ATG News & Announcements 3/24/17

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National Library Groups Oppose Bill to Make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointee;   *Clarivate Analytics Debuts Garfield Award;   *IMLS Speaks Out on Federal Budget;   *Archivist of U.S. Sends Memo to Government Agency Records Management Officials Re: Top Priorities For 2017;   *Institutional Repository LinkOut: A New Full Text Access Feature in PubMed;   *National Archives (NARA) and Mellon Foundation Partner to Create Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives;   *University Library at UC Berkeley signs the OA2020 Expression of Interest;   *New report on the current state of the OA publishing market…;    *Papers of Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow Open for Research at University of Chicago Library; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ACRL Insider notes that “on March 23, 1017, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduced legislation entitled the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017.” The bill would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Under current law (17 USC 701), the Librarian of Congress selects the Register.”

The Library Copyright Alliance has  released a statement in response listing the reasons why the “LCA  opposes the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act and urges all members of Congress to do the same.”

Information Today also reports that “Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), released a statement on the president’s proposed FY2018 budget. The following is an excerpt:

The institutions we serve provide vital resources that contribute significantly to Americans’ economic development, education, health, and well-being whether by facilitating family learning and catalyzing community change or stimulating economic development through job training and skills development. Our agency’s support enables museums and libraries to offer learning experiences for students and families, as well as to increase care for, and access to, the nation’s collections that are entrusted to museums and libraries by the public.

For the rest of the statement, see the press release…”

According to Information TodayClarivate Analytics is starting a memorial scholarship to honor Eugene Garfield’s legacy. The Eugene Garfield Information Sciences Pioneer Award “will be given annually to at least one promising information scientist, selected by a board of prominent scientometricians,” according to the press release…”


According to infoDOCKET “the Archivist of the United States [David Ferriero recently] sent a memorandum to Senior Agency Officials for Records Management (SAORM) and agency records officers. The memo reminds them of their federal records and information management responsibilities and specifically addresses three high visibility priorities for 2017:

  • electronic messaging and encrypted messages;
  • managing web records; and ensuring that all staff, especially incoming political appointees, are properly trained on their responsibilities for records management…

infoDOCKET also reports that “PubMed users can now see the icon that links to the full text deposited at an institutional repository (IR) using LinkOut. The LinkOut service allows you to link to full text, library holdings, and other relevant external resources from PubMed and other NCBI databases…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “the National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced a partnership for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives planning grants. The purpose of the new grants initiative is to plan for, and build, a sustainable system for the publication and discovery of digital editions that make historical records readily accessible to scholars, students, and the American people…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the University Library at UC Berkeley has signed the OA2020 Expression of Interest, in collaboration with UC Davis and UC San Francisco. OA2020 is an international movement, led by the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, to convert the entire corpus of scholarly journal literature to open access by the year 2020…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Research Consulting, within the scope of the OpenAIRE Work Package dealing with the FP7 Post Grant Open Access Pilot (WP5), was commissioned by LIBER in October 2016 to undertake an economic analysis study of the Open Access publishing market – “Towards a Competitive and Sustainable OA Market in Europe – A Study of the Open Access Market and Policy Environment“. This study assesses the current state of the open access publishing market, and evaluates the range of policy options available to increase access and enhance competition and sustainability in the market…”

According to UChicagoNews “the largest collection of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow’s personal papers is now open for research at the University of Chicago Library, documenting his creative process and literary fame, as well as his wide-ranging professional relationships.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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