ATG News & Announcements 9/2/16

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media - macbook-pixabay2016 Library Design Showcase;   *Elsevier’s New Patent for Online Peer Review Throws a Scare Into Open-Source Advocates;   *College & Research Libraries – September 2016;   *Pew Releases Survey Findings on Book Reading by U.S. Adults, Print Books Continue to Dominate;   *Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) Releases 2016-2018 Strategic Plan;   *University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign …: Eighth Profile in ARL Series;   *University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Stays Ahead of the Digital Humanities Game”;    *University of Texas Center Opens Fellowship Applications *Springer’s LOD platform offers new service for authors and conference organisers;  and the *FTC sues academic journal publisher OMICS Group for deceptive practices;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

American Libraries has posted their annual Library Design Showcase of new and renovated libraries providing “examples of innovative architectural feats that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. New construction dominated this year’s submissions, but renovated and repurposed spaces were a close second, showing how today’s libraries are both conserving existing resources and adapting to economic realities…”

This post in the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that “patents on software can be controversial. And often, so is the company Elsevier, the giant journal publisher. So when word hit the internet starting on Tuesday night that Elsevier had just been awarded a patent for an “online peer-review system and method,” reaction from people aligned with the publishing and open-source worlds came swiftly on Twitter and in other online venues, much of it reflecting suspicion about the company’s motives. 

The September 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

According to infoDOCKET new report titled, Book Reading 2016 from Pew Research says “that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%)…”


infoDOCKET also notes thatCOPE’s Strategic Plan (2016-2018) plan was released online this week” and according to the COPE Web Site “Following consultation with COPE Council and feedback from members, we are committed to delivering on 5 strategic priorities in the next 2 years…”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Media CommonsThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the eighth profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

Citing the Daily Nebraskan, this post from infoDOCKET describes how “over the last 20 years, UNL has built a reputation as one of the leading institutions in digital humanities. Although not easily defined, digital humanities is an area of study that combines humanities, scholarship and computing.

According to GalleyCat “the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, is now accepting applications for its 2017–2018 research fellowships.

The university will award more than 50 fellowships to authors, poets, filmmakers, artists and musicians. The fellowships range in length of time from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (unless they are applying for an academic fellowship) or be independent scholars.
 Applicants can apply online until November 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. CST. Decisions will be revealed on March 31, 2017.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “publisher Springer Nature is offering a new feature on its Linked Open Data (LOD) platform. It allows users to check if their conference papers published in proceedings are indexed in Scopus. Conference organisers, authors or the research community in general can access Springer’s LOD platform free of charge and do a search by filling in an ISBN, DOI, conference acronym or the volume number of the book series…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the Federal Trade Commission has charged academic journal publisher OMICS Group of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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