ATG News You Need to Start the Week 11/30/15

media - macbook-pixabay*Project MUSE to offer Spanish-language books through UNEBOOK partnership;  *Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital; New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing;  *UK Government Commissioned Leadership for Libraries Taskforce Releases Progress Report;  *Retraction Watch and Center for Open Science Announce Partnership;  *OECD Releases “Education at a Glance 2015″ Report;  *Nature Publishing Group releases landmark white paper — Turning Point: Chinese Science in Transition;   *Research Councils launch new programme for all peer reviewers and decision-makers…;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Project MUSE is pleased to announce a partnership with UNEBOOK.ES to offer ebooks from publishers based in Spain and Latin America to the Project MUSE library market worldwide…

Project MUSE expects to launch the UNE Book Collections on MUSE in spring of 2016, with an initial offering of approximately 3,000 front and backlist titles from more than 20 UNE member presses. Access will be on the MUSE platform, with all of the same features, functionality, and library-friendly purchase terms currently offered by the UPCC Books on MUSE…”

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a link to this interview of  Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, in which she discusses the “coming transformation of academic libraries thanks to technology. She says they are taking on greater roles in creating teaching materials and scholarship — and preserving tweets as well as books…”

According to Publisher Weekly, “the newest industry report from BISG, “Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?,” found that even though over half of library patrons surveyed are aware that their local libraries carry e-books and digital audiobooks, relatively few had borrowed them in the previous year. Only 25% of patrons reported that they had borrowed an e-book within the past year, and even fewer (9%) said they had checked out a digital audiobook…

The report found the biggest impediment preventing patrons from borrowing more e-books was the lack of e-books’ availability, followed by a preference for print books…”

infoDOCKET reports that a UK government commissioned Leadership for Libraries Taskforce has released its “first six-monthly progress report sets out how the Taskforce has delivered specific actions against these priorities through the individual and collective input of its members…

Read the Complete Report: Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015

infoDOCKET also reports thatthe Center for Open Science (COS) and The Center For Scientific Integrity (CSI), the parent organization of Retraction Watch, announce a technology partnership to collaborate on creating a database of retractions on the Open Science Framework.

The partnership supports each group’s mission to increase transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that Education at a Glance 2015 is now available and “reveals the rapid progress made in expanding education over the past 25 years, with around 41% of 25-34 year-olds now having a tertiary qualification. But inequalities still persist in education, with serious consequences for labour markets and economies. In 2014, less than 60% of adults without an upper secondary education were in work, compared to over 80% of tertiary-educated adults.

The full text of the report is available (free) to read (only) online. (The report is also available for purchase or via the OECD Digital Library.)

According to  EurekAlert Nature Publishing Group (NPG), part of Springer Nature, recently released “Turning Point: Chinese Science in Transition, a White Paper which takes the pulse of China’s scientific research at a critical time in its development. It is the first report of its kind to be undertaken in China by a global publisher, drawing on quantitative and qualitative data NPG has recently gathered through interviewing and surveying more than 1,700 leading Chinese researchers…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “The Research Councils (UK) have launched a new programme for all peer reviewers and decision-makers, to raise awareness and reduce the impact of unconscious bias.

Over a period of three years, beginning in January 2016, more than 1,300 people involved in peer review from all seven Research Councils will be given access to high quality training designed and developed by the Research Councils and the consultants Pearn Kandola ( Together, they will translate this training into an online application and make it available to geographically dispersed peer reviewers…”

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More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


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