ATG News & Announcements 10/12/17

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New Bowker report reveals self-publishing ISBNs climbed 8 percent between 2015 and 2016;  *An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941;  *Publishers Clash With ResearchGate Over Copyrighted Articles;  *DPLA Opens Ebook Marketplace;  *Higher education reauthorization on Congressional fall agenda;  *Library of Congress Releases Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (in Original Format) Online;  *Holdings from Boston Public Library’s “Sound Archive Collection” are Heading to Internet Archive for Digitization, Preservation, and Public Access;  *Springer Nature and UNSILO partner to release new comprehensive set of article metadata;  and *New Online: Federal Courts Web Archive; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

N S R reports that “since 2011, International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for self-published titles have climbed 218.33%, according to the latest report from Bowker. A total of 786,935 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles in 2016; in 2011, that number was 247,210.

This new study from Bowker highlights the latest self-publishing trends in print and ebook formats. For 2016 vs. 2015, the numbers indicate a continuing growth trend for print (+11%), though at a slower rate than a year ago (+34%). Ebooks show a slight decline in the number of title registrations (-3%), but this is a significantly smaller decrease compared to the prior year (-11%)…”

Boing Boing notes that “section 108h of the Copyright Act gives libraries the power to scan and serve copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941; it’s never been used before but now the mighty Internet Archive is giving it a serious workout, adding them to their brilliantly named Sonny Bono Memorial Collection (when Bono was a Congressman, he tried to pass a law that would extend copyright to “forever less a day” and was instrumental in moving millions of works from the public domain back into copyright, “orphaning” them so that no one could preserve them and no one knew who the copyrights belonged to).

According to Information Today “in the Nature article “Publishers Threaten to Remove Millions of Papers From ResearchGate,” Richard Van Noorden reports that “Millions of articles might soon disappear from ResearchGate, the world’s largest scholarly social network. Last week, five publishers said they had formed a coalition that would start ordering ResearchGate to remove research articles from its site because they breach publishers’ copyright. A spokesperson for the group said that up to 7 million papers could be affected, and that a first batch of take-down notices, for around 100,000 articles, would be sent out ‘imminently…’” Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS), which are part of the coalition, “filed a lawsuit to try to prevent copyrighted material appearing on ResearchGate in [the] future…”

Information Today also reports that “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) started the DPLA Exchange, “a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks,” according to the blog post. The six pilot libraries—a mix of state, large public, rural, and other types—can log in and select ebooks from a list of both licensed and openly licensed titles. DPLA may expand the service to more institutions after a preliminary period.

District Dispatch reports that “on the fall agenda for Congress is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008…  Many of the provisions, or Titles, of HEA will have minimal direct impact on libraries, but a few key areas warrant attention from the library community. How Congress views these programs may impact libraries at colleges and universities, particularly in two areas: …”

According to infoDOCKET “the Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format.

The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of the best in history—among other items.

infoDOCKET also notes that “the Boston Public Library has approved the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library offering permanent access to historical collections for researchers, historians, and the general public.

This project will catalog and digitize a major component of the BPL’s Sound Archives Collection, which will be available where rights allow to all for free online upon the project’s completion…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Springer Nature and text analytics company UNSILO have released a new comprehensive set of article metadata. The new metadata includes keywords for every article, and for articles where no editorial keywords exist, the UNSILO Text Intelligence platform has analysed the full text and selected a set of descriptive Key Concepts…”

According to the Library of Congress Blog “The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library’s web archiving team and the Law Library, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts and other tribunals. Coverage generally begins in April 2014, although records from individual courts were captured at different times, and some earlier records are included. The archive is the only comprehensive coverage done court-by-court for the U.S. federal court system…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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