ATG News & Announcements 3/7/17

Berkeley Will Delete Online Content;   *ARL Library Statements and Signs Affirming Our Core Beliefs;   *New web portal launched to search seven federal libraries with a single click;  *EU Court Rules Lower Sales Tax Only Applies to Print, Not eBooks;   *FOIA Request System at the FBI Goes Automated;   *Alexander Street Strikes a Chord With Open Music Library;   *Maine State Archives, Library Launch Digital Maine Transcription Project;   *University of California Libraries Statement on Commitment to Free and Open Information, …;  and A New Way to Search JSTOR: JSTOR Labs Introduces “Text Analyzer” (Beta) plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to Inside Higher Ed “the University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities.

Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the university’s webcast.berkeley site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms — a process that will take three to five months — and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them…”


Many ARL member libraries have released statements and posted signs affirming their commitment to such foundational values of our profession as diversity, inclusion, equity, access to information, free expression, privacy, and social justice. We are gathering links to those statements and signs here, in reverse chronological order.


The Federal Science Library (Canada) has created a new web portal launched to search seven federal libraries with a single click… The portal allows users to view or request items from a vast collection of publications in science, technology, engineering and health and other related economic, policy and program information. Wherever possible, departmental publications, reports, data sets and other content are freely available for anyone to access or download…”


The Digital Reader reports that “European countries must levy standard rates of sales taxes on digital books and newspapers rather than the reduced levels possible for their printed equivalents due to e-commerce rules, the EU’s top court ruled on Tuesday…

The court said the rules allowed EU countries to apply reduced VAT rates to printed but not digital publications even though both met the European Parliament’s objective when passing the VAT directive – the promotion of reading…”


Citing TechCrunch, Information Today reports that “changes to the FBI’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request system have taken effect, replacing the standard email system with an online portal. “According to the bureau, the new online portal transitions the agency from a manual system to an automated system that will help it handle its large volume of requests, though detractors argue that the new web portal creates additional barriers to those seeking information from the FBI and makes tracking the paper trail more difficult,” the TechCrunch article states.


Information Today also notes that “as part of Alexander Street’s Open Music Library(OML) initiative, music scholars, students, teachers, and librarians can work toward building what could become the world’s most comprehensive open network of digital resources for studying music–including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, music scores, and audio and video recordings…


infoDOCKET reports that “the Maine State Archives and Maine State Library are launching the Digital Maine Transcription Project today, inviting the public to lend a hand in making Maine’s historical documents more accessible.

The transcription project works in conjunction with DigitalMaine, which hosts digitized items from all over the state…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) and the University of California Libraries issue the following statement in response to recent actions by the new federal administration and in order to address resulting concerns about continued open access to and preservation of information, scholarship, and knowledge…”


Also infoDOCKET notes from a JSTOR Labs Post that “the beta release of Text Analyzer, a new way to search for articles and books on JSTOR. Upload a document – the paper you’re writing, an article you’re reading, anything – and Text Analyzer inspects it, devises a set of terms the paper it “thinks” is about, and then recommends other scholarship from JSTOR based on those terms…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Springer Nature, a global research, educational and professional publisher, has become the largest academic publisher to open up reference lists to advance data discovery and reuse. Working closely with Crossref, Springer Nature will make the metadata for reference lists available across all academic books and owned journals (and as an option for society partners.)…”


Also according to KnowledgeSpeakSAGE Publishing has expanded SAGE Video, …, to include two new collections – Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice. Hosted on SAGE Knowledge platform and designed to enhance research, teaching, and learning at all levels, the new collections contain over 115 hours of streaming video content each, more than 65% of which is exclusive to SAGE….”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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