ATG News You Need to Start the Week 5/1/17

by | May 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Screen fatigue’ sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print;   *‘Register of Copyrights’ Bill Easily Passes House;   *Library Copyright Alliance Continues Opposition to Register of Copyrights Bill;    *The fight for library funding is on in the U.S. Senate;   *EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site From Public View After Two Decades;   *Illuminating Royalty: William & Mary Libraries Partner on Georgian Papers Programme;    *Two U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available (Preserving Data in Government Act);   *Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) Launches with Early Success;   *New OCLC Research report offers framework for developing culture of collaboration between archivists and IT professionals;   *University of South Carolina Acquires Ron Rash Archive;  and   *Springer Nature announces two new ORCID initiatives plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to The Guardian “Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book sales.

Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm…”


Publishers Weekly reports that “a bill that would empower Donald Trump to appoint the next Register of Copyrights easily passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and is headed to the Senate. The final vote was 378-48.

The vote came just a month after the bill, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, (H.R. 1695) was first introduced on March 23. The bill would block Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden from appointing the next Register of Copyrights and instead transfer the authority to appoint the Register to the President, with Senate confirmation.


ACRL Insider reports that “The Library Copyright Alliance continues to oppose legislation that would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation…

In response to the House of Representatives adopting the bill (Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017” – H.R. 1695) LCA released the following statement:

“The Library Copyright Alliance is disappointed that the House today passed H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. We continue to believe that the bill will delay critically needed modernization of the Copyright Office and make the Register of Copyrights less accountable to Congress and the public, contrary to the stated intent of the bill made plain in its title.”


According District Dispatch “the Fight for Librarieshas moved to the United States Senate. Today, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds for LSTA, while Sens. Reed, Grassley (R-IA) and Stabenow (D-MI) are leading the fight for IAL.


According to infoDOCKET “the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information…”


infoDOCKET notes that “in spring 2015, William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture partnered with the Royal Archives and King’s College London on the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP). The GPP is a five-year project to make available online the historic manuscripts relating to the Georgian monarchy, by the year 2020. Most of these papers relate to George III, although papers from the reigns of George I, George II, George IV and William IV are also included.

The partnership will work together to create an open, discoverable online archive of 350,000 digitized items. Approximately 85 percent of the items are unknown to scholars…


infoDOCKET also reports that “U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research.

The Preserving Data in Government Act would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice…”


According to ARL News “Six organizations today announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC): OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. The Association of Research Libraries is among 33 stakeholder projects and organizations—including the California Digital Library, the Center for Open Science, the Internet Archive, Mozilla, and the Wellcome Trust—that have formally put their names behind I4OC in support of openly accessible citations…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports “OCLC has released Demystifying IT: A Framework for Shared Understanding between Archivists and IT Professionals, a follow-on report in the popular Demystifying Born Digital series designed to help archivists achieve a better understanding of how information technology professionals work so that they can be effective collaborators.|

The report describes types of IT providers and the services they typically offer, offers insights on the software development process, provides guidance toward building partnerships and emphasizes the centrality of resource constraints…”


According to the University of South Carolina “The personal archive of writer and South Carolina native Ron Rash has been acquired by the University of South Carolina.

The archive, which spans Rash’s life from boyhood to the present, details his career as a poet, short story writer and novelist and joins other contemporary American literature collections at the university’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. Among Rash’s award-winning works are the novel, “Serena,” which also was made into a movie, and the short story collection “Chemistry and Other Stories…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports thatSpringer Nature has announced two new initiatives in support of ORCID, which gives researchers a unique, personal, persistent identifier (an iD) that distinguishes them from every other researcher.|

ORCID also enables organisations to link researchers’ affiliations and works – including their publications – to their iD, ensuring they receive proper credit for their work. The first initiative is a trial that will mandate ORCID iDs for corresponding authors publishing in 46 journals from across the whole of Springer Nature, including Nature Research, Springer and BioMed Central…”

 More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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