News & Announcements 4/30/14

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Teams Selected for Second Year of ACRL “Assessment in Action” Learning Community; ACRL Sets 2014 Legislative Agenda; Protecting Students with Google Apps for Education; British Library Unveils £33-Million Newspaper Reading Room; OCLC releases WorldCat Works as linked data; Major World’s Fairs archive to be digitized; Oxford University Press to publish Entomological Society of America publications in 2015

ACRL-for-acrl.ala Teams Selected for Second Year of ACRL “Assessment in Action” Learning Community

According to the ACRL InsiderACRL has selected 73 institutional teams to participate in the second year of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). The program is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and carried out in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The teams, representing all types of institutions, come from 34 states and 1 Canadian province. For a list of currently confirmed institutions, see the AiA program webpage…”

ACRL Insider also reports that “the 2014 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on three issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: access to federally funded research, net neutrality, and curbing government surveillance…”

taking additional steps to enhance the educational experience for Apps for Education customers:

  • We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.
  • We’ve permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes…

Shelf Awareness reports that “the British Library unveiled its new £33-million (US$55.5 million) “state-of-the-art reading room,” replacing the Colindale newspaper library, which closed last year. The Newsroom offers more than 750 million pages of newspapers and magazines and 4.8 million archived websites in a collection that “dates as far back as the English Civil War and constitutes an unrivaled record of society, people, politics and events.”

According to this press release “OCLC has made 197 million bibliographic work descriptions—WorldCat Works—available as linked data, a format native to the Web that will improve discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and Web services… By making this linked data available, library collections can be exposed to the wider Web community, integrating these collections and making them more easily discoverable through websites and services that library users visit daily, such as Google, Wikipedia and social networks…”

ithaka-sr-logo - www.arl.org New Report from Ithaka S+R: “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians”

InfoDOCKET provides this link to “the latest report (published today) in the Ithaka Research Support Services for Scholars series.

Title: Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians

Authors: Matthew Long, Project Coordinator, Ithaka S+R and  Roger C. Schonfeld Program Director, Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices Ithaka S+R

Digital primary sources publisher, Adam Matthew, today announced the digitization of one of the largest World’s Fairs collections in the world: the Donald G. Larson Collection at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno…

World’s Fairs and exhibitions were the home of innovation and invention, gathering together international communities and cultures for over 160 years. Each fair had a huge impact on both the host city, in terms of an architectural legacy, and on the millions of individuals who visited…”

According to this press release “Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Beginning in January 2015 OUP will begin publishing eight ESA journals and periodicals (see below for the list of titles)…

In addition to these seven publications, ESA is very pleased to announce that it has assumed ownership of Journal of Insect Science from the University of Wisconsin. An open-access journal, Journal of Insect Science was founded in 2001 by Dr. Henry Hagedorn, who served as editor-in-chief until his death in January, 2014…”

 

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