ATG News & Announcements 8/13/16

news - worldARL Makes SPEC Kits Open Access Online;  *Open Ebooks Coming to Project MUSE: An Interview with Wendy Queen;   *Workshop on Planning a Digital Scholarship Center — News from the CNI;  *OpenAire Continues to Expand With Data From Many New Contributors (Repositories, Publishers, and Aggregators);  *Barnes & Noble Education Extends Relationship with OpenStax; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has opened up access to all SPEC Kits on the ARL Digital Publications platform for all users. This change demonstrates the value that the Association and its members place on free and open access to information…

Here is a post from the Scholarly Kitchen that offers the views of Project MUSE’s director Wendy Queen about how Project Muse “is developing its ability to host and distribute open access (OA) ebooks. This initiative, called MUSE Open, is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with more than $900,000 in funding…”

In a recent email from CNI’s Joan Lippncott she notes that “in May, CNI and ARL co-sponsored a workshop on Planning a Digital Scholarship Center. The report of that workshop is now available at

See also: Report on Planning a Digital Scholarship Center: A CNI-ARL Workshop

(CNI also has “additional resources related to digital scholarship centers, including institutional responses to the pre-workshop assignment, readings, and links to the workshop presentations at“)

infoDOCKET reports that “The OpenAIRE information space continues its regular and considerable growth. The OpenAIRE portal now includes almost 18 million records, over 16 million Open Access publications and 23629 datasets from 760 compatible data providers…”

According to Book Business Barnes & Noble has “announced it will extend its current relationship with OpenStax, a Rice University-based nonprofit that makes college more accessible for students. Together, the companies will provide greater access to quality, cost-effective course materials and advanced digital solutions…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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