ATG News & Announcements 7/31/20

by | Jul 31, 2020 | 0 comments

Harvard’s Houghton Library is Pausing All Digital Projects During 2020‒21 Academic Year to Focus Solely on Building a Digital Collection Related to Black American History

According to infoDOCKET “… for the 2020‒21 academic year, Houghton will pause all digital projects to focus solely on building a digital collection related to Black American history. Digital Collections Program Manager Dorothy Berry will lead a team in digitizing and making discoverable thousands of materials for the online collection, called “Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom: Primary Sources from Houghton Library…”

Research Tools: COVID-19 Map Explorer Provides Access to Dozens of Datasets From Over 20 Sources

Citing the Centre for Humanitarian Data infoDOCKET notes that “about one-third of the 17 million global COVID-19 cases are coming from 63 countries that have a refugee or humanitarian operation. To help understand the progress of the virus and its impact on already vulnerable people in these locations, we have created a map explorer that brings together dozens of datasets from over 20 sources…”

Clarivate to Combine with CPA Global, Creating a World Leader in Intellectual Property Information and Services

Library Technology Guides reports that “Clarivate Plc … announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with CPA Global, a global leader in intellectual property (“IP”) software and tech-enabled services…The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close fourth quarter of 2020…”

Yale University Library Plans For a Reduced Collection Budget, E-Book Purchases Will Temporarily Have Priority Over Print

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “In response to a university-mandated budget reduction, the library will strategically reduce spending on books, journals, databases, special collections, and other research materials for the coming year.  The changes have been carefully structured to minimize the impact on teaching and research.

Italy’s Publishers Hail New €10 Million Fund for Small Presses

According to Publishing Perspectives “even as Europe’s reported contraction is analyzed by economists, Italy’s new support for small publishers adds to an improving outlook for the book business, says the publishers’ association.


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