ATG News You Need to Start the Week 2/13/17

Archived webinar on Sci-Hub and resource sharing now available;  *As E-book Sales Decline, Digital Fatigue Grows;   *New Report From Project THOR: “Services that Support Claiming of Datasets in Multiple Workflows;   *Knowledge Unlatched to partner with JSTOR for usage study;   *Credo Reference Expands, Launches New Education Division;   *ProQuest launches no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers;   *AAP urges more direct U.S. government engagement in IIPA Special 301 Report;  *Edward Elgar crowned Publisher of the Year at IPG Awards;   and *Western Sydney University and ProQuest Team to Offer eTextbooks to Students plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


District Dispatch notes that “an archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Open Access ‘Pirates:’ Sci-Hub and #icanhazpdf as Resource Sharing” is now available. Originally webcasted on February 2, 2017, by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education subcommittee, this webinar was one our most popular CopyTalk of all time…”


According to Publishers Weekly “limitations of e-reading devices and “digital fatigue” are cited as causes of decline in sales of the format” in a Codex Group survey of book buyers’s shopping preferences…

“The Codex Group’s April 2016 survey of 4,992 book buyers found that e-book units purchased as a share of total books purchased fell from 35.9% in April 2015 to 32.4% in April 2016. The Codex survey includes e-books published by traditional publishers and self-publishers and sold across all channels and in all categories…”


infoDOCKET reports that Project Thor “partners have been busy developing data claiming services” that enable “researchers and other contributors to associate research artefacts with their ORCID record, a process known as claiming. The dataset claiming process involves creating, maintaining, and sharing information about the relationship between researchers and datasets.

See: Services that Support Claiming of Datasets in Multiple Workflows


Research Information reports that “Knowledge Unlatched (KU), …, and JSTOR, …, are partnering to study usage patterns in open access by cross-promoting KU titles. While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, it will expand the hosting of 30 open access titles to JSTOR…”


According to Library Technology GuidesCredo Reference, … has launched Credo Education. The new subsidiary partners with educational institutions to prepare students for continuous learning and success in the knowledge economy…

In addition to helping academic institutions assess gaps in students’ core critical thinking abilities, Credo Education also provides effective instruction to measurably improve student outcomes and cultivate lifelong learners. Supporting the mission of higher education institutions to develop learners aligned with the knowledge economy and its demands fuel Credo Education, Sweet added…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.


The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has asked the U.S. government to encourage trading partners to fulfill their pledges to the U.S. to improve protection and enforcement of copyright. The submission was filed by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) in response to the 2017 Special 301 inquiry by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and outlines the key challenges facing a number of creative industries, including publishing, when it comes to enacting copyright and related rights in foreign markets.


The Bookseller reports that “academic publisher Edward Elgar has been awarded the top honour of Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year Award at this year’s Independent Publishing Guild (IPG) awards after an “outstanding performance in a difficult market in 2016”, according to the judges.

As a “resolutely forward-looking business”, expanding into law publishing and building digital platform Elgaronline, the judges praised the publisher for “punching way above its weight despite competition from far larger operators”.

Edward Elgar produced an outstanding performance in a difficult market in 2016,” the judges said. “It is a very well run and profitable company with excellent partnerships, great author care and consistently superb customer service.”


PR Newswire notes ” a collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest that provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University’s library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.”  The project makes “etextbooks from 60 academic publishers available to students via Ebook Central, ProQuest’s … new ebook platform…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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