Blockchain to help scholarly publishing fight fraud;  *IFLA Releases Global Vision Report Summary;  *Two New Videos Re: Copyright Reform in Europe;  *Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy;  *Mentors Needed for Spectrum Scholars;  *Supporting quality information: Libraries and publishers dialogue;  *Libraries need to evolve to bridge the gap between digital and physical experiences, reveals UTS and Civica research;  *Knowledge Unlatched: 1,250 Titles Submitted, 17 New Publishers On Board; and *Who Stole 314 Items From the Carnegie Library Rare Books Room? plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to Chemistry World “A new publishing system that uses the underlying technology behind the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin promises to solve some of academia’s thorniest problems.

The ARTiFACTS platform, which launched yesterday, wants to help researchers share data and files to make reproducing work simpler. It also keeps track of author attributions and creates a record of time-stamped research documents…”


infoDOCKET reports that “IFLA’s eagerly-awaited Global Vision Report Summary launches today, Monday 19 March, at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018, revealing incredible insights into the views of over 31,000 participants from 213 countries and territories and across all seven continents.


infoDOCKET has posted links to two videos that discuss copyright reform in Europe.


According to ACRL Insider “the ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. Developed by a joint ACRL/ RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force,  the new guidelines articulate the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively use primary sources and are applicable in multiple primary source learning situations with diverse instructor roles, audiences, and purposes…”


ACRL Insider also notes that “ACRL is encouraging academic librarians to mentor “an ALA Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program!

This program links library school students and new librarians who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians who provide mentoring…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries, recently held in London saw agreement on a number of these priorities. Participants came from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)


Library Technology Guides reports that “bridging the gap between online and physical experiences is a key challenge for libraries, reveals the latest Civica Changing LandscapeTM Report: the intrinsic value of libraries as public spaces – Physical-digital, communicating the new normal. The report was developed by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Civica, ,..”


The team of Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for the sustainable funding of Open Access (OA) models, is pleased to announce a further increase in support from publishers for its activities. In preparation of its fifth funding round, which for the first time contains content from all research disciplines covering the Humanities, the Social Sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) subjects, the team has just announced the current number of submissions and publisher partners.

“With 1,250 title submissions we have surpassed our own targets by far,” says Max Mosterd from Knowledge Unlatched…


infoDOCKET cites the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, noting that “valuable atlases, maps, and large plate books that show the colorful breadth of Western civilization have been stolen from the rare books room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, right under the gaze of Andrew Carnegie’s portrait…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources