ATG News & Announcements 9/12/17

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Choice and The Charleston Company Launch ccAdvisor;  *Diversity and Inclusion, SPEC Kit 356, Published by ARL;  *Education at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators is Available (Full Text + Data Files);  *OpenStax Announces International Initiative, Partners with Partners UK Open Textbooks; *IFLA signs open letter calling on Members of the European Parliament to ensure Open Access remains open in Europe; *Royal Society of Chemistry partners with Publons to give peer reviewers more recognition;  *Knowledge Unlatched unveils KU Open Services; and *Sci-Hub Is No Longer Available in Russia plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Choice and The Charleston Company today announced the launch of ccAdvisor, an online review source for information databases and digital resources. Itself a database, ccAdvisor draws upon the traditions of objectivity and scholarly excellence that characterize both Choice and The Charleston Advisor to create the source for the evaluation and selection of digital resources for libraries…”

According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Diversity and Inclusion, SPEC Kit 356, an exploration of how ARL member library diversity plans have changed since 2010. This SPEC Kit gathers information about the following topics: current recruitment and retention strategies that aim to increase the number of minority librarians in research libraries, staff development programs that foster an inclusive workplace and climate, how diversity programs have changed, and how libraries assess these efforts.

According to infoDOCKET Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is now available. It is “the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. With more than 125 charts and 145 tables included in the publication and much more data available on the educational database, Education at a Glance 2017 provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which already provides free, high quality, openly licensed textbooks to nearly 1.5 million college students per year, is partnering with Open University’s UK Open Textbooks initiative to bring OpenStax’s textbooks to the United Kingdom.

The yearlong project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of its commitment to supporting learning resources that students can download, edit and share…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that given “the transition towards Open Access is gaining momentum” and “it promises to deliver a major step forward in giving access to the results of science and research, IFLA has … signed an open letter, calling on Members of the European Parliament to ensure that Open Access remains open in Europe…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Royal Society of Chemistry has launched a formal partnership with Publons – a third-party reviewer recognition service – for a twelve-month trial on ten RSC journals. Reviewers can use it to track and verify their peer review activity. The aim is to speed up research by harnessing the power of great peer review, working with publishers, institutions and researchers to turn peer review into a measurable output that can be used to demonstrate a researcher’s standing, impact and influence in their field.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Knowledge Unlatched (KU) will open its services to publishers with Open Services, designed to help publishers achieve greater impact for their Open Access (OA) books. The new service is an additional offer for those OA titles that have not been financed through KU’s traditional crowd funding model. The service has been tailor-made to meet increasing demands from publishers, libraries, and researchers for greater discoverability of their OA titles.

Information Today reports that according to The Bookseller “Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan removed access to the site in Russia, allegedly in response to criticism from Russian scientists. She was also unhappy that a newly discovered parasitic insect was named after her–Idiogramma elbakyanae…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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