ATG News & Announcements – 1/15/21

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ATG News & Announcements – 1/15/21

MSU Libraries Join Other Big Ten Libraries to Create Collection Available to All Big Ten University Faculty, Staff, and Students

ARL Communications Day in Review notes that “in a historic and unprecedented maneuver for a group of independent universities, the University Library Deans and Directors of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) have committed to managing the separate collections of Big Ten university libraries as a single collection. As part of this effort, MSU Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. was appointed to the BIG Collection Steering Committee. The announcement was made by the Library Directors of the BTAA…” 

Shared Print Collaboration Expands in North America: CRL formally joins both The Partnership and the Rosemont Alliance

ARL Communications Day in Review also reports that “the Partnership for Shared Book Collections(link is external) (The Partnership), a federation of monograph shared print programs, and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance(link is external) (Rosemont Alliance), a collaboration of regional programs focused on preserving print serials and journals, are pleased to announce the growth and expansion of collaboration in shared print in North America. The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), …, has joined both The Partnership and the Rosemont Alliance. In addition, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, VIVA( link is external), has joined The Partnership, bringing 71 institutions of higher education to advance the vision of ensuring access and preservation to the book content of North America…”

2021 I Love My Librarian Award Recipients

ACRL Insider offers its “congratulations to academic librarians Jessica Bell, Sean Bird, Naomi Bishop, and Jianye He on being among the recipients of the 2021 I Love My Librarian Award. ALA received 1,865 nominations for this year’s award, which showcases the incredible achievements of librarians across the country. Hundreds of nominations focused on librarians’ swift and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from hosting virtual programs to distributing books and technology safely to those in need.

Wiley signs transitional Open Access Agreement with Iowa State University

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and Iowa State University have announced the signing of a three-year transitional open access agreement, among the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The agreement will advance Iowa State University’s goal to increase open access publishing and expand its open access offerings, allowing peer-reviewed articles to be read and shared immediately, and making important research broadly available…”

Boston Public Library Partners with Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to Make Historical Images Available For Use in Wikipedia; Single Largest Batch of Uploads Ever Contributed to Wikimedia Commons

According to infoDOCKET “in celebration of Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary on January 15th, Boston Public Library has uploaded more than 8,000 historical photographs from its archival collections to Wikimedia Commons. These images include some of the library’s most important photographic collections, and contribute to the single largest batch of uploads ever contributed to Wikimedia Commons. By uploading these public domain images, BPL is making them available so that they can be freely used to enhance Wikipedia articles, re-printed in publications, or incorporated in student projects and papers…”

Report: “Amazon Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over eBook Pricing”

Citing Andrew Albanese of Publishers Weekly infoDOCKET reports that “the law firm that successfully sued Apple and five major publishers for colluding to fix e-book prices in 2011 has now filed a class action suit against Amazon, accusing the company of colluding with the Big Five publishers to restrain price competition in the e-book market…”


OpenAthens joins the oldest and largest library association in the world


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