ATG News & Announcements 2/23/17

Library Copyright Alliance Files Briefs, Submits Comments;   *ACRL Statement on the Dissemination of Federal Research;   *U.S. Dept of Defense Launches “Code.mil,” an Experiment in Open Source;   *Unlatching Them All! Knowledge Unlatched Will Be Making 343 Humanities and Social Science E-Books Open Access;   *Springer Nature launches Recommended – connecting researchers with research that matters to them;   *PLOS releases annual update of milestones and highlights;  and *More ebook choices for OASIS users plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to ACRL Insider “The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In recent weeks, LCA has worked for the library community in the following ways…


ACRL Insider reports that “the following statement was approved by the ACRL Board of Directors on February 23, 2017. The Board wishes to acknowledge the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee’s input and work in drafting the statement…”


infoDOCKET reports that “the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of Code.mil, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects.

DoD is working with GitHub, an open source platform, to experiment with fostering more collaboration between private sector software developers and federal employees on software projects built within the DoD…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “Knowledge Unlatched is very happy to announce that we will be unlatching all 147 front list and 196 backlist e-books from the KU Select 2016 collection.

Around 270 libraries and consortia from 21 countries pledged towards the unlatching of this collection, which shows that there is great global support for Knowledge Unlatched’s mission in making Humanities and Social Sciences ebooks Open Access.

The Emory News Center reports that “Emory College of Arts and Sciences has launched a $1.2 million effort that positions it to be a national leader in the future of scholarly publishing. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding the multiyear initiative to support long-form, open-access publications in the humanities in partnership with university presses… 

Led by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the endeavor will bring together efforts in Emory College, Emory Libraries, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakSpringer Nature has launched Recommended, a new service which connects the research community with the most relevant content. The service has been developed in response to the extensive and rapid increase in published research which makes it difficult for researchers to keep up to date with developments in their specific fields. It is the first such service from a publisher, in which specific recommendations from across all published literature are generated by algorithm.


Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “open access journal publisher PLOS has released an Annual Update of milestones and highlights. The Annual Update provides a centralised resource for those looking to understand more about who PLOS is and what they do with easy browsing through the year’s achievements, links to quickly access key research and a selection of news interviews to hear directly from PLOS authors…”


No Shelf Required reports that “ProQuest has just announced it has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter’s 26,000 ebooks (from over 15 international imprints) available for purchase through the OASIS® system. This prompted us to revisit OASIS—ProQuest’s free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books for academic libraries—and provide a quick update on its growth…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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