Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries Must Reduce Collection Expenditures by $500,000 in FY 2021 and $500,000 in FY 2022
infoDOCKET reports that “to manage anticipated budget cuts, VCU Libraries is planning to cancel subscriptions to some journals and databases effective January 2021. At this stage in the process of selecting titles to retire, the collections department asks for feedback from the VCU academic community.
These cuts to the collection budget are due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Uncertainty about enrollment and government funding has required universitywide budget reductions…”
According to Publishers Weekly “In an interview with the ‘Financial Times,’ Thomas Rabe, chief executive at Penguin Random House’s parent company, Bertelsmann, said he was interested in buying Simon & Schuster. Meanwhile, sources confirmed that, at a recent town hall meeting, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray said HC was also looking into a deal for S&S…”
Publishers Weekly also reports that “A federal judge this week has ordered that the parties in a copyright infringement case filed by four major publishers against the Internet Archive be ready for trial by November of next year…”
Library Technology Guides reports that “the Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR) has released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). This free document is Phase I of a new, improved online readiness planning tool. As arts and cultural organizations prepare for and undertake safe re-opening steps, the PRR can be a critical element for the safety and security of visitors, artists and crew, staff and volunteers, as well as an organization’s physical assets, during COVID-19 and beyond…”
According to infoDOCKET The volunteers working on the End of Term (EOT) Web Archiving Project need your help to preserve the U.S. Federal Government .gov/.mil web domain for future generations.
Nominate your favorite .gov websites/documents/datasets, other Federal Government websites, or Governmental social media accounts with the End of Term Nomination Tool…”
infoDOCKET also notes that “a team of UConn faculty and staff have developed an open source web application called Sourcery to make it easier to access some of the world’s most sought-after archives and rare collections.
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- Oable, a workflow management tool for institutions engaging in Open Access activities, beta launches today