten journals from Manchester University Press;   *EBSCO Information Services and NoveList announce sponsorship agreement with Zepheira;   *Association of American Publishers Reports Book Sales Statistics For First Half of 2015;  *International Tracing Service Posts Online Archive of 50,000 Nazi Persecution Documents;  *DPLA Publishes Self-Guided Curriculum for Digitization;   *MLA Receives $225,000 Mellon Grant to Expand MLA Commons:  *MUSE Welcomes Two More Book Publishers for 2016;  *YBP and EBSCO Information Services increase collaboration with the Irish Academic Community;  *Ringgold Adds New Classification System to Its Identify Database; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The JISC Collections website reports that “Following on from its highly successful Pilot concluded last year where 28 Humanities and Social Sciences books were made available open access, Knowledge Unlatched (KU) has announced the launch of its second collection.

If at least 300 libraries from around the world pledge their commitment by 31 January 2016, 78 new Humanities and Social Sciences books from 26 recognised publishers will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Loop, the research network created by Frontiers, has collaborated with ORCID to link and synchronize researcher profile information. Officially launched in January 2015, the Loop research network seamlessly plugs into the environments of researchers, their universities and on published articles via a range of free plugins and badges. The result is a universal academic profile that follows authors into their online academic environments, increasing the discoverability of their published work by their peers.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Academic publisher SAGE has announced an agreement with Manchester University Press to transfer ten of their journals to SAGE. The acquisition follows an earlier agreement to acquire two titles last year. Manchester University Press (MUP) is the fourth largest university press in the UK. The Press publishes scholarly books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with many prize-winning authors from around the world…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “as libraries look to expose their collections to patrons who use standard search engines, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and its NoveList division are working with Zepheira to determine how to help libraries make the transition. NoveList will sponsor The Libhub Initiative, founded by Zepheira. The goal of the initiative is to increase the visibility of libraries…”

Publishers’ book sales for the first half of the year (Jan. –  June 2015) were down 4.1% at $5.58 billion compared to $5.82 billion for the first six months in 2014. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction/religious, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses). Publishers net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers.

infoDOCKET reports that a small part of archives of the International Tracing Service about former victims of Nazi persecution… “can now be viewed in a new online archive. The ITS has published three collections in an initial step: photos of personal objects that were taken from the prisoners in the concentration camps are included in this. Also available are a chosen collection on the death marches as well as files from the Child Search Branch from the time immediately following the liberation…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “through the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), DPLA has been working with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainability with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that the Modern Language Association (MLA) has received “a generous $225,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the association’s scholarly communication platform, MLA Commons.

With support from the Mellon Foundation, the MLA will create Humanities Commons, a federated open-source network of sites that will link the MLA to other humanities societies to further interdisciplinary collaboration…”

According to this press release “Project Muse has announced “that two more publishers will be contributing books to the 2016 MUSE/UPCC collections. University of British Columbia (UBC) Press and SEAP Publications, Southeast Asia Program (Cornell University) join the two previously announced Presses, Cubanabooks and University of Utah Press, that will be offering books next year on MUSE…”

According to Library Technology Guides “YBP Library Services and EBSCO Information Services will be working more closely with academic institutions in Ireland after agreeing to new contracts to supply e-books and journals. The tenders were issued and managed by Education Procurement Services over the last few months…”

According to Information Today  “Ringgold introduced a new classification system to expand the descriptive metadata for records in its Identify Database. The company consulted with its customers about how they classify their records, and it developed a schema for nine new classifications for organizations that will enhance the existing ones: economic model, governance, reach, mission, granular subjects, self-description, fixed hierarchy level, activity status, and number of sites…”

Information Today also notes that Springer has introducedOnline Learning Language, a new set of licensing terms for its ebooks and journals on noncommercial, educational platforms—including massive open online course (MOOC) platforms, learning management systems, and in-house platforms. Institutions in most parts of the world that purchase Springer’s frontlist content can opt in to Online Learning Language in order to embed up to 30 specialized links into their ebook chapters (back to 2005) and journal articles (back to 1997) at no additional cost…”


More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.


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