ATG News & Announcements 12/21/19

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Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement

Library Technology Guides reports that “The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement…”

FY 2020 Library Budget Signed; Final Bill Includes Largest Funding Increase for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in 12 Years

infoDOCKET cites ALA and reports that “Congress provided the largest increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding in 12 years. The House- and Senate-approved final FY 2020 spending bills included $252 million for IMLS, a $10 million increase for an agency originally marked for elimination by the president…”

A Coalition of 125 Scientific Research and Publishing Organizations Express Opposition to Proposed Policy of Immediate Free Distribution of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Reporting on Federally Funded Research

infoDOCKET also reports that “in a new major letter signaling deep concern, more than 125 organizations – representing publishers in scientific and medical societies, global companies, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – have expressed their strong opposition to a proposed Administration policy that would mandate immediate free distribution of peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on federally funded research.

E-Book Resales Run Afoul of Copyright Law, EU Court Rules

According to the Courthouse News Service “E-books are not physical objects and therefore cannot be resold in Europe without the consent of the author, the European Court of Justice held Thursday. “Digital copies, unlike books on a material medium, do not deteriorate with use, and used copies are therefore perfect substitutes for new copies…”

A Slow Year for Publishing Mergers and Acquisitions

Publishers Weekly notes that “this year was generally a quiet one for mergers and acquisitions, but there was one notable exception: Elliott Advisors’ purchase of Barnes & Noble, valued at $683 million. With the acquisition, Elliott, the private equity firm that owns U.K. bookstore chain Waterstones, put Waterstones CEO James Daunt in charge of B&N.

The Vatican Library Goes Beyond Digitization to Deepen Access to 300 Rare Manuscripts

Also according to infoDOCKET “The Vatican Library (the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) recently launched Thematic Pathways on the Web, which drastically expands the traditional functionality of most digital libraries by offering narratives and over 26,000 annotations for exemplary manuscripts in its collection…”

Merchant Marine Records Document Maritime Service

According to News from the National Archive The public now has access to previously unavailable information concerning former merchant mariners and their maritime service through Merchant Marine Licensing Files, made available by the National Archives at St. Louis.


Peer J: Top Cited Papers of 2019

Auto-Graphics, Inc. awarded Indiana’s Statewide Resource Sharing contract for its statewide remote circulation service

Research Tools: U.S. Census Bureau Releases International Data Base 2019 Update

Pearson sells remaining stake in PRH, Fallon to depart

LibKey Discovery now integrated with WorldCat Discovery

Crowdfunding saved a small British publisher

Lucidea’s Year in Review: Product Enhancements, Artificial Intelligence, & New Books from Lucidea Press

Scholastic Reports Strong Q2 for Trade Books

Koha Community announces 19.11 Release

California Baptist University Adopts Ex Libris RapidILL System to Streamline Interlibrary Loan

The newest version of Library.Solution introduces the Inventory module

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