ATG News & Announcements 6/6/20

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ARL, ACRL, Oberlin Group of Libraries Urge Library Vendors to Continue Free Access

ACRL Insider has posted this joint statement released by ACRL ,ARL and the Oberlin Group of Libraries: “The academic library community appreciates the ways that library vendors and service providers have made electronic resources freely and openly available to support the acute global response to COVID-19 … We urge all library resource and service providers to continue to offer free and open access to as many scholarly resources as possible; to offer subscription renewals with no price increases; and to continue to work with the library community to minimize the impact of the current crisis on our communities, including the significant inequities in access to resources that have been highlighted by the shift to remote work…”


Preprints account for one quarter of COVID-19 research, says new Digital Science report

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Digital Science, … has released a report highlighting the global research landscape trends and cultural changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic…

The report ‘How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture analyses publication trends, regional focal points of research, collaboration patterns, and top institutional producers of research in COVID-19… According to the report, as of June 1, 2020, there have been upwards of 42,700 scholarly articles on COVID-19 published, 3,100 clinical trials, 420 datasets, 270 patents, 750 policy documents, and 150 grants. Preprints have rapidly established as a mainstream research output and a key part of COVID-19 research efforts…”


Coronavirus Impact: Italy’s Publishers Keep the Pressure on the Government

Publishing Perspectives reports that ” The chief of the Italian publishers association tells Rome that its support for badly damaged cultural organizations is not enough: A family allotment for cultural spending is the next ask…”


Elsevier offers open access to over 60 carefully selected journal articles and book chapters to raise awareness on climate action and biodiversity

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak, “Elsevier has launched a free access special issue of curated content focused on biodiversity in recognition of World Environment Day.

Consisting of journal articles and book chapters supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this free resource is intended to further new research and to raise awareness around this year’s theme on biodiversity (#ForNature). The public can access the special issue by visiting the RELX SDG Resource Centre…”


An International Source of COVID-19 content from across Scientific American’s International Network

According to this press release “Scientific American’s international network of magazines has launched a public webpage that combines COVID-19 stories from five of its publications: https://sciam.international/coronavirus/. This source brings readers the latest science news and expert analysis on this pandemic in one place—from the biology of the virus to the treatment of the disease and the psychological, social and environmental consequences. All of the content is free to access…”


New York’s Publishers Won’t Reopen Until September

Publishers Weekly reports that “None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a PW survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.

For the most part, they see the week of Labor Day as a target, but acknowledged that date may not be realistic. Several said they see a limited reopening coming after Labor Day (which is September 7 this year)…”


IFLA Condemns the Destruction of the Library of the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela

infoDOCKET reports that “IFLA has responded with sadness to the destruction of the Central Library of the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, and calls on the Venezuelan government and others to do more to protect libraries…

Coming in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a period of intense economic difficulty for many, this is an additional blow to the staff, university community and country as a whole… As set out through UNESCO’s Unite for Heritage campaign, such destruction causes losses not just in material terms, but also lasting social and cultural damage…

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