Universities, publishers agree on open-access deals;  *University Press of New England Will Shut Down;  *UC librarians begin contract negotiations for higher salaries;  *Australia: Queensland State Library Film Vault Preserving State’s Hidden Histories;  *U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Energy Release Online Public Dataset…  *Now Available Online (Beta): 16,000+ Classic BBC Archive Sound Effects, Free to Stream/Download/Use For Non-Commercial Purposes;  *Net Neutrality Highlighted in Research Library Issues;  *CAS signs multi-year agreement to provide SciFinder to scientists at ChemPartner;  and *ARTiFACTS and Blockchain in Healthcare Today partner to advance the use of blockchain in scholarly publishing plus More Library And Publishing News From A Variety Of Sources.


University World News notes that “despite some difficult negotiations, academic institutions in the Netherlands have been securing subscriptions that combine publishing and reading into one fee, with many universities pushing for scholarly journals to become open access, writes Diana Kwon for The Scientist.

Driven in part by the European Union’s mandate to make all scientific articles freely available by 2020, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), which represents 14 of the country’s academic institutions, has been negotiating new subscription deals with publishers…”


Inside Higher ED reports that “Dartmouth College announced this week that the University Press of New England will be shut down by the end of the calendar year.

The press was founded in 1970 as a consortium and once was supported by 10 colleges and universities. But for the last two years, the consortium has fallen in size to two: Brandeis University and Dartmouth College. Staff members at the press have been employed by Dartmouth, which also houses the operations.


According to the Daily Californian “a union representing UC librarians began contract negotiations with the UC Office of the President, or UCOP, on Tuesday, arguing for increased pay for librarians, among other demands…”


infoDOCKET reporting on the Queensland State Library’s Rescue program notes that “Margaret Warren, the library’s acting content management director, said many are home videos shot on hand-held cameras — but most of their contents remain a secret, even to her… The reels have been donated to the library from all over Queensland…”


Also according to infoDOCKET “the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset…”


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Over 16,000 classic BBC Archive sound effects and field recordings, from air raids to zebras, are available on the BBC Sound Effects Beta: http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk

FREE to listen or download and reuse for non-commercial purposes…”


According to ARL News “the latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) explores the implications of the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reversal of its Open Internet Order, with a focus on research libraries and their institutions and users. The reversal, which is set to go into effect on April 23, 2018, will likely undermine net neutrality by allowing internet service providers to block, delay, or prioritize specific content, as well as track, record, and resell usage data…”



ARTiFACTS and Blockchain in Healthcare Today partner to advance the use of blockchain in scholarly publishing

MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES