ATG News You Need to Start the Week 3/20/17

by | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 comments

AAU, ARL, AAUP to Launch Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative…;   *Titles Translated from 11 Languages: The 2017 Man Booker International Longlist;   *Thirty Museums and Libraries Named Finalists for 2017 National Medal Award;   *Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print;   *“States Perform” (Interactive State Data Comparison Tool);   *University of Illinois Library Launches Open-Access Digital Publishing Network;   *Women’s History Month: Library to Live Stream Talk with Arts Leaders;   *New SPARC Europe report on Open Data and Open Science policies in Europe;   *Evidence-based characteristics could help authors recognize predatory journals;  *New report on digital transformation in publishing finds slow advancement in digital transformation, high emphasis on metadata investment;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ARL News reports that “The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are implementing a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs…”

According to Publishing Perspectives “from an initial 126 books, the Man Booker International Prize longlist honors 13 ‘compulsively readable and ferociously intelligent’ titles translated into English and published in the UK…

The UK’s Man Booker International Prize … 2017 longlist was announced on March 15, the “middle day” of London Book Fair…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities…”


Image credit: Electronic Book by Tim Noko (Flickr, CC BY-SA)

According to The Guardian a “Nielsen survey finds UK ebook sales declined by 4% in 2016, the second consecutive year digital has shrunk.

Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations…”

In addition, infoDOCKET  notes that new tool from the The Council of State Governments called “States Perform provides users with access to interactive, customizable and up-to-date comparative performance measurement data for 50 states in six key areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “the University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet.

“Claude Monet: The Water Lilies” was first published in 1928 by Georges Clemenceau, the former French prime minister and a friend of Monet. Bruce Michelson, a U. of I. professor emeritus of English, produced the new translation of the memoir – as well as translations of three essays on art by Clemenceau, included as appendices.


According to the Library of Congress Blog “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host a discussion at noon on March 22 with three dynamic leaders in the arts in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress. The event will be streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter and #WomensHistory.

KnowledgeSpeak also notes “a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine identifies 13 evidence-based characteristics by which potential predatory journals may be distinguished from presumed legitimate ones. While the characteristics identified in this study may not be sensitive enough to detect all potentially predatory journals, the authors hope that their findings may be helpful to researchers in assessing a journal’s legitimacy and quality.

In addition KnowledgeSpeak reports that “an in-depth study analyzing digital transformation in the publishing industry has found that 25 percent of publishers see themselves as “lagging” versus the rest of the industry in their current transformation efforts, while only 25 percent feel they are “leading.” The study was commissioned by software professional services firm Ixxus, along with its parent organization Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). The full report is now available for download.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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