ATG News You Need to Start the Week 4/13/20

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UNC Chapel Hill Cancels Big Deal With Elsevier

Inside Higher ED reports that The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will not renew its bundled journal subscription deal with publisher Elsevier.

Elaine Westbrooks, university librarian at UNC Chapel Hill, tweeted yesterday that the two parties failed to reach a deal after more than a year of negotiation. The institution’s current subscription package with instant access to around 2,000 journals is set to expire April 30…”

State University of New York Steps Away From the “Big Deal” with Elsevier [SUNY Libraries Consortium]

According to the SUNY Libraries Consortium “the State University of New York (SUNY) has opted not to renew its “big deal” with Elsevier for ScienceDirect in favor of a short list of titles to which campuses across the system will have access While both parties negotiated in earnest and tried to come to acceptable terms for SUNY to maintain access to the full ScienceDirect package, in the end there was considerable disagreement around the value proposition of the “big deal”…”

Library Publishing Coalition Releases “Library Publishing Research Agenda” & “Library Publishing Competencies”

infoDOCKET reports that “two new documents were published today (April 9, 2020) by the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Below are excerpts from two LPC Blog posts by Melanie Schlosser along with links to access each document…

“Out of the Archives, Onto Zoom: Some Early Notes on Teaching Online with Special Collections in a Time of Quarantine”

infoDOCKET cites a Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale University) Blog Post noting that “with colleagues throughout the Yale University Library, and across the university, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library staff have been working to assist Yale faculty and students in the extraordinary efforts to transition rapidly to online teaching and learning for academic continuity through the remainder of the spring semester…
The following offers some insights from the first two weeks of the effort to take courses using library special collections “out of the archives, onto Zoom…”

Metadata: Free Public Data File of 112+ Million Crossref Records Now Available

Also according to infoDOCKET, Crossref is aware that “A lot of people have been using our public, open APIs to collect data that might be related to COVID-19. This is great and we encourage it. We also want to make it easier. To that end we have made a free data file of the public elements from Crossref’s 112.5 million metadata records. The file (65GB, in JSON format) is available via Academic Torrents here:

Publishing’s First Quarter in 2020: A Good Start, Then the Virus

Publishers Weekly notes that “publishing sales got off to a decent start in 2020, with both NPD BookScan and the Association of American Publishers reporting increases in January sales over the first month of 2019. But as the new coronavirus increased its grip on the country’s economy sales softened, and the business outlook for the second quarter is, at best, uncertain…..”


Emerald Publishing has created a webpage of freely available resources entitled: Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society.
JSTOR’s Managing Director, Laura Brown, Announces Retirement; Will Begin a Part -Time Role at ITHAKA This Month
Health on the Shelf: Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) Publishes New Report Examining the Health & Wellbeing Offer Available in Scotland’s Public Libraries
Around ACRL- Biweekly Update : April 10, 2020
BISG Examines Publishing Supply Chain During Covid-19
Institutional Readiness to Adopt Fully Online Learning

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