ACRL Gives Post-Conference Wrap-Up – Plus More ATG News & Announcements

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Academic librarians open up about openness and other challenging issues at ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference 

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2021 Virtual Conference was held April 13-16, 2021. The virtual conference attracted 3,660 registrants and exhibitors who explored the complex issues impacting the future of library service.
Themed “Ascending into an Open Future,” the virtual conference featured more than 300 programs showcasing the most current and relevant academic and research librarianship trends by boldly delving into such topics as open access, information literacy, collection development, collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and social justice.

Springer Nature Launches a New Book Format: AI-Based Literature Overviews

According to infoDOCKET “Following the publication of its first machine-generated book in 2019, Springer Nature has now deployed its AI expertise to create a new publication format which focuses on literature reviews. While the first book on lithium-ion batteries was entirely AI-based, this new format takes an innovative hybrid approach of blending human-machine interaction. The new product is a mixture of human-written text and machine-generated literature overviews, …”

AAP StatShot February Report: US Audiobooks and Ebooks Maintain Strength

Publishing Perspectives reports that “in January and February, ebooks were up 20.4 percent and downloadable audio was up 23.7 percent over 2020. Overall revenues were up 24.7 percent over February 2020….”
In addition, “Ebook revenues, the data tells us, were up 19.8 percent in February over the same month in 2020. The total revenue level in that case was US$99.3 million. And downloadable audio was up 27.8 percent in February 2021 over February 2020, at $71.7 million in revenue…”


Conferences, Meetings and Webinars

  • From the Other Side of the Pond: How US & UK University Libraries can learn from each otherDate: May 11 at 12:00 PM ET // 9:00 AM PT (Choice/ACRL Webinar) “US & UK Librarians could benefit from transatlantic information sharing of these responses, as many of the successful strategies from one country could be easily adapted for the other. This conversation will bring together librarians from both US and UK college libraries to discuss their recent innovations and how they can implement these strategies in their country.
  • Ohio Library Support Staff Institute 2021 May 10: Registration begins. Event dates: July 26 – 30. Online and free for the first time. All staff members – both in Ohio and beyond – are welcome to join in.


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