*British Library to put very big royal atlas online; *Wikipedia Celebrates Its 15th Birthday With Librarian-Centric Campaign; *Folger Shakespeare Library Previews New Reference Resource Launching Online Soon; *First Ever All-Digital Geologic Map of Alaska Published by USGS, Available Online; *Assessment in Action Comprehensive Bibliography Now Available; *University of Texas to Digitize Gabriel Garcia Marquez Archive; and *CRL to Purchase Seven New Collections plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
According to Art Newspaper “the British Library in London is a quarter of the way through a major project to re-catalogue, digitise and conserve a 50,000-strong map collection assembled by Britain’s famous collector-king, George III (1738-1820). Among the objects to be digitally photographed is the world’s second largest atlas, which measures a huge 1.8m by 2.3m…”
Information Today reports that “The Wikipedia Library team invites librarians to help Wikipedia celebrate its 15th birthday on Jan. 15, 2016, by adding one reference to any Wikipedia article. The organization will host #1Lib1Ref, a weeklong, global campaign to engage peers in global research, library, and cultural sectors. It encourages librarians to participate by tweeting about the campaign, writing blog posts, hosting webinars or other educational activities about how to contribute to Wikipedia, and more…”
According to infoDOCKET the Folger Shakespeare Library will be releasing a new online reference source called “Shakespeare Documented. When it launches in mid-January, it will be the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare…”
infoDOCKET also reports that “a new digital geologic map of Alaska is being released today providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to resource extraction, conservation, natural hazards and recreation.
The map gives visual context to the abundant mineral and energy resources found throughout the state in a beautifully detailed and accessible format…”
ARCL Insider notes the availability of the new Assessment in Action Bibliography which complements the efforts of the Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) program . The bibliography lists “dozens of journal articles, conference presentations and other public reports. This bibliography aims to be comprehensive, capturing all scholarly and practice-based literature and presentations about AiA and campus projects conducted as part of the AiA program by campus team members, facilitators, and ACRL staff…”
According to GalleyCat “the University of Texas at Austin plans to digitize its archive of Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The Harry Ransom Center, an institution based at the University of Texas at Austin, acquired the archive of the late author after his death in 2014. The new project will be funded by a $126,730 grant from the nonprofit Council on Library and Information Resources, according to a report in The Associated Press…”
“The Center for Research Libraries will purchase seven valuable microform collections through this year’s Purchase Proposal Program, with a list price value of $192,215. These sets will soon be available on interlibrary loan to researchers at CRL member institutions…”
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- Boopsie’s Product Enhancements and Entrance into New Markets Lead to Rapid Expansion in 2015;
- Credo continues to roll out new, innovative content through its Essentials Collections
- Penguin Random House Sells Author Solutions;
- College of William & Mary becomes tenth member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries to select Ex Libris cloud solutions;
- Biblionix Adds Eleven New Customers in the Fourth Quarter of 2015;
- Library Readers Borrow Record Numbers of eBooks and Audiobooks in 2015;
- John H. Evans Library at the Florida Institute of Technology goes live on ByWater Solutions Koha support;
- F1000Research to be preserved with Portico;
- Old Dominion University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.