ATG News & Announcements 5/30/17

Digital Public Library of America to Pilot eBook Lending in Fall;   *Europe Announces That All Scientific Papers Should Be Free by 2020;   *China Publishes More Books Per Year Than the United States;   *WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Interim Report (Year One);   *In the UK: “Young Researchers Preach Open Access, Yet Many Don’t Practice”;   *EIFL Rolls Out Annual Report;   *Federal FY2018 Budget Looms Large;   *Five College Consortium Opens $14 Million Remote Storage Facility in Hatfield, Massachusetts;   *New Data From OASPA: “Steady Growth of Articles in Fully OA Journals Using a CC-BY License” plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Good E-Reader reports that “It’s taken nearly four years, but the time has finally come for the Digital Public Library of America–a non-profit, grassroots organization aimed at better access to ebooks for all readers–to launch its pilot program. Planned for this fall, DPLA will be lending ebooks in what it hopes is a streamlined, non-proprietary and vendorless platform.


According to No Shelf Required “this week was a revolutionary week in the sciences – not because we discovered a new fundamental particle or had a new breakthrough in quantum computing – but because some of the most prominent world leaders announced an initiative which asserts that European scientific papers should be made freely available to all by 2020.

This would legally only impact research supported by public and public-private funds, which are a vast portion of the papers produced annually; however, the goal is to make all science freely available.


Good E-Reader also notes that “the Chinese publishing industry publishes close to 440,000 books per year, which makes it the largest bookselling market in the world.

 The United States is a close second with 304,000 titles produced on an annual basis and Russia is third with 120,000. It is currently estimated that 2.2 million books were produced in 2016…”

infoDOCKET notes that an interim report about the first year of the two-year WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Project “was recently shared online to read and/or download The WASAPI is the working name of a IMLS funded Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving initiative…”


In the UK: “Young Researchers Preach Open Access, Yet Many Don’t Practice”

infoDOCKET also reports that “most British scientists agree that academic research should be free to everyone, but fewer than half have published in open-access journals, and some never will, a recent survey has found. Among the least represented group in open-access publishing are academics under 35…”


According to Information TodayEIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) released its 2016 annual report, which shows that the organization helped more than 8.5 million people through its network of libraries in 50-plus developing and transitional countries…”


Information Today also reports that “various organizations continue to sound off about the president’s proposed FY2018 budget as the Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes the full text available on govinfo and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) releases information on how it will begin closing down if the budget passes…”


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility. The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium –Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.


Citing the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), infoDOCKET notes that “A total of 905,687 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only journals by members of OASPA during the period shown above, with 189,529 of those being published in 2016.
Interestingly, the data we have collected shows that, for OASPA members, the year-on-year growth remains steady for CC BY articles in fully open access peer-reviewed journals. From 2011 to 2012 the total growth was very high, jumping by around 50%. Comparing 2013 to 2012, growth had slowed to about 33%, but in the four years since then it has stabilised at an increase of roughly 14-15% per year…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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