March 31, 2020

HathiTrust Announces Emergency Temporary Access Service

From HT: The Emergency Temporary Access Service permits special access for HathiTrust member libraries located in the U.S. that suffer an unexpected or involuntary, temporary disruption to normal operations, such as closure for a public health emergency, requiring the library to be closed to its patrons, or otherwise restrict print collection access services. The service makes it possible for […]

Report: “Video Conferencing Apps Surge from Coronavirus Impact”

From an AppAnnie Blog Post: ZOOM Cloud Meetings topped downloads charts globally throughout February and March, and downloads continue to see elevated downloads through the US, UK and Europe. During the week of March 15-21, ZOOM Cloud Meetings was downloaded 14x more than the weekly average during Q4 2019 in the US, 20x more in the UK, 22x […]

Roundup (March 31, 2020)

arXiv Announces New COVID-19 Quick Search Biodiversity Heritage Library Records Now Available in WorldCat From Open Access to Open Science, PLOS Biology is Leading Change Yale Science and Social Science Library Has a New Endowment — and a New Name (via Yale News)

University of California Issues Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations

From the Office of Scholarly Communication, U. of California: On March 25, 2020, the University of California issued a Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The systemwide policy, which aligns with those already in place at individual UC campuses, “requires theses or dissertations prepared at the University to be (1) deposited into an […]

Report: “New York Attorney General Looks Into Zoom’s Privacy Practices”

More New Reports  Zoom Meetings aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing (via The Intercept) Zoom Sued for Allegedly Illegally Disclosing Personal Data (1) (via Bloomberg) Hackers Take Advantage of Zoom’s Popularity to Push Malware (via Bleeping Computer) From The NY Times: Zoom, the videoconferencing app whose traffic has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, is under scrutiny by […]

cOAlition S Responds to Open Access Publishers’ Statement on Transformative Agreements

From cOAlition S Statement cOAlition S has taken good note of the position paper by five fully Open Access publishers that criticizes the low transformational potential of Transformative Agreements, while calling for prioritizing support mechanisms for native Open Access publications and alternative peer-review platforms. ESAC has recently published a response clarifying the nature and function of Transformative Agreements. […]

Research Article (Preprint): “State of Open Access Penetration in Universities Worldwide”

The following research article (preprint) was recently shared on arXiv. Title State of Open Access Penetration in Universities Worldwide Authors Nicolas Robinson-Garcia TU Delft Rodrigo Costas Leiden University Stellenbosch University Thed N. van Leeuwen Leiden University Source via arXiv Abstract The implementation of policies promoting the adoption of an Open Science culture must be accompanied […]

Ontario: 3D Printers From the Brock University Library Makerspace Being Used to Create Face Shields For Paramedics

From The Standard: With a huge international demand for protective equipment and a limited number of manufacturers to supply it, Niagara’s paramedics are getting help from an unlikely source — Brock University’s library. Brock’s head of library systems and technology Jonathan Younker said the university is using the 3D printers in the Brock Library Makerspace […]

National Library of Medicine (NLM) is Beginning the Migration Process From Voyager ILS to Alma LSP from Ex Libris

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: As part of the modernization of NLM’s infrastructure, we will be replacing the Voyager Integrated Library System with the Library Services Platform, Alma. Voyager was implemented at NLM in 1998 for library management operations, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, circulation, and preservation. For enhanced integration of, and […]

Knowledge Unlatched Renews Two Successful Open Access Collections

From KU: Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the international initiative for Open Access (OA), is pleased to announce renewals of two successful Open Access collections from 2017, both of which were launched as pilot projects for three-year funding models: Language Science Press (LSP) Books and KU Select 2017 HSS Journals. The two collections garnered significant support from […]