ATG News & Announcements 4/6/17

ACRL 2017 continues record breaking paid attendance trend;  *AAUP Supports Duquesne University Press;   *Scientific Reports Overtakes PLOS ONE As Largest Megajournal;   *DPLA Lays Out Future Ebook Strategies;   *Letter in Support of OPEN Government Data Act signed by Numerous Organizations including Library Groups;    *First-of-its-Kind Interactive Map Brings Together 40 Years of U.S. Water-Quality Data;   *Mellon Grant Will Allow Cornell University Press to Expand Selection of “Cornell Open” From 20 to 77 Titles;    *Ontario University Libraries Collaborate to Release Over 1000 Historical Maps of Ontario Online; and  *Taylor and Francis announces new trial with Publons allowing peer review to get the recognition it deserves plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to this press release, “ACRL 2017 lived up to its tagline as a premier professional development event for academic libraries. More than 5,200 library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and guests from around the world met from March 22 – 25, in Baltimore, Maryland, and online for the conference…”


“The Association of American University Presses denounces the decision last week by the administration of Duquesne University rejecting the efforts of the association, the university’s faculty, the staff of its Press, and even some members of the administration itself to identify alternatives to the closure of Duquesne University Press. Despite a robust list of alternatives that would reduce cost while retaining quality, the university confirmed its intention to withdraw support and close its press…”


According to Scholarly Kitchen “after ten years of publishing, PLOS ONE is no longer the largest journal in the world.

That title is now held by Scientific Reports (Springer Nature), which published a total of 6,214 research articles in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 5,541 articles in PLOS ONE


Information Today reports that “he Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced its upcoming plans for “working to expand the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of ebooks for the general public.” This includes “[f]acilitating discovery of free, open content; unlocking previously gated content through new licensing and/or access models; and facilitating better purchasing options for libraries.”

For more information, read the blog post.


“The following letter, signed by over 80 businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency advocates, was sent to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill on the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs in the U.S. Senate and Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, in support of the OPEN Government Data Act…”


According to infoDOCKET “a new U.S. Geological Survey interactive map provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams over the last four decades.

For the first time, monitoring data collected by the USGS and 73 other organizations at almost 1,400 sites have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams between the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act and 2012…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “for the second year in a row, Cornell University Press has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant worth nearly $100,000 to fund the open access initiative, Cornell Open…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “coinciding with the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) 50th anniversary, Ontario’s university libraries are releasing a collection of over 1000 historical topographic maps of Ontario

The project is a province-wide collaboration, led by the OCUL Geo Community, an open forum for the exchange of information relating to maps and GIS…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakTaylor and Francis has announced a new trial with Publons, enabling peer review contributions to be instantly tracked, verified and showcased to allow peer review to get the recognition it deserves.|
Publons is now being rolled out across 30 journals within Taylor & Francis Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and Behavioural Science…”


Library Technology Guides reports that “as part of their “Rights, Action and Social Responsibility” initiative, and a number of university presses are making books and journal articles across nine topical areas freely available (to download in PDF) until the end of 2017 on degruyter.com…

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