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November 24, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature announces gold open access options for Nature journals from January 2021. Springer Nature announced that German authors would be able to publish their primary research open access in Nature and the Nature research journals, thanks to a ground-breaking agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library. Whilst highly effective in transitioning articles to open access, transformative agreements like this can be complicated and take time to put in place. In recognition of this, Springer Nature today announces that authors seeking to publish OA in Nature and the Nature research journals will no longer have to wait. [Full Announcement].

November 23, 2020

PTFS Europe The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has recently selected Koha open source LMS for their new library system. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining chose Koha for its new library management system earlier this year with PTFS Europe providing implementation, on-going hosting and support services. [Full Announcement].

November 19, 2020

OCLC REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on five common building materials. The REALM project has released results from the sixth round of tests conducted in a Battelle laboratory that determined how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can remain active on five materials commonly used in furnishings, exhibits, and equipment found in museums, libraries, and archives. The tests examined architectural glass, marble, countertop laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. Samples of each material were inoculated with active virus, allowed to dry, and then placed in an environmentally controlled chamber with no outside light or air. Results show that after two days, SARS-CoV-2 virus was no longer detectable on the brass and marble. After six days, virus was not detected on the glass, laminate, and powder-coated steel. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2020

NISO NISO voting members approve work to update Journal Article Versions (JAV). The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that their Voting Members have approved a new work item to update the 2008 Recommended Practice, NISO RP-8-2008, Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group. A NISO Working Group is being set up, and work is expected to begin in early 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 17, 2020

Portage. CARL Portage Funds Scholars Portal Dataverse to Acquire Repository Storage for Canadian Research Data. Scholars Portal Dataverse, hosted at the University of Toronto Libraries, and CARL Portage are pleased to announce the acquisition of over 275 TB of storage to provide Canadian libraries with increased storage capacity for research data. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC, Washington State University are creating digital stewardship training courses for tribal libraries, archives, museums, and small public libraries. OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums, and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of cultural collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the successful Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are scheduled to launch in early 2022. OCLC and WSU are partnering on this project with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2020

NISO Margaret Sraku-Lartey Confirmed as Second NISO Plus 2021 Keynote. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that Margaret Sraku-Lartey, Principal Librarian at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), will be a keynote speaker at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually on February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

October 30, 2020

Lyrasis LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce Copyright Advisory Board Members. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the Advisory Board for the newly formed Virtual Copyright Education Center. As previously announced, LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are joining forces to pilot the new program which will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. [Full Announcement].

October 29, 2020

NISO Cory Doctorow to Keynote at NISO Plus 2021!. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that the well-known science fiction author, activist, and journalist, Cory Doctorow, will be a keynote at their next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

October 22, 2020

Wiley, Inc.. Thought Leaders Advocate for Open Research. John Wiley and Sons Inc., a leader in research and education, today introduced its Open Science Ambassador Program. The program acknowledges and supports Chinese thought leaders around the world who embrace open science principles and encourage a free exchange of ideas and collaboration within their communities. [Full Announcement].

October 19, 2020

ProQuest Panel will tackle challenges around global health, social justice and COVID-19. Is it possible to fight infectious disease like COVID-19 – and create a more just world in the process? The founders of Partners In Health, a nonprofit social justice organization with deep experience in treating infectious disease outbreaks globally, will tackle this question – and more – in a free virtual event hosted by EdTech leader ProQuest and documentary curator FILM PLATFORM. [Full Announcement].

October 14, 2020

OCLC REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on leather, summary of research. The REALM project has released results from the latest round of scientific tests to determine how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on materials found in archives, libraries and museums, along with a summary of published research to help inform these institutions as they reopen to the public. New lab test findings from Battelle show that the infectious virus survived through eight days on both natural leather and synthetic leather fabrics. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC signs agreements with publishers and other content providers worldwide. OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. [Full Announcement].

October 12, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Partners with Three Institutions to Develop Analytics Platform. EBSCO Information Services will partner with University of Denver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chalmers University of Technology to develop a next-generation analytics platform. The platform will combine and streamline data sets from library and campus systems, allowing library staff to demonstrate a library's impact while making informed decisions on collections and services. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox migrates Brookfield Public Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Equinox welcomes Brookfield Public Library to the Evergreen ILS with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Brookfield Public Library's move will support 1,116 patrons and encompass a total of 2,1307 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Remote training was also provided by Equinox. [Full Announcement].

October 8, 2020

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative Hosts Inaugural Public Library Leadership Council Event. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software kicked off a new group, the new Public Library Leadership Council, with an inaugural meeting held virtually on October 7 and 8. The mission of the PLLC is to exchange ideas for the advancement and future of public libraries across the world. [Full Announcement].

September 22, 2020

IOP Publishing. IOP Publishing launches first-of-its-kind peer review certification programme. IOP Publishing is revolutionising peer review learning with the launch of the world's first peer review certification programme dedicated to the physical sciences. ‘Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification' will give early career researchers the ability to review with confidence, increasing trust and standardising the quality of the process. Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification, which launches this week to coincide with Peer Review Week, is completely free and offers a blend of digital learning with the opportunity to review a manuscript in real time, under the tutelage of experienced editors and reviewers of IOPP journals. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC and LIBER announce joint discussion series on Open Science. OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local, national, and global levels. [Full Announcement].

September 11, 2020

AIP Publishing. IReL Signs Multi-Year Transformative Agreement with AIP Publishing. AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce a multi-year Read and Publish agreement with IReL, the Irish e-resources licensing consortium for leading higher education institutions in Ireland. [Full Announcement].

September 3, 2020

OCLC Scientists find virus still detectable after six days on four common library materials when stacked. Scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is still detectable after six days on four common library materials when they are stacked, which is a significantly longer attenuation period than had been detected on similar materials when they were not stacked. [Full Announcement].

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