ATG News & Announcements 2/15/18

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Corporate Committee for Library Investment issues statement in response to White House 2019 budget proposal;  *Researchers debate whether journals should publish signed peer reviews;  *Society for Scholarly Publishing launches new microsite for 2018 to celebrate 40th anniversary;  *Taylor & Francis Introduces New Data Sharing Policies;  *University of Minnesota and Michigan St. University Launch SCOTUS Notes, Crowdsourcing Project Will Transcribe Supreme Court Justices’ Handwritten Notes;  *ARL Condemns ADA Amendment That Would Impede Timely Information Access;  *Protecting Your Pages with Policy;  and *OASPA Endorses the Declaration on Research Assessment plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Library Technology Guides reports that “the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), an organization of more than 90 U.S. corporations united to support federal library funding, believes that the proposed cuts to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) damage critical economic and educational infrastructure. We urge Congress to restore full federal funding for America’s libraries in the FY2019 budget…”

Science reports that last week at a meeting of scientists, academic publishers, and funding organizations there was agreement that “journals should start routinely publishing the text of peer reviews for each paper they accept. But there was little consensus on whether reviewers should have to publicly sign their critiques, which traditionally are accessible only to editors and authors…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Society for Scholarly Publishing, through the 40th Anniversary Task Force, has launched a new microsite for 2018 to celebrate SSP’s 40th anniversary. As part of a year-long celebration, the website,, will feature photos, documents, and news from SSP’s archives as well as interviewers with long time members of the SSP community…”

infoDOCKET reports that Taylor and Francis have established “new policies aim to promote increased sharing of data to improve the robustness of the entire research process, supporting transparency, reproducibility, and replicability of results.

Data citation capabilities will be introduced, enabling researchers to get and give credit for their valuable data findings. Where authors share data, they will be required to include a data availability statement, which will improve the discoverability of their research…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “a new crowdsourcing project led by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University allows you “to to be a fly on the wall during deliberations by U.S. Supreme Court justices or travel back in time to witness Supreme Court decisions.

The project, named SCOTUS Notes, is the newest citizen science project under the Zooniverse platform originated at the University of Minnesota…”

According to Information Today “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is criticizing the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620), which Congress plans to vote on today, Feb. 15. “This bill, if passed, would roll back the civil rights of 57 million Americans with disabilities,” says ARL. “The legislation would require a person who encounters an access barrier to send a written notice to the business owner and allow 60 days for an acknowledgement plus another 120 days for the business to make progress on rectifying the access barrier.” This requirement “would severely hamper equitable and timely access, which are core values of the library profession…”

American Libraries notes that “the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) introduced its new Selection and Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, and Academic Libraries at the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver on February 10. The session was part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries…”

Information Today also notes that “The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has formally endorsed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), “a cross-disciplinary global initiative seeking to improve the ways in which scholarly research outputs are evaluated.” It has more than 11,000 individual and 445 organizational signatories so far, such as the Wellcome Trust, PLOS (Public Library of Science), eLife, and F1000. DORA acknowledges the limitations of the Journal Impact Factor and encourages scholarly outputs to be accurately measured…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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