ATG News & Announcements 4/26/18

by | Apr 26, 2018 | 0 comments

FSU cancels Elsevier Big Deal;  *Net neutrality protections still in place (for now); ALA releases new FAQ;  *A New Bill Released Today by Two U.S. Senators: “Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act of 2018″;  *Library of Congress and Bibliothèque Nationale de France Announce Collaboration on International Digital Content;  *E-book Sales Fell 10% in 2017;  *Taylor and Francis and Cambridge University Press join Blockchain for peer review project; and  *Keeping Up With… Research Data Management now available; plus MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES

According to the FSU Library website “the Florida State University Libraries, after long deliberation, are planning to cancel FSU’s comprehensive “big deal” subscription to Elsevier journals. Instead, the Libraries will subscribe to a subset of most-needed journals, as identified by faculty and usage statistics. This change will take place in January 2019…”

District Dispatch notes that “the FCC published its new net neutrality rules in the Federal Register in late February. This publication usually sets the clock ticking for the 60 days from which new regulations will take effect. In this case, however, the FCC must first get approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), then publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and announcing the effective date for when net neutrality protections will end. That date is still unknown…”

infoDOCKET reports that “Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, and John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, released a sweeping new bill that, if passed, would impose strong new regulations on companies like Facebook and Google that collect data on users…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), today announced a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the BnF to provide digital content for a new online space for collections relating to shared French-American history. The initiative will also be supported by other U.S. organizations, including the National Archives…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes in its News Round-up this article in Publishers Weekly that reports “unit sales of traditionally published e-books fell 10% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to figures released by PubTrack Digital, part of the NPD book group. The service, which tracks sales from about 450 publishers, said e-book unit sales hit 162 million last year, down from 180 million units in 2016…”

According to Library Technology Guides “two more publishers have joined the initiative, announced in March 2018, which focuses on the problems of research reproducibility, recognition of reviewers and the rising burden of the peer-review process. The project will develop a protocol where information about peer review activities (submitted by publishers) are stored on a blockchain…”

ACRL Insider reports that “The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Research Data Management by Cathryn F. Miller, Rebekah S. Miller, and Gesina A. Phillips…”



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