ATG News & Announcements 2/16/17

Carnegie Mellon University Partners with Digital Science to Create a C21st Library;   *ACRL Presidential Candidates’ Online Forum;   *2017 Cunha-Swartzburg Award to MetaArchive;  *Bill To Make U.S. Copyright Office a Legislative Branch Agency Sent to House Judiciary Committee;   *New amicus briefs on old copyright cases;   *University of Minnesota Libraries Receives $1.5 Million Gift From Wallin Foundation;   *Digital Privacy: Now Sites Can Fingerprint You Online Even When You Use Multiple Browsers;   *Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse;  and   *Elsevier restores journal access to 60 German institutions plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to this press release “Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, today announced Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a key customer and development partner. By implementing a suite of products from the Digital Science portfolio, Carnegie Mellon will unveil a solution to capture, analyze and showcase its leading research. Using continuous, automated capture of data from multiple internal and external sources, including publication and associated citation and altmetrics data, grant data, and research data, Carnegie Mellon will be able to provide its faculty, funders and decision-makers with an accurate, timely and holistic picture of the institution’s research…”


ACRL Insider reports that “The 2017 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 3 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 6. Come hear José Aguiñaga and Lauren Pressley discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL. Aguiñaga is library faculty/archives coordinator at Glendale Community College (Arizona), and Pressley is associate dean/library director at the University of Washington Tacoma Libraries. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates…” 


ALA News reports that “the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Jury for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected the MetaArchive Cooperative as the 2017 recipient. The award, sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge, will be presented during a ceremony at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago…”


infoDOCKET reports that “The “Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act” [HR 890]  was introduced in the United States of House of Representatives by Rep. Tom Marino [R-PA], Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA], and Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA] on February 6, 2017 and immediately referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary…


According to District Dispatch “the American Library Association (ALA), as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), joined amicus briefs on Monday in support of two landmark copyright cases on appeal.

The first (pdf) is the Georgia State University (GSU) case—yes, that one— arguing that GSU’s e-reserves service is a fair use…

The second amicus brief just filed by ALA and its LCA allies, another defense of fair use, was prepared and filed in conjunction with the Internet Archive on behalf of ReDigi in its ongoing litigation with Capitol Records…”


infoDOCKET notes that “students, scholars, and users from across the globe will benefit from enhanced technology, contemporary classroom space, and access to rare and special collections worth nearly $1 billion at the University of Minnesota Libraries, thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Wallin Foundation, a leader in advancing education.

The gift honors Maxine Wallin, a librarian, a lover of books, a former Friends of the University Libraries Board member, an alumna of the U of M Library School, and a longstanding supporter of the Libraries…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track visitors even when they use two or more different browsers. This shatters a key defense against sites that identify visitors based on the digital fingerprint their browsers leave behind.


The Guardian reports that “antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse.

The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: Impossible-style break-in…”


According KnowledgeSpeak “STM publisher Elsevier has reportedly announced that it would restore journal access to German universities after being blocked for over a month now. Negotiations, however, continue between the company and DEAL, a consortium of institutions calling for a nationwide license…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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