ATG News & Announcements 1/20/16

start-the-week*Penguin Random House Publishers Has Just Announced It’s Scrapping Degree Requirements For Its Jobs;   *Wiley survey examines how best to support peer reviewers;   *2016 list of Notable Videos for Adults released;   *NYPL, Benetech Partner to Offer 370,000 Accessible Ebooks to Print Disabled;   *Thomson Reuters Releases “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” Report;  *Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 (Report + Data) Released by National Science Foundation; and  *OCLC Research Releases New Report on the Sustainability of Research Data Management by Libraries plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The Huffington Post reports that “one of the UK’s largest publishing companies has announced it is removing any requirement for a university degree from all of its new jobs, in order to attract “more varied” candidates.

Penguin Random House UK cited “increasing evidence that there is no simple correlation” between having a degree and work performance as the reason for its decision…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the results of a recent survey to appear in Learned Publishing highlight how the peer review process – when research is evaluated by experts before it is published – might be improved to better support reviewers who lend their time and expertise. Key findings from the study include the need for additional training and increased recognition for peer reviewer…”

ALANews reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2016 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video.  The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace. 

Library Journal reports that “The New York Public Library in December announced a new partnership with nonprofit Benetech, and the organization’s Bookshare solution, to provide print disabled patrons with access to more than 370,000 accessible ebooks through NYPL and the Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.

infoDOCKET notes that “The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, has released “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” a citation analysis identifying the scientists—as determined by their fellow researchers—who have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports the release of the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 report “a broad base of high-quality quantitative data about the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise…

Accompanying the report is the Science and Engineering Indicators Digest 2016, as well as the State Indicators data tool that enables interactive exploration of U.S. state-specific indicators in science and engineering…”

Also according to infoDOCKET a new OCLC report entitled, “If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable” has been published. It was written by Ricky Erway and Amanda Rinehart…

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More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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