ATG News & Announcements 3/16/16

digital-file000898499863*NA Publishing to Release Publishers Weekly Digital Archive;   *FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle;   *Is Scientific Publishing About to Be Disrupted? ASAPbio, Briefly Explained;     *NY Times: “Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet”;  *FirstSearch will continue to be offered as a separate service;   *Gale grows Digital Archive Program;     *New Print Technologies Help Art Books Survive in a Digital World;    *Savikas Out at Safari, Amid Reports of Layoffs;   *LLMC Completes Digitization of New York State Legislative Journals;   *ORCID DE project to foster ORCID adoption in Germany;  and  *CCC announces findings from global RightFind roundtable discussions; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to this press release “NA Publishing Inc. is partnering with Publishers Weekly to provide their entire magazine archive online to researchers worldwide. Continuously published since 1872, Publishers Weekly has consistently been the authoritative source for U.S. publishing industry news and book reviews, with ongoing coverage of the British book trade throughout its history. A high-resolution, full-color, fully searchable collection, Publishers Weekly Digital Archive will contain every page of the journal ever published, including not only industry leading articles and book reviews, but all advertisements, illustrations, covers, supplementary indexes, and more…”

District Dispatch reports thatIt’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House signing ceremony…”

According the the Chronicle of Higher Education “a group of biologists gathered last month outside Washington, D.C., for a conference that could help spur change in how the discipline publishes its work. United under the name ASAPbio, attendees discussed how they might upend the traditional publishing structure in the interest of speeding up scientific discovery and making scholarship more publicly accessible.

The New York Times published an article about ASAPbio on Tuesday, effectively lending it more visibility…

infoDOCKET also notes a NY Times post that reports “on Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly accessible website, bioRxiv, before submitting it to a scholarly journal to review for “official’’ publication…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “A new version of FirstSearch will deliver the full-featured searching of Worldcat valued by FirstSearch users today. A new version of FirstSearch will deliver the full-featured searching of Worldcat valued by FirstSearch users today…”

Library Technology Guides also notes that Gale has “announced the expansion and rebranding of its digital archive program. The new Gale Primary Sources program will increase both product volume and multicultural content to support new disciplines and research needs in the areas of digital humanities and text and data mining…”

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According to BookBusiness a NY Times article notes that  “even in this era of all things digital, big institutions like the Getty in Los Angeles and more regional ones, like the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, continue to produce new printed art books at an impressive rate…”


BookBusiness reports that “the technology blog The Digital Reader has reported that “massive layoffs” have hit Safari Books Online, a digital subscription service specializing in technical and business content. According to the report, the company’s CEO Andrew Savikas is among those who have been cut…”

According to this press release “LLMC, through its partnership with CRL, recently completed the digitization of the full set of historical New York state Senate and Assembly Journals. This further expands the LLMC-Digital collection of U.S. state and Canadian provincial legislative journals begun as a targeted initiative four years ago.

LLMC’s coverage for New York now extends as far back as 1695 with the Journal of the House of Representatives for His Majestie’s Province of New York in America. New York becomes the 38th state for which LLMC has digitized serial runs from CRL’s collection of House and Senate Journals…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports thatORCID DE – Promotion of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID in Germany’, a three-year project, was launched in February 2016 with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), to support ORCID adoption in Germany. The goal of the ORCID DE project is to support German universities and research institutions that are considering implementing ORCID to do so in a coordinated and sustainable approach, and the project will address organisational, technical, and legal issues alike…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeakCopyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) recently brought together global information professionals from life science and other industries in Boston and Basel, Switzerland. The two roundtable discussions centered on helping researchers gain easier access to mission-critical content for competitive advantage, creating more flexible licensing models, the impact of Open Access, the increasingly collaborative nature of online research, and challenges to universal resource access, including authentication through proxies and gateways…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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