ATG News & Announcements 10/1/16

news-ipad-pixabayCanadian medical journals hijacked for junk science;   *ACRL Comments on NSF Strategic Plan;   *Rutgers University Libraries launch open and affordable textbook project to provide relief for soaring textbook costs;  *National Library of China Launches Online Databases of Ancient Books  *ALA Rethinking Annual Conference;    *Pew: A generation gap for digital readiness;   *U-M Clements Library acquires rare, previously unknown hand-drawn map of Detroit;   *FSU researchers win grant to better serve library patrons on the autism spectrum;  *Elsevier launches Brexit Resource Centre;  and *IPA and IFLA issue joint pledge to strive for universal access to information plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to the “two of Canada’s most prestigious publishing houses for medical journals have been quietly bought up by an international publisher that is being sued by the U.S. government to stop it from printing what amounts to junk science for profit, a CTV News/Toronto Star investigation has learned.

The takeovers have sent shock waves through the medical research community and put more than a dozen journals at risk of being delisted on PubMed, the gold standard for trustworthy, peer-reviewed scholarship…”

According to ACRL Insider ACRL has “provided feedback to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in preparation for updates to its Strategic Plan. As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access and open education, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandate (mentioned in the NSF strategic plan) and the Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act and Federal Research Public Access Act bills, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “Rutgers University has become the first of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education to formally take action against the rising cost of textbooks by launching the Open and Affordable Textbook Project (OAT). The initiative includes a grant program administered by Rutgers University Libraries that will give incentives to faculty or department groups that replace a traditional textbook with a free, low-cost or open alternative…”

According to infoDOCKETThe National Library of China recently launched two online services for readers — the Basic Database of the Registered Ancient Books Surveyed Around China and the Digital Library of Chinese Ancient Books…”

ACRL Insider also reports that “the ALA Conference Committee is seeking your assistance as we rethink the ALA Annual Conference, looking at member experience, conference-based collaboration and networking, learning and sustainability…:

Digital Readiness Gaps,” a new Pew Research Center report, explores a spectrum of digital readiness, from digitally ready to unprepared. Researcher John Horrigan finds that more than half (52%) of U.S. adults may be considered “relatively hesitant” and the least likely to use digital tools for personal learning.
The research explores three dimensions of digital readiness: (1) the digital skills required to use the internet; (2) trust, namely, people’s ability to assess the trustworthiness of information found online and to protect their personal information; and (3) use, that is, the extent to which people use digital tools to complete online activities (e.g., personal learning or online courses).

According to Michigan News “a recently discovered primary-source document providing new information about Detroit’s early history is now part of the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library collection.

A framed 21-by-40-inch map that reveals a plan of the city in 1790 was discovered in a family home in Almonte, Ontario, after the owner contacted historians to check its validity…”

“Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information is spearheading Project A+ — research that aims to create strategies for academic librarians to serve patrons on the autism spectrum (ASD).

The Institute of Museum and Library Services — the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums — has awarded $400,000 to researchers from FSU’s School of Information and School of Communication Science and Disorders to study a range of academic libraries to determine what makes an “autism friendly” space…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakElsevier has launched a Brexit Resource Centre. The site provides free access to comprehensive research data, metrics and other online resources to help researchers, institutions, funders and government decision makers within and outside of the UK to monitor effects of the referendum on the UK’s research base, and support decision-making based on this data.

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the world bodies speaking for the publishing and library sectors, the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), have pledged to find mechanisms for universal access to information, and to help national and international authorities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to literacy, education and reading. In a joint statement, the first UNESCO International Day for Universal Access to Information, the IPA and the IFLA declare that access to information should be universal…”


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