Open access books | Open research | Springer Nature

“Springer Nature publishes open access (OA) books and chapters under its SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan imprints. We helped to pioneer open access book publishing, first piloting open access publication for books in 2011. We publish open access books across a wide range of areas in science, technology, medicine (STM), and humanities and social sciences (HSS)….”

Proposed Priorities, Requirement, and Definitions-Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Open Textbooks Pilot Program

“The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education proposes priorities, requirement, and definitions for the Open Textbooks Pilot program conducted under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116T. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirement, and definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We intend this action to further develop and identify programs and practices that improve instruction and student learning outcomes, as well as increase access, affordability, and completion rates of students seeking postsecondary education degrees or other recognized credentials as a result of the development, enhancement, and use of open textbooks (as defined in this notice)….”

Proposed Priorities, Requirement, and Definitions-Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Open Textbooks Pilot Program

“The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education proposes priorities, requirement, and definitions for the Open Textbooks Pilot program conducted under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116T. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirement, and definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and later years. We intend this action to further develop and identify programs and practices that improve instruction and student learning outcomes, as well as increase access, affordability, and completion rates of students seeking postsecondary education degrees or other recognized credentials as a result of the development, enhancement, and use of open textbooks (as defined in this notice)….”

Free Access to Featured Collections on COVID-19

“COVID-19 has attracted widespread attention from experts, scholars and the public since its outbreak in December, 2019. In order to provide more information about this epidemic and relevant knowledge on disease protection, diagnosis and treatment, CNKI has cooperated with domestic publishers to present worldwide readers the latest books and audios of fighting against COVID-19 through CNKI-eBooks (Intl) platform….”

COVID-19 Response – AAP

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten and disrupt lives, publishers across all sectors are working tirelessly to ensure a seamless transition experience for readers of all ages.

These publishers already offer a robust variety of high-quality books, research journals, and education solutions through an equally robust variety of print, digital, and audiobook business models. Nevertheless, as the situation around COVID-19 continues to press demand, many leaders are doing more to assist avid book readers, teachers, students, researchers and medical professionals to obtain literature and resources, including as to the novel coronavirus itself.

Publishers are committed to helping booksellers (see here).  If you’re reading this, we encourage you to visit the American Booksellers Association website (see here) to find your local bookstores, many of which are offering home delivery and curbside pick-up.

Below is a partial list of industry actions, which we will continue to update for the public….”

Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library | Internet Archive Blogs

“Last Tuesday we launched a National Emergency Library—1.4M digitized books available to users without a waitlist—in response to the rolling wave of school and library closures that remain in place to date. We’ve received dozens of messages of thanks from teachers and school librarians, who can now help their students access books while their schools, school libraries, and public libraries are closed.

We’ve been asked why we suspended waitlists. On March 17, the American Library Association Executive Board took the extraordinary step to recommend that the nation’s libraries close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In doing so, for the first time in history, the entirety of the nation’s print collection housed in libraries is now unavailable, locked away indefinitely behind closed doors.  

This is a tremendous and historic outage.  According to IMLS FY17 Public Libraries survey (the last fiscal year for which data is publicly available), in FY17 there were more than 716 million physical books in US public libraries.  Using the same data, which shows a 2-3% decline in collection holdings per year, we can estimate that public libraries have approximately 650 million books on their shelves in 2020.  Right now, today, there are 650 million books that tax-paying citizens have paid to access that are sitting on shelves in closed libraries, inaccessible to them. And that’s just in public libraries.

And so, to meet this unprecedented need at a scale never before seen, we suspended waitlists on our lending collection.  As we anticipated, critics including the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers have released statements (here and here) condemning the National Emergency Library and the Internet Archive.  Both statements contain falsehoods that are being spread widely online. To counter the misinformation, we are addressing the most egregious points here and have also updated our FAQs….”

OPERAS Certification (DOAB)

“DOAB Peer review’s certification service provides an online form to establish a standardized description of the PR process, reviews them and then attributes to books/collections (also available via API). A system of “PR certified” icons completes the service. The service is free for all, but publishers’ participants will need a login provided by the service provider to access the certification process of PR….”

OPERAS Certification (DOAB)

“DOAB Peer review’s certification service provides an online form to establish a standardized description of the PR process, reviews them and then attributes to books/collections (also available via API). A system of “PR certified” icons completes the service. The service is free for all, but publishers’ participants will need a login provided by the service provider to access the certification process of PR….”

Open access resources on Library Hub Discover | Library services

“Adding aggregations of Open Access (OA) resources has always been one of the aims for Discover. With the closure of most libraries across the UK due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the requirements for people to stay at home wherever possible, we have prioritised adding these resources.

Discover now contains records from the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and we will soon be adding the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Hathi Trust, with others to follow. This will include the Jisc Historical Texts and Journal Archives data, which are now free to all Jisc members until the end of July….”

Open access resources on Library Hub Discover | Library services

“Adding aggregations of Open Access (OA) resources has always been one of the aims for Discover. With the closure of most libraries across the UK due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the requirements for people to stay at home wherever possible, we have prioritised adding these resources.

Discover now contains records from the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and we will soon be adding the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Hathi Trust, with others to follow. This will include the Jisc Historical Texts and Journal Archives data, which are now free to all Jisc members until the end of July….”