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…”
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…”
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…”
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…”
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)…”
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…
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- PW Talks with ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall
- Blockchain Publisher Platform Civil To Shut Down
- North Carolina Institute of Medicine selects HighWire to host its flagship journal for another 7 years
- EBSCO Information Services announces suite of resources for business studies from Harvard Business Publishing
- IOP Publishing joins Researcher to keep academics on top of leading physics research
- cOAlition S Contributes to UNESCO Consultation for a Standard-Setting Instrument on Open Science
- JISC selects MyScienceWork as official supplier of research outputs repository systems
- The 2020 Lambda Literary Award winners are here.
- Books about race and racism are dominating bestseller lists
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.