ATG News & Announcements – 1/22/21

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ATG News & Announcements – 1/22/21

New choice report studies academic collection development, reveals shift to ebooks

Library Technology Guides notes that “To better understand ebook collection development in academic libraries, Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), conducted a research study to shine a much-needed light on the ways academic libraries are responding to the increased demand for digital content. Highlights include data showing that ebooks are an established part of academic library collections, many academic librarians’ overarching acquisition model favors ebooks over print and both libraries and patrons have fully integrated ebooks into their workflows and practices…”
To view the full report, visit

Funding: Mellon Foundation and National Archives (NARA) to Support Expansion of Cultural Diversity in American History

According to infoOCKET “With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Archives will offer new grants aimed at expanding cultural diversity in American history. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) will manage the new grants program, funded at $2.35 million, for digital historical records projects.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Publishes First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

infoDOCKET also notes that “The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2…”

PLOS and the Big Ten Academic Alliance announce agreement to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing program

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have announced an agreement for BTAA members to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate the new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine without incurring fees. The BTAA and PLOS will also collaborate on future data, metrics, and tools for institutions to evaluate Open Access publishing agreements…”

AAP PROSE Awards: The 2021 Category Finalists

Publishing Perspectives reports that “From ‘Macbeth in Harlem’ to ‘Nitrogen Overload,’ and from ‘The Plasticity of Sex’ to ‘The Alchemy of Us,‘ the 2021 PROSE Awards longlist spotlights 130 titles in scholarly publishing…. Despite the name, these awards are not focused on prose but on scholarly publishing—the name stands for Professional and Scholarly Excellence…”

SPIE announces Read and Publish agreement with German National Library of Science and Technology

In addition KnowledgeSpeak reports that “SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced a three-year ‘Read and Publish’ agreement with the German National Library of Science and Technology.
The new agreement began on January 1, 2021. It incorporates read access to all SPIE journals and proceedings in the SPIE Digital Library that comprises more than 530,000 publications covering topical areas ranging from biomedical optics and neuroscience to physics and astronomy-related technology. In addition, the agreement includes unlimited, open-access publishing in SPIE journals with no article-processing fees for affiliated authors…”



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