ATG News & Announcements 5/17/17

by | May 17, 2017 | 0 comments

International Accord Strengthens Ties between Repository Networks Worldwide;  *Recently Enhanced Interactive Database Aids the Study of U.S. Judiciary Trends;  *Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Western University Sign Five-Year Collaboration Agreement;  *Library of Congress Releases 25 Million Free Records of Bibliographic Metadata;  *EBSCO Information Services Certified Under Privacy Shield Framework;  and *Applications for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2017 still open; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to ARL News “on May 8, 2017, several regional and national repository networks and stakeholder groups, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), formally endorsed an international accord that will lead to the greater alignment of repository networks around the world.|

 The aim of the accord is to improve cooperation between national and regional repository networks by identifying common principles and areas of collaboration that will lead to the development of global services.

infoDOCKET notes thata recently enhanced database that houses information about civil and criminal federal cases dating to 1970 is now available to researchers and the public on the Federal Judicial Center’s website as part of a partnership with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.The interactive database contains docket information from district, appellate, and bankruptcy court filings and terminations, including plaintiff and defendant names, filing date, termination date, disposition of the case, type of lawsuit, jurisdiction, and docket number.

According to infoDOCKET “Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Western University in London, Ontario, have agreed to share expertise and knowledge.

The two organizations will collaborate in supporting academic advancement, research practices and technological developments, and will proactively facilitate outreach to promote Canadian documentary heritage. They will achieve these goals through workshops, training programs and student placements…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at

This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.

The records also will be easily accessible at This is the first time a legislative branch agency has made its products available on the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA)…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “EBSCO Information Services has self-certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Privacy Shield Framework replaces the earlier U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework that was invalidated in October of 2015. It is intended to provide a reliable mechanism for companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the US while retaining adequate protections and safeguards and providing transparency related to the information collected. It also builds in accountability for data transfers and mechanisms for dispute resolution…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “applications for the ALPSP Awards 2017 are still open for any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication.|

 Submissions can relate to any part of the scholarly and professional publishing industry but must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality and innovation, significance and value to its community, utility and long-term viability…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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