ATG News You Need to Start the Week 6/29/20

by | Jun 29, 2020 | 0 comments

Library of Congress FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community

According to this press release “the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public…”

The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

“The MIT Press announced today the launch of Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19), an open access, rapid-review overlay journal that will accelerate peer review of COVID-19-related research and deliver real-time, verified scientific information that policymakers and health leaders can use…”

Copyright Office Updates Proposed Rule Regarding Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

According to this announcement “The U.S. Copyright Office has updated its proposed rule providing for the mandatory deposit of certain electronic-only books with the Copyright Office for use by the Library of Congress. The proposed rule would make electronic-only books published in the United States subject to the Copyright Act’s mandatory deposit provisions if they are affirmatively demanded by the Office…”

Print Sales Enjoy an Unexpected High

According to Publishers Weekly “in early spring, when the Covid-19 pandemic forced most bookstores to close and disrupted print book sales through Amazon, no one could have predicted that by summer unit sales of print books would be up 1.4% for the year to date over the same period in 2019, nor that sales would hit a weekly high for the year. But that is what happened in the week ended June 20 …”

Penn State University Libraries: Labor Unions Digitized Collections Project Completed

According to infoDOCKET “Following three years of digitization and preparation, Penn State University Libraries has made available a vast collection of archival materials documenting the 20th-century American working-class experience, including the largest and most significant record series within the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) archives…”

Rice University: “Little Free Libraries on Campus Encourage ‘Fun’ Reading, Lifetime Learning Habits”

infoDOCKET notes that “a trio of new Little Free Libraries have been constructed in the heart of the Rice University campus and they’re already bursting with books to read.

The small libraries — imagine a birdhouse for books — are typically found in residential neighborhoods, and their tiny doors are always open to the public…”

EveryLibrary Institute Launches Count Week Project to Help Libraries Prove Their Value

Information Today reports that “the EveryLibrary Institute announced the following: “In collaboration with Counting Opinions, we are hosting the eMeasures Snapshot Survey and Count Week, a new reporting and comparison tool designed to capture your library’s digital activity and community contributions, along with several retrospective shutdown-specific questions…”


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