COVID-19 Research Partnership to Inform Safe Handling of Collections, Reopening Practices for Libraries, Museums
According to this press release,”the Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with OCLC, Inc. and Battelle, announced a new collaboration to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19…” These organizations “have come together to help identify and respond to the needs of collecting institutions. Other federal contributors include the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives and Records Administration…”
Publishers Weekly has announced that “in addition to providing open access for all to the digital edition of the magazine and launching the #BooksAreEssential campaign, Publishers Weekly is maintaining a list of canceled events, impacted book industry functions and policies, and more on this list as a resource for navigating the new coronavirus and its impact on the industry. Please email our news team with updates or questions.
Research Information reports that “The Open Research Community (ORC), an interactive platform launched this week after a test phase, offers users the opportunity to expand their professional networks on the topics of open access (OA), open research and open science.
In addition to blog posts and up-to-date information in the form of policy papers and research reports, the ORC offers the opportunity to interact with other experts in the network (e.g., via video panels). An initiative of Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the ORC is free to use…”
According to Library Technology Guides “Eileen Lawrence has joined Coherent Digital, LLC, a new publishing company created with the mission to “tame wild content and make it useful.” She is an industry veteran who has worked with academic and public libraries since 1980; a cofounder of Alexander Street Press (ASP), where she was most recently Senior Vice President; and previously VP of Sales at Chadwyck-Healey, Inc.
According to Publishers Weekly “New Rivers Press will shut down operations in spring 2022, pending the Minnesota state legislature’s approval of the fiscal year 2022 budget proposed by Minnesota State University-Moorhead, New Rivers’s host institution. The planned closure of the press, which celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago, was announced by the university administration at a virtual town hall on April 15 for the entire campus community…”
Clarivate is Introducing New Open Access Data into Web of Science Journal Citation Reports, Feature Will Be in Beta Until Release of 2020 Journal Citation Reports in June
infoDOCKET reports that “Clarivate Analytics today announced the addition of open access data to Journal Citation Reports profile pages to increase transparency around open access models in scholarly publishing…”
Information Today reports that “the STM Publishing News Group announced that the European Commission and “several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, marks another milestone in the EU’s efforts to support researchers in Europe and around the world in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak…”
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.