ATG News & Announcements 3/9/18

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NLM & NIH release strategic plans;  *New Survey Findings From Pew Research: Nearly One-in-Five Americans Now Listen to Audiobooks; Print Continues as Most Popular Format;  *The Internet Archive Receives Mellon Foundation Grant For “Ensuring the Persistent Access of Long Tail Open Access Journal Literature” Research Project;  *International Alliance of Research Libraries (IARLA) Releases Values Statement;  *University of Missouri System and McGraw-Hill Education in deal to expand access to affordable course materials;  *NISO Transfer standing committee; and *Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018 Highlights Balance in the Copyright System plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

It’s a busy and exciting time for the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

This week we released NLM’s strategic plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.  Concurrently the National Institutes of Health announced a draft Strategic Plan for Data Science. The intersection of these two important documents demonstrates the alignment of the NLM vision within the overall thrust at NIH to transform discovery into health…

infoDOCKET cites a Pew Research “Fact Tank” Post  that “about three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a research and development grant to the Internet Archive to address the critical need to preserve the “long tail” of open access scholarly communications. The project, Ensuring the Persistent Access of Long Tail Open Access Journal Literature, builds on prototype work identifying at-risk content held in web archives by using data provided by identifier services and registries.

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) (a platform for collaboration amongst its five members [Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Research Libraries UK (RLUK)]) “has developed a values statement which reaffirms longstanding library values, and those that make research libraries unique…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “learning science company McGraw-Hill Education and the University of Missouri System have announced a new agreement that will increase student access to affordable course materials, lowering the cost of all McGraw-Hill Education electronic textbooks by an additional 38 percent to meet the University’s definition of low cost. McGraw-Hill Education will offer its entire higher education eBook catalogue through the university’s AutoAccess program.

The NISO Transfer standing committee is seeking a librarian (librarians working outside of the U.S. preferred) to participate in the standing committee. The committee governs the Transfer Code of Practice. The code contains best practice guidelines for the scholarly journal community to help ensure that journal content remains accessible when it transfers from one party to another…  If you are interested in being considered, please send your contact information and a short statement about your professional experience and interest in the committee to Nettie Lagace (, NISO’s Associate Director, Programs.

ARL News notes that “the fifth annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week took place February 26–March 2, 2018, growing to 153 participating organizations—as well as numerous individuals—celebrating the important and flexible doctrines of fair use and fair dealing worldwide. This year’s event was organized by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participants included universities, libraries, library associations, and many other organizations, such as Authors Alliance, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the R Street Institute, and Re:Create. Sixty ARL member institutions contributed a wide range of resources this year…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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