ATG News You Need to Start the Week 1/13/20

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DPLA and BiblioLabs partner to provide unprecedented statewide ebooks access

“According to this press release, “the Digital Public Library of America has partnered with BiblioLabs to offer libraries the ability to license a growing collection of more than 16,000 ebooks, including independent author collections and titles from a number of major publishers, using a simultaneous multi-use model that allows an unlimited number of patrons to borrow books at the same time…”

Springer Nature and Germany´s Projekt DEAL finalise world´s largest transformative Open Access agreement

According to this press release “Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH on behalf of Projekt DEAL today announce that the formal contract for the world’s largest transformative Open Access (OA) agreement to date has been signed. Dated 1 January 2020, the agreement provides OA publishing services and full reading access to Springer Nature journals to scholars and students from across the German research landscape…”

ALA Rethinks ‘Free Speech Zone’

Inside Higher Ed reports that “the American Library Association raised eyebrows last week with a proposal to create a “designated area for the expression of social beliefs” at its upcoming midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. On its event website, the ALA said it would create a space called “the square” to “allow individuals or groups the opportunity to express support for or objection to self-identified topics.”

The UK Government’s Social Media Web Archive is Now Fully Searchable

infoDOCKET reports that the social media archive of The National Archives/UK Government Web Archive “is now the first of its kind in the UK to feature a search function, allowing users to easily navigate our growing collection of tweets, Flickr images and YouTube videos from a range of central government departments and arm’s-length bodies…”

Scotland: World’s Largest Golf Library to be Created in St Andrews

infoDOCKET also notes that “renowned golf book collector and IMG vice-chairman Alastair Johnston has gifted his extensive library to The R&A in St Andrews to establish the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of golf books, which will be named the Alastair J Johnston Library…”

Free to Use and Reuse: Maps of Discovery and Exploration

According to the Library of Congress Blog “exploration into the unknown — when much of the world’s surface was not accurately mapped — is the theme of this month’s edition of the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets of copyright-free material. The collection is an eye-opening reminder that much of the globe was not recorded until late in the 19th century…”

Print Unit Sales Fell 1.3% in 2019

According to Publishers Weekly “after managing to eke out small annual gains over the past few years, unit sales of print books dipped 1.3% in 2019 compared to 2018 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units slipped to 689.5 million last year, down from 698.4 million the year before, according to BookScan, which tracks 80%–85% of print sales…”

NBCC Awards Finalists Announced

Publisher Weekly reports that “The National Book Critics Circle has announced 30 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the annual National Book Critic Circle Awards, which will be presented March 12 in New York…”

France’s Bookstore Report: A ‘Positive Assessment’ for 2019

Publishing Perspectives reports that the Syndicat—France’s booksellers’ association “has compiled L’Observatoire de la librairie, the key report on the country’s booksellers’ performance. Data from some 250 bookstores in France and Belgium goes into the report, and the association indicates that the participating retailers are “of all sizes, general and specialized, while the input of Librairies Indépendantes comes from a network of 3,500 French bookstores…”


Singapore’s National Library Board Begins Consultations for New 5-Year Plan

Research Tools: New Interactive Map Highlights Great Lakes Shipwrecks and their Lore

Self-Help Book Sales are Rising Fast in the US According to New Data From NPD Group

WI15: Bookshop Hopes to Change Bookish E-commerce

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