ATG News & Announcements 8/28/20

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IOP Publishing’s Peer Review Motivation Report 2020 Finds a “Continued Global Imbalance in Distribution of Peer Review”

According to infoDOCKET “A new global peer review study from IOP Publishing has found that the imbalance in the distribution of peer review continues to be felt by Western and more experienced reviewers…”

“More than 1,200 reviewers from across the globe contributed to the report to provide rich and practical insights that will help improve the efficiency and quality of the peer review process.”


University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Must Reduce FY21 Scholarly Resources Budget by $445,000

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the global pandemic has impacted budgets across UMass, the Commonwealth, and the world. For the Libraries, the immediate need to reduce our budget comes on top of years of inflationary increases by scholarly publishers. Their practices have made it increasingly challenging for libraries and universities worldwide to provide needed resources for our faculty and students…”


SPARC Europe launches large-scale Open Education initiative to share knowledge across countries

According to KnowledgeSpeakSPARC Europe is poised to embark on a new, two-and-a-half-year programme to grow Open Education (OE) capacity among libraries of higher education (HE) in Europe. The project will allow gaining a better understanding of the European HE library community’s needs and progress in OE, to share knowledge across countries, and to advocate for more OER, OE policy and open infrastructure. The work will contribute to the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation…”


American Chemical Society partners with PBS and YouTube for new video series

“The American Chemical Society (ACS), one of the largest Society publishers of science books and journals, has launched a new video series in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and YouTube Learning called Untold. The YouTube Learning channel partners with organizations such as NASA to promote education online, especially important for distance learning during the global pandemic…”


Over 100 Reels of Microfilmed Archives Documenting Women and Underrepresented Communities in Texas Visual Arts Will be Digitized, Made Available Online

Also according to infoDOCKET, “Thanks to a Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexTreasures grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), over 100 reels of microfilmed archives documenting women and underrepresented communities in Texas visual arts will be digitized and made accessible online…”

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