ATG News and Announcements 5/20/20

by | May 20, 2020 | 0 comments

ACRL, ARL, ODLOS, and PLA Announce Joint Cultural Competencies Task Force

According to ACRL InsiderACRL, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the formation of the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force.

The task force is charged to create a framework for cultural proficiencies in racial equity that can be used in public and academic libraries through: …”

Springer Nature Becomes Largest Research Publisher to Sign DORA Principles

infoDOCKET reports that “Springer Nature has extended its commitment to ensuring that the impact and quality of research is assessed in a balanced and fair way by formally signing up as to the principles outlined in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, commonly known as DORA. In doing so, Springer Nature becomes the first large research publisher to sign the declaration and commit its entire owned journal portfolio to providing a number of metrics so that research can be assessed fairly…”

EarthArXiv Announces New Partnership with California Digital Library to Host Earth Sciences Preprint Service

Also according to infoDOCKET “The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL…”

Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services

According Director Patti Brennan, the U.S. National Library of Medicinehas been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We were fortunate to receive $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak…”

ebook sales declined 5.7% in first 3 months of 2020

Good e-Reader reports that “In the first 3 months of the year ebooks fell 5.7%, and the format made $232 million in sales. One of the reasons why ebooks are sluggish this year is due to the rise in audiobooks and the resurgence of print. Physical paper formats in the Trade category increased 1.2%, accounting for $411 million, or 73.4% of the category’s revenue in March. In total, Trade sales were up 2.6%, totaling $1.67 billion for the first three months of 2020.

New From Educopia: “A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure” by David Lewis

InfoDOCKET also notes that a new publication entitled Bibliographic Scan by David W. Lewis is available from Educopia. It “provides an extensive literature review and overview of today’s digital scholarly communications ecosystem, including information about 206 tools, services, and systems that are instrumental to the publishing and distribution of the scholarly record. The Bibliographic Scan includes 67 commercial and 139 non-profit scholarly communication organizations, programs, and projects that support researchers, repositories, publishing, discovery, preservation, and assessment…”


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