ATG News & Announcements 6/14/16

Network_neutrality_symbol_english.svgCourt upholds net neutrality rules for Internet access;   *European Research Libraries Respond to EC Consultation on Publishers’ Role in the Copyright Value Chain;   *Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2017: Deadline July 15, 2016;    *Thomson Reuters unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals;   *Innovative Interfaces collaborates with YBP Library Services for GOBI integration;    *University of Texas Acquires Raja Rao’s Archive;  and  *TED-Ed Lesson on The Evolution of Books plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The LA Times reports that “a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld tough new regulations for online traffic in a major victory for President Obama and a blow to telecommunications companies, which challenged the net neutrality rules.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

The rules prohibit broadband providers from blocking, slowing or selling faster delivery of legal content flowing through their networks to consumers…”

See Also: ALA applauds decision upholding net neutrality protections

According to infoDOCKET “LIBER has responded to the EC consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain:

On behalf of the LIBER Copyright Working Group, who compiled this response, we would like to thank our LIBER members who provided invaluable feedback.

Members can also submit their own responses to the consultation which closes tomorrow, Wednesday 15 June.

Direct to Full Text of Response (25 pages; PDF)

See Also: European Commission Launches Consultation on Role of Publishers in Copyright Value Chain and ‘Panorama Exception’ (March 23, 2016)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2017 SPEC survey topics… There will be four SPEC surveys in 2017. Criteria for selecting a 2017 survey topic include its currency and insightfulness; its strategic importance to managing research libraries; its relevance to an ARL focus area or an ARL program promoting diversity, inclusion, and leadership; its relevance to the initiatives emerging from ARL’s Strategic Thinking and Design process; and whether documents that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered from survey respondents…

For consideration for 2017, submit proposals online by Friday, July 15, 2016. ARL will review proposals and notify authors of topics selected for the 2017 survey cycle by August 19, 2016…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). The Journal Citation Reports provides an assessment of a journal’s standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of quantifiable, statistical information…”

According to GalleyCat “the Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of Indian author and philosopher Raja Rao.

Rao’s estate donated the archive of the late author to the humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

GalleyCat also points out a new video that “the TED-Ed team has crafted … to examine “the evolution of the book.”

The creators behind this video aimed to answer three questions: “What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages?” Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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