Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and Academia.edu; *Troy University is First in Alabama to Offer Visual History Archive; *New Draft Action Plans On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions At WIPO; *Faculty and Archives Partner on MIT and Slavery Project; *ORCID Releases Findings From 2017 Community Survey; *Now Available: Videos of Presentations From the British Library Labs Symposium 2017; *US. Copyright Office Publishes New Interim Rule re: Recordation of Copyright; and *Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers’ Account; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
Times Higher Education reports that “a group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first.
ScholarlyHub is trying to raise up to €500,000 (£446,000) in order to build a platform that would at once be a social network, publishing platform and repository…”
According to Library Technology Guide “Troy University is the first in Alabama to offer its researchers access to the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive®. Available to academic libraries through ProQuest, this fully streaming, primary-source archive includes more than 55,000 interviews with survivors of and witnesses to some of humanity’s most serious and solemn events, including the European Holocaust, the Nanjing, Rwandan, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides and contemporary antisemitism.
According to Intellectual Property Watch “the World Intellectual Property Organization has grasped the nettle after years of discussion on the issue of limitations and exceptions to copyright, and provided draft action plans, one each for libraries, archives, museums, educational research institutions, and persons with other disabilities than sight impairment. The plans, being discussed in this week’s committee meeting, include brainstorming sessions, studies, and regional seminars, and conferences to advance understanding and issues related to copyright for those particular actors.
Library Journal reports that “one of the newest courses on offer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is “MIT and Slavery,” collaboratively taught by Steven Craig Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History, and Nora Murphy, archivist for reference, outreach, and instruction…
While many colleges and universities have developed courses studying their institutions’ relationship to slavery, MIT’s is among the first to embed the class directly in the library…”
Today’s post focuses on what we learned from our community survey…”
In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “today, the U.S. Copyright Office published an interim rule amending its regulations concerning the recordation of transfers of copyright ownership, notices of termination, and other documents pertaining to copyright.
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- IMLS Funded Project, “Future Ready with the Library” Announces Second Cohort of 24 Participants;
- VitalSource and Al Manhal collaborate for increased access to digital learning materials in Middle East;
- Emerald Journal Collection Available on ScienceOpen
- AIP Publishing and AVS partner to launch eSpectra: Surface Science;
- Thieme to be new media partner of Germany’s leading nursing congress, the German Nursing Day:
- Digital Publishers Find Shared Purpose at W3C Publishing Summit;
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