ATG News & Announcements 6/13/18

by | Jun 13, 2018 | 0 comments

ARL News reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is profoundly disappointed with the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the Open Internet Order, which takes effect today, June 11, 2018. ARL is calling on the House of Representatives to reverse the FCC’s decision and restore net neutrality, a bedrock of equitable access to information.


According to KnowledgeSpeakFlorida State University has entered into negotiations with publisher Elsevier to see how it can resolve a pricing issue. Back in April, FSU announced that it would not renew a so-called ‘big deal’ with Elsevier in 2019, due to its high cost, and would instead subscribe to a subset of the most-needed journals. The university’s move represents the latest example of academic libraries walking away from these comprehensive and expensive subscriptions, which include all or most of a publisher’s catalogue, and instead signing up for la carte titles…”


infoDOCKET reports that the “Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 31 grants totaling $4,093,283 for projects in 15 states. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

A complete list of new grants is available online.


Also according to infoDOCKET the Software Heritage archive has opened its doors “to the public (the slides of the presentation are online). You can now look at what we archived, exploring the largest collection of software source code in the world: you can explore the archive right away, via your web browser. If you want to know more, an upcoming post will guide you through all the features that are provided and the internals backing them…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “on a new EIFL Blog Post, Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, provides a look at what took place during the recent WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 36th Session.


According to ACRL Insider “ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

For the second year, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed…

More details about the Annual Conference program process, including a link to the proposal site, are available on the ACRL website.”


ACRL Insider also notes that “as part of the ACRL initiative to develop an actionable research agenda on the research environment and scholarly communication system, researchers Rebecca R. Kennison and Nancy L. Maron are conducting several online focus groups to ensure in particular that members of underrepresented groups—across a variety of institutional types—will have the opportunity to share their perspective with the researchers. Although we wish to hear in particular from these groups, we welcome participation from anyone.


According to Good e-Reader “the Authors Guild is rolling out 14 regional chapters to host a variety of programs serving members in their local writing communities.  They will primarily be based in metropolitan cities, but will eventually expand to smaller markets…”

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