ATG Caught My Eye 9/10/20

by | Sep 10, 2020 | 0 comments

  • IOP Moves to Universal Double-blind Peer Review: An Interview with Kim Eggleton is a Scholarly Kitchen post in which Rick Anderson interviews Kim Eggleton of the Institute of Physics (IOP). The interview focuses on the publisher’s recently announced move to “100% double-blind peer review.” the interview also highlights “countervailing trends in the scholarly communication ecosystem” where some publishers are moving toward “more open peer review”, while others move toward “maximally blind peer review.”
  • How your library will benefit from linked data is a post by OCLC’s John Chapman in which he offers his take on why a project fueled by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to explore “new ways to create and share information about their collections” will help libraries. “Even more importantly, he claims “they also signal a shift in how the library community can work together to build on each other’s work.” He goes on to note that the “new methods” being explored are commonly referred to as “linked data”.
  • Library pandemic restrictions showcase the importance of digital collections and the advantages of open access is by Pablo Markin, Australian National University who starts his post with some impressive statistics. He notes that “while registering more than 4.6 million downloads of its Open Access publications in 2019, the Australian National University (ANU) Press has experienced an average 44% increase in its monthly download numbers from March 2020, as COVID-19 lockdowns have become enforced around the world. Similarly, in May 2020, the Natural History Museum (NHM) in the United Kingdom (UK) has registered a staggering increase in individual record and dataset downloads of 52% and 38% respectively, which amounted, in absolute terms, to 379.69 millions records and 7,328 datasets in this period alone…”
  • 12 Tips For Building Your Digital Law Library In The Age Of COVID-19  obviously deals with law library collections. But a number of the “tips” provided by author Jean O’Grady, in this Above the Law post, have broader application. Noting that the pandemic has only accelerated the shrinking of print collections, Ms. O’Grady lists and discusses what she sees as the 12 Building Blocks Of A Digital Library. Her ideas will strike a chord with a number of academic librarians.


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