ATG News & Announcements 8/16/17

FCC extends Net Neutrality public comment period to August 30;  *OU Libraries initiative saves students more than $1.6M;  *Georgia State University Library Acquires Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Collection;  *Canada’s Portage Network Releases Report on Collections Development for the Federated Research Data Repository;  *NIST Crafts Next-Generation Safeguards for Information Systems and the Internet of Things;  *Ex Libris announces new release of the Summon® discovery service;  *ChemRxiv™ Beta version now open for submissions;  and *Free Law Project Announces Every Free PACER Opinion Now Available on CourtListener.com plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to District Dispatch “on Friday, the FCC announced it would extend the public comment period on its proposal to roll back a 2015 order protecting net neutrality for an additional two weeks. This phase of the process is supposed to allow for “replies” to arguments raised by other commenters.


According to Library Technology Guides “The University of Oklahoma Libraries-funded open educational resources initiative, the Alternative Textbook Grant, has saved OU students $1,631,935 in textbook costs to date. Now in its fourth year, the Alternative Textbook Grant was established to reduce students’ textbook costs by supporting OU faculty members in the adoption, modification or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) – which include teaching, learning and research resources that are free of cost to use and repurpose – as well as affordable course content.


According to infoDOCKET “a report has been released by the Collections Development Working Group of the Portage Data Discovery Experts describing how a group of ten Canadian research data repositories were identified for a pilot to facilitate the discovery of their data collections through the Research Data Repository (FRDR) search tool…”


The GSU News Hub reports that “Georgia State University Library’s Special Collection and Archives have acquired the records of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a collection that documents the rich history of the organization since its founding in 1945.

The collection consists of materials related to the founding, operation and governance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and encompasses a wide range of formats, including manuscripts, administrative records, scrapbooks, press clippings, concert programs, photographs, oral history interviews, performance sound recordings and videos.


infoDOCKET also reports that “the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its widely used Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations. Developed by a joint task force consisting of representatives of the civil, defense and intelligence communities, the draft fifth revision of SP 800-53 represents an ongoing effort to produce a unified information security framework for the federal government.


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the debut of ACS Reviewer Lab, an online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review. A collaborative effort by ACS Editors, leading chemistry researchers and ACS Publications staff, the course offers scientists practical instruction and challenging exercises designed to hone their peer-reviewing skills…”


KnowledgeSpeak also notes “Ex Libris, has announced a new release of the Summon® discovery service. This release helps libraries further address researcher and student needs and improve their users’ experience. Patrons will benefit from interface and system enhancements, increased opportunities for discovering content through subject-specific searches, and easy access to course reserves through search results…”


In addition KnowledgeSpeak notes that “ChemRxiv, a new chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use and feedback by researchers. The Beta launch has been undertaken with initial strategic input from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry, German Chemical Society and other not-for profit organizations, as well as other scientific publishers and preprint services…”


infoDOCKET notes that “after nearly a year of work, and with support from the U.S. Department of Labor and Georgia State University,” the Free Law Project has “collected every free written order and opinion that is available in PACER. To accomplish this we used PACER’s “Written Opinion Report,” which provides many opinions for free.

This collection contains approximately 3.4 million orders and opinions from approximately 1.5 million federal district and bankruptcy court cases dating back to 1960…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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