ATG News & Announcements 11/30/17

PLOS Reports $1.7M Loss In 2016;  *GPO Releases Digitized Issues of the Federal Register (1970-1979);  * Coach Dean Smith’s Personal Papers Come to UNC Libraries;  *LibraryPress@UF Launches a New Open Books Series Providing Free Classic Works on Florida and the Caribbean;  *Canadian Copyright Challenge: Québec’s Copibec Class Action Receives Boost in Court;  *ACRL Opposes Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Tax Proposal and *the British Library Encourages Analysis of Historical Playbills; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources


Scholarly Kitchen reports that “the Public Library of Science (PLOS) reported a loss of 1.7 Million $US in 2016, according to their latest financial disclosure, which was released late last week.

The loss for the San Francisco-based non-profit publisher was not unexpected. In 2015, the publisher barely broke even, netting around half a million US dollars after expenses, down from nearly $5 Million in 2014 and over $10 Million in 2013.


infoDOCKET notes that “the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1970-1979. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1970 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. 


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that legendary basketball coach Dean Smith’s family “recently donated to UNC-Chapel Hill 12,000 items from Smith’s early years and post-basketball life. They will be part of the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library…”


Also according to infoDOCKET “The LibraryPress@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, is proud to announce the Florida and the Caribbean Open Books Series.

This series makes available for free 39 classic out of print books on the region under an Open Access model…”


According to Publishing PerspectivesJustice Simon Hébert in Montréal has rejected Université Laval‘s request for a suspension of the class action lawsuit led by Québec’s Copibec, a challenge to Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act of 2021.

Université Laval, as Publishing Perspectives reported in September, is the only university in Québec not cooperating with the licensing requirements of Copibec—which is the Société québécoise de gestion collective des droits de reproduction, a nonprofit collection agency established in 1998 to manage reproduction rights for copyright-protected works in both print and digital formats…


ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL has signed on to two letters opposing a proposed tax on graduate student tuition waivers included in the tax reform bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Subjecting tuition waivers to income tax would dramatically increase the tax burden of hundreds of thousands of students and potential impede future innovation in research and teaching. The letters, from the March for Science and the American Council of Learned Societies, call on Members of Congress to reject the proposed change and stand up for the future of American higher education.


According to Information Today “the British Library unveiled In the Spotlight, a crowdsourcing project for transcribing, enhancing, and discussing nearly 100,000 18th- and 19th-century playbills…

 

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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