ATG News & Announcements 11/15/16

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newspaper-and-pcOhioLINK takes steps toward textbook affordability;   *ALA President Julie Todaro releases statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion;   *Government Accountability Office (GAO) App, Web Pages Allows Users to See Changes Needed Across Federal Government;   *UCLA Students Create Database For African-American Silent Films  *Emerald looks to widen scope of its Library & Information Science journals to address new trends, appoints a number of new editors;  *Open Access Books Poised to Grow 30% a Year Through 2020;   *Wellcome Open Research launches with first articles;   *Ithaka S+R and PALCI join NFAIS as new members;  and* Open Access Books Poised to Grow 30% a Year Through 2020;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Library Technology GuidesOhioLINK will be joining the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network, a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives…”

This press release notes that “today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries and librarians will play within their communities as many search for common ground after the election:…”

According to infoDOCKET  “to help make the upcoming presidential and congressional transitions as informed as possible, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched a new mobile app that provides users easy access to the watchdog agency’s priority recommendations for improving government operations…”

Citing the UCLA Daily Bruin,  infoDOCKET also reports that “seven digital humanities students found 759 entertainment industry professionals involved in early silent race films and compiled them into a centralized database for the first time.

The students, as well as the digital humanities program coordinator Miriam Posner used the information they collected at the Charles E. Young Research Library to create what is now the only online database on the topic of early race films…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing has announced changes to some of its key Library & Information Science journals. According to Eileen Breen, Publisher at Emerald, Library Science is becoming more interdisciplinary and outward-looking. Working at the interface with Information Systems research – as well as Information Science and Educational research – is broadening the impact of the field. Emerald is therefore adapting to these trends by broadening the scope of several of its titles, making name changes and appointing new editors…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Wellcome’s publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research, has launched with its first articles published and freely available to view. These articles will shortly undergo open peer review. They span a range of formats – from more traditional research articles to data notes, software tools and study protocols, and are from academics across a range of career levels…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAISTM) has announced that Ithaka S+R and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) have joined NFAIS as new members…”

PR Newswire highlights “the most recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information.

The report, Open Access Book Publishing 2016-2020, found that there is promise in this strategy. While both STM and social science and humanities (SSH) book revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of about 1% between 2016 and 2020, open access (OA) book revenue is expected to grow by almost 30% a year through 2020.

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