ATG News & Announcements 4/5/16

library-circular*Ithaka S+R releases Faculty Survey 2015;    *British Library Updated List of Digitised Manuscripts’ Hyperlinks;    *Wikimedia Sweden Found Guilty of Breaking Copyright Law;   *Total Boox & Tocker Foundation Bring Ebooks to Rural Communities in Texas;   *YBP welcomes Ambassador Book Services library customers;    *Springer’s new online initiative highlights research that addresses today’s pressing global issues;    *Elsevier adds more than 14,000 geologic maps from leading SEG journals to its Geofacets platform;  and  *NLM awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library cooperative agreements;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

“Ithaka S+R’s survey of US faculty members has been fielded regularly since 2000. This project provides a periodic snapshot of practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage. The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly…”

See also infoDOCKET’s coverage.

The British Library has posted “an updated list of all the early and medieval manuscripts digitised in full by the British Library. Every quarter, we try to publish a list of all the medieval manuscripts uploaded to the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. The most recent list can be found here: Download List of Digitised BL AMEMM Manuscripts by Shelfmark, March 2016...

According to infoDOCKET “Sweden’s highest court on Monday found Wikimedia Sweden guilty of violating copyright laws by providing free access to its database of artwork photographs without the artists’ consent.

The Visual Copyright Society in Sweden (BUS), which represents painters, photographers, illustrators and designers among others, had sued Wikimedia Sweden for making photographs of their artwork displayed in public places available in its database, without their consent…”

No Shelf Required reports thatTotal Boox, an ebook service for readers and libraries, and the Tocker Foundation (TF), a non-profit supporting small libraries in Texas, have just announced a groundbreaking partnership: to make Total Boox’ collection of nearly 100,000 ebooks available to 20 small and rural libraries in the state. According to the press release, the long-term goal of the pilot is to empower rural libraries to serve their communities as effectively as large urban libraries and for other small and rural libraries around the country to follow suit…”


YBP and Ambassador are working closely together to transition Ambassador library customers over to YBP’s systems and services… To avoid any interruption of service, your YBP representative will be in touch shortly to assist with the transition of your Ambassador library account to YBP. In order to ensure that your service level is maintained, existing YBP customers need only transition their Ambassador library ordering/services to their existing YBP account.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Springer, … has announced the launch of a new online initiative called Change the World, One Article at a Time: Must-Read Articles from 2015. The initiative focuses on articles published in 2015 in Springer journals which deal with some of the world’s most urgent challenges, especially in the fields of energy, food, water, climate, social equality and health.

In addition KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Elsevier has announced that thousands of maps sourced from Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) journals are now available in Geofacets, its online geoscience solution. With the addition of more than 14,000 SEG maps that are easily discoverable, Geofacets provides exploration teams with an expanded range of essential geoscience information required for making accurate subsurface interpretations, increasing confidence and reducing risk associated with assessing new prospects and potential development opportunities.

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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