ATG News & Announcements 12/31/16

Liblicense-l has completed 20 years of publication;   *Roundup of New Reference, Research, and Data Reports Available on Open Web;    *SSRN (Social Science Research Network) Top Papers of 2016;   *19 Months Later, and Google Still Hasn’t Reopened Signups in Its Play Books Publishing Portal;    * These are the most popular Library eBooks of 2016;   *Preserving History: A Look At The Queens Library Archives; and New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017 plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Liblicense-L was initiated in 1997 by Ann Shumelda Okerson, at that time Associate University Librarian at Yale University. In January 2017 it will begin its 21st year.  Benefiting from funding from “the Commission on Preservation and Access, the Council on Library Resources (both since merged into the Council on Library and Information Resources), and the Digital Library Federation, the project created unprecedented resources for professionals seeking to understand the then-emerging world of licensed scholarly resources for libraries…”


In case you missed it, infoDOCKET posted this extensive roundup of links to open access reports available to download and use for free.  While most come from U.S. sources, there are a few from international organizations and agencies.

See Also: Previous Roundup (24 Reports/Data Files)


infoDOCKET also notes that the Social Science Research Network has selected its to 10 papers of the year.


According to The Digital Reader “it has been nineteen months since Google closed its book publisher portal in Google Play Books, and the larger blogosphere is just beginning to realize that it may never reopen.


Good E-Reader notes that in “the United States over 200 million e-books were loaned out in 2015 and this figure will likely increase to over 300 million when the 2016 figures are tabulated by companies such as Overdrive and Baker & Taylor.” And for those of you who wonder what specific e-books are the most popular in your city, this post provides a graphic that shows the most popular e-books in public libraries throughout the U.S.


infoDOCKET also reports that “underground, beneath the hustle and bustle of the Queens Library’s central branch in Jamaica, Queens’ history sits protected in the Queens Library archives. The archives contain thousands of documents—maps, newspaper clippings, photos and more—that help studious researchers and curious residents alike learn more about the borough of Queens, as well as the other Long Island counties.


ALA News notes that “The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

 

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