ATG News You Need to Start the Week 2/20/17

The Future of Print;   * Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initiative;  *Internet Archive Reaches Semifinals in MacArthur Foundation’s Competition;   *U.S. Court Ruling Sparks Debate Over Access to Laws in the Digital Space;   *NISO announces updated version of ResourceSync Framework Specification;   *Georgetown University: Lauinger Library Reduces Collection After Budget Cuts;   *Springer Healthcare launches new medical education website, Medicine Matters;   *AAAS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation alliance to advance scientific communication and OA publishing;  and  *COA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Fall Meeting and 2017 Midwinter Meeting plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to the Arizona State University Library Channel “the future of the printed book in libraries will be the subject of a new grant awarded to Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries A $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support a one-year planning process, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that will explore and define the future of print in academic libraries.​..”


Library Journal reports that “at the end of January, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced One Book, One New York, a reading program that urges residents of all five boroughs to read the same book, starting in early March. If successful, this will form the largest reading community in the country. But can New Yorkers agree on the same book?  Fifteen years ago, as the New York Times reported, a similar initiative collapsed because the organizers were unable to pick a title…”


The Internet Archive Blog reports that “the Internet Archive is one of eight groups named semi-finalists today in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The competition seeks bold solutions to critical problems of our time…”


Library Technology Guides that “NISO announced the formal publication of an updated version of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2017). Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this 1.1 revision improves a web standard that details various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with evolving resources…”


Citing the  Government Technology website infoDOCKET reports on “a recent court ruling that questioned whether technical standards created by private entities and incorporated into law can be copyrighted. The answer, as passed down by a U.S. District Court, was indeed they can, and anyone who subsequently posts them online is committing a copyright violation…”


infoDOCKET also notes that the “Lauinger Library’s budget was cut by $1 million for fiscal year 2016, requiring the library to reduce its principal collections of books to avoid staff layoffs.

In July 2015, the library took a 6-percent overall budget reduction as part of a broader university effort to reduce spending, according to University Librarian Artemis Kirk. In order to retain all library staff, the majority of the cuts were made from the library’s collections budget, which were cut by 17.5 percent…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak Springer Healthcare, part of the Springer Nature group, has launched Medicine Matters, a new medical education website. The content-rich portal will provide physicians and healthcare professionals with a reliable, free source of medical education, designed to promote best clinical practice and improved health outcomes…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to advance scientific communication and open access publishing. The partnership will also ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals…”


ALA News reports that “at its 2016 Fall Meeting in Chicago, the COA (Committee On Accreditation) took the following action:

  • Precandidacy status was granted to the following program:
    • Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies at the University College London.

At its 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the COA took the following actions:

  • Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled to take place in fall 2023:
    • Master of Information Studies at McGill University (Quebec);
    • Master of Library Science at North Carolina Central University;…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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