– ATG News & Announcements 10/23/20 –
According to this announcement the Initiative for Open Abstracts “is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, researchers and other interested parties to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world’s scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters, in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible. I4OA calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their published works, and where possible to submit them to Crossref.”
InfoDOCKET notes that “American consumers are increasingly concerned about privacy and data security when purchasing new products and services, which may be a competitive advantage to companies that take action towards these consumer values, a new Consumer Reports study finds…”
The Library of Congress Blog announces that LC is providing “dozens of Free to Use and Reuse sets of autumn and Halloween copyright-free images from the Library’s vast collections of prints and photographs for you to use in any way, as cheerful or chilling as you wish. They’re part of the Library’s storehouse of images and we group some of them in sets, such as classic movie theaters, travel posters, weddings, genealogy, discovery and exploration and so on…”
Information Today reports that “Cambridge University Press announced that it “will request the majority of its journals be given Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S as part of a commitment to transition them to full Open Access.” This means that the share of published OA articles will increase each year until it reaches 75%, at which point, publishing will be fully OA. The organization “also pledge[s] to actively promote the benefits of OA to authors to encourage take-up…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- Report: “Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field” published by the Educopia Institute.”
- Central European University Press Announces Innovative Open Access Funding Model: Project MUSE to Serve as Content Hosting Platform for New Initiative
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.