ATG News You Need to Start the Week 11/13/17

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Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and *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 GuideTroy 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…”

infoDOCKET cites an ORCID Blog Post by Alice Meadows that notes that two years after releasing their first community survey, ORCID is making available “our 2017 community survey covered much of the same ground and added some new questions. And we also carried out our first consortia survey this year, to find out more about the needs and expectations of our consortium lead organizations.

Today’s post focuses on what we learned from our community survey…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the British Library Labs Symposium 2017 took place on October 30, 2017 in London and 17 videos from the event are now available online…”

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.

According to Digital ReaderPearson has just informed its customers that it is shunting down its ebookstore at, and that it will be deleting purchased ebooks by 30 April 2018.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources




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