ATG News & Announcements 5/20/16

quill-pixabayUniversity of Florida collaborates with Elsevier to maximize visibility, impact and dissemination of research articles by UF authors;  *Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce—Application Deadline Extended to May 25;  *“RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage” Becomes an Open Access Publication;   *University of Illinois Trustees Approve Open Access Plan;   *NISO releases draft Altmetrics Recommended Practices on Data Metrics, Alternative Outputs, and Persistent Identifiers;   *Amazon to Launch More Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores;   *Standards for Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators Draft;    and a *Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2017—Deadline July 15, 2016; plus  more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) and Elsevier have embarked on a pilot project to maximise visibility, impact and dissemination of articles by UF researchers that have published in Elsevier journals. Article links and metadata will be automatically delivered to UF’s institutional repository (IR@UF) through ScienceDirect application programming interfaces (APIs) that are freely available to libraries…”

(See also: Alicia Wise Penthouse Interview for Charleston Conference 2015  in which Elsevier’s Alicia discussed this project among a number of other issues.)

According to ARL News “The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has extended the application deadline to May 25, 2016, for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives…”

rare-books-infoDOCKET notes that “ACRL announces that its special collections and cultural heritage-focused journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage became an open access publication beginning with its Spring 2016 30th anniversary issue.

This change in access policy lifts the online version of the publication’s current year embargo on new content and…”


Also according to infoDOCKET “the University of Illinois trustees have approved a plan to provide open access to research published by university faculty and others.

The vote Thursday comes three years after the passage of a 2013 state law requiring public universities to make their research available to the public…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “The National Information Standards Organization seeks comments on three draft documents related to Altmetrics: NISO RP-25-201x-2A, Alternative Outputs in Scholarly Communications: Data Metrics; NISO RP-25-201x-2B, Persistent Identifiers in Scholarly Communications; and NISO RP-25-201x-2C, Alternative Outputs in Scholarly Communications…”

GalleyCat reports that ” Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, confirmed that the company will launch more brick-and-mortar bookstores in the future.

According to The Seattle Times, Bezos gave this statement about this venture during a recent shareholders meeting: “It’s an experiment. We’re definitely going to open additional stores.  The Independent reports that Bezos did not state the number of stores that are currently in-the-works, the potential locations, or opening dates….”

(See also: ATG Newschannel Original: Amazon’s Move to Brick & Mortar—Is the Ecommerce Giant Giving Us a View to the Future?)

ACRL Insider reports that  “ACRL is seeking comments on a draft of the new Standards for Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval. Please review the draft standards on the ACRL website (PDF) and submit your comments to Task Force Chair Mark Emmons at by June 1, 2016…”

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2017 SPEC survey topics. For more than 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

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