ATG News You Need to Start the Week

by | Apr 20, 2016 | 0 comments

search_box*Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination;   *Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project;   *Blockbuster book deal: Follett buys Baker & Taylor;   *SCOAP3 initiative extended for three more years;   *SPARC and Johns Hopkins University Libraries collaborate to launch resource analyzing US federal data sharing policies;    *Free Europe Committee – New Digital Collection of Encrypted Messages Available Online;     *Digital Strategy, Databases, and Open Access Discussed at Recent Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Meeting;    *Staffing and Service Cuts at Study Center in Brown University’s Sciences Library;    *Library of America Receives $550K Grant for WWI Events;  and *ACRL becomes key dissemination partner for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition;  plus More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to ALA News “more than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress…

Nonprofit supporters were joined by two dozen educational institutions (ranging from community colleges to the Big Ten and Ivy League); two dozen academic libraries from every corner of the country; more than a score of national library groups; and virtually all of the nation’s state library associations. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA), of which Dr. Hayden is a past-president, the letter was transmitted late yesterday to the members of the Senate Rules Committee which today holds its confirmation hearing on her nomination to become America’s 14th Librarian of Congress…”

According to Reuters “the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by a group of authors who contend that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library violates copyright law.

The Authors Guild and several individual writers have argued that the project, known as Google Books, illegally deprives them of revenue. The high court left in place an October 2015 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in favor of Google.

A unanimous three-judge appeals court panel said the case “tests the boundaries of fair use,” but found Google’s practices were ultimately allowed under the law…”

The Chicago Tribune reports that “for family-owned book seller Follett, the math was simple, and the figures added up: Buying Baker & Taylor would boost its sales by almost 40 percent and strengthen its presence in a number of markets, from public libraries to foreign countries.

Westchester-based Follett, best known for selling books and other materials to schools, colleges, bookstores, students and K-12 libraries, on Monday announced what it said was the biggest deal in its 142-year history by buying Baker & Taylor, a provider of books, video and music products to public libraries worldwide…”

open access - padlockAlso according to KnowledgeSpeak The SCOAP3 collaboration has announced the extension of this Open Access initiative for three more years, from January 2017 through December 2019. Following the success of the first years of operation of SCOAP3, representatives of the 3,000 SCOAP3 partners in 47 countries, ten scholarly publishers and CERN as the host organisation of the collaboration have now agreed the terms for this continuation…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Libraries, has released a new resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding U.S. federal funder research data sharing policies. This free tool, launched at, provides a detailed analysis of 16 federal agency responses to the directive issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research…”

According to infoDOCKET “the Open Societies Archive at Central Europe University, Budapest has announced “public access to the first portion of the Free Europe Committee (FEC) compilation of Cold War digital records.

These 8,100 digital files were first available on November 3, 2015, for researchers only and covered the period of FEC activities from 1960-1964. OSA has only uploaded, this first chunk of a total database of 35,000 encrypted messages taking up 22 microfilm reels, ranging from 1960-1970…”

Also according to infoDOCKETOn Thursday, April 14, 2016 representatives of CRL libraries gathered at the Gleacher Center in Chicago for the organization’s main annual governance event: the meeting of CRL’s Council of Voting Members. Delegates from CRL libraries in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong elected four new members of the Board of Directors, and approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that provides for new investment in digitization of collections, access to major databases, and collection analysis…”

And finally infoDOCKET  notes that “library staff and students are voicing concerns about a plan to reduce staffing and services at the Friedman Study Center in the Sciences Library. University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi announced the planned changes April 15 in an email to all undergraduates…

There will also be changes to the hours when the Friedman Study Center’s front desk is staffed…”

According to GalleyCat “the Library of America has been selected as the beneficiary of a $550,000 grantfrom the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grant is the largest endowment that NEH is giving out this year. The funding comes in partial support of World War I and America, a national project exploring World War I through a travelling exhibition, a multimedia website, and a major anthology of American experiences during World War I…”

ALA News also reports that “The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has joined the network of partners behind the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition. Since the inaugural report in 2014, the academic and research library-focused edition of the NMC Horizon Report series has been a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. In their new role as key dissemination partner, ACRL will help produce and distribute the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition. The release is scheduled for the ACRL 2017 Conference, to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources





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