ATG News & Announcements 12/3/20
ACRL Insider reports that “the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list for 2020 has been announced. This prestigious list, released on December 1, reflects the best scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year, as chosen by the editors. This year’s list features 531 books and digital resources from 123 publishers. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award list was completed on schedule and to the same high standard expected from Choice…”
Information Today notes that a number of sources including Shelf Awareness have reported that ReedPop retired “BookExpo, BookCon and Unbound, effective immediately.” ReedPop is quoted as saying, “With continued uncertainty surrounding in-person events at this time, the team has concluded that the best way forward is to retire the current iteration of events as they explore new ways to meet the community’s needs through a fusion of in-person and virtual events that will reach larger audiences than they ever could before.”
Information Today also references articles regarding this news in Publishers Weekly, Publishing Perspectives, The Digital Reader and the AP.
Amazon and DPLA in “Active Discussions” to Make Amazon Publishing eBook Titles Available to Libraries
According to infoDOCKET “… Michele Kimpton, director of business development and senior strategist at the DPLA, said Amazon has been in discussions with the group since the summer about making their published e-books available.
If a deal is reached, the DPLA would be able to provide Amazon’s digital content for libraries across the nation to license through the DPLA’s content exchange platform, Kimpton said…”
According to ARL News, the new issue of Research Libraries Issues (RLI) reflects a commitment on the part of ARL to deepened its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all it does… “offering a range of perspectives on how libraries and archives can create and sustain organizational change in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion…”
Report: “Google News Will Allow Free Access to Paywalled Articles From News Sites” (Not Yet Available in the U.S.)
Citing The Verge, infoDOCKET also reports that “ss part of its $1 billion investment in partnerships with news publishers, Google will start paying for some paywalled content for its News Showcase program. News Showcase, a new addition to Google News that launched in October, displays story panels curated by publishers — but its not available in the US yet.
According to KnowledgeSpeak “Elsevier, … has recently launched the English version of COVID-19: The Essentials of Prevention and Treatment. A digital version of the book is freely available to download on Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center.
Originally published in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Elsevier secured the rights to publish the important reference book in English at a time when knowledge sharing on preventing the spread of and treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus, subsequently named SARS-CoV-2, was at its most critical…”