ATG News & Announcements 6/22/17

OCLC Research and LIBER to launch collaborative information management study;   *Pay-to-view blacklist of predatory journals set to launch;   *ALA Releases “Career Development Resource Guide”;   *A Project to Digitize and Catalogue the UK’s National Sculpture Collection Announced;  *The Copyright Cortex Launches, Dedicated to Copyright and Digital Cultural Heritage;   *FACETS named official journal of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science;   *Bibliotheca and 3M Cloud Library Unveil EPUB3 Support;  and  *E-Book Sales Decline 2% in Canada in 2016; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to OCLC NewsOCLC Research and LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, will launch a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures.

The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions…”


Nature reports that “five months after a widely read blog listing possible ‘predatory’ scholarly journals and publishers was shut down, another index of untrustworthy titles is appearing — although this version will be available only to paying subscribers.

Scholarly-services firm Cabell’s International in Beaumont, Texas, says that on 15 June it will launch its own list of predatory journals: those that deceive their authors or readers, for example by charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review. The firm described its work on 31 May, at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts.


According to infoDOCKET “the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels —new graduates, mid- or senior-level career— in their job search and career journeys…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “Art UK is delighted to announce a major new project to catalogue the UK’s national sculpture collection. This ambitious initiative will see around 170,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s streets and squares being shown on the artuk.org website by 2020. No other country has attempted such a comprehensive digitization of its national sculpture collection…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that ” the British Library is hosting “the launch of  The Copyright Cortex, a new online, open access, resource dedicated to copyright and digital cultural heritage. The Copyright Cortex has been developed to provide libraries, archives, museums and other memory institutions with information and expert commentary on how copyright law affects the creation, management and use of digital cultural heritage…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakCanadian Science Publishing and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) have announced that FACETS has been selected as the official journal of the RSC’s Academy of Science. FACETS claims to be Canada’s first and only multidisciplinary open access science journal that publishes and shares rigorously peer-reviewed science which matters to Canadians, as well as the international community, from policy and regulatory frameworks, to cross-disciplinary research and scientific approaches that address questions and issues in new ways…”


Good E-Reader reports that “the 3M Cloud Library and their parent company Bibliotheca are bringing ePub3 support for large graphic books. Unlike other vendors, these books are fully downloadable to be available for offline reading. This enables libraries to expand their options for their patrons – convenient digital books for summer reading during travel or trips to the park or beach.


Good E-Reader also reports that “Canadian e-book sales declined a paltry 2% over the course of 2016. Audiobook and e-book sales now account for 17% of total trade purchases, down from 19% in 2015. What is most interesting about the overall Canadian market is that audiobook penetration is quite low, only 37% of publishers issue audio content and 63% do not even bother…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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