ATG News & Announcements 4/9/16

by | Apr 9, 2016 | 0 comments

U-M library Exterior-300x200*U-M William L. Clements Library reopens after 2.5-year renovation and expansion;   *C&RL News – April 2016 is available;    *Researchers From University of Washington and Microsoft Store Digital Images and Video in DNA — and Retrieve Them Perfectly;    *The HistoryMakers Brings Oral Histories of African-Americans To Colleges;   *World Memory Project: Online Database of Holocaust Victims Reaches 1 Million Records;   *Millennials Read More Books Than People Over 30;   *ProQuest SIPX Teams with OpenStax and OpenSUNY to Boost Access to Open Educational Resources;  and Lorcan Dempsey’s “The Network Reshapes the Library” open access version now available plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

“As part of an effort to enhance accessibility and increase the use of its collections for continued teaching and learning, the University of Michigan William L. Clements Library will reopen on April 11 after a 2.5 year, $17 million renovation and expansion…”

The April 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

infoDOCKET reports on “a new technique developed by University of Washington and Microsoft researchers could shrink the space needed to store digital data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter down to the size of a sugar cube…”

Also according to infoDOCKETThe HistoryMakers, a Chicago non-profit organization that collects oral histories of African-Americans, is opening its digital archive to 10 major universities throughout the country, company leaders announced Friday…”

In addition,  infoDOCKET notes that theWorld Memory Project, a collaboration between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and genealogy website Ancestry, is a free online database that lists information about millions of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Launched in May 2011, the project hit one million records this month, a major milestone made possible through over 3,500 volunteers from 18 different countries…”

GalleyCat reports that “millennials in the U.S. read more books than people over the age of 30, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center…

The research also found that library usage is slipping. In fact, Americans buy more books than they borrowed from libraries. Still it isn’t the younger crowd that is turning libraries. “Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website,” according to the report…”

Also according to GalleyCat “a lost Isaac Newton manuscript has been uncovered… Here’s more from The Washington Post: “A newly discovered manuscript, written in Newton’s hand, underscores his fascination with what’s now considered nothing more than mystical pseudoscience. The document, held in a private collection for decades and bought earlier this year by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, describes how to make an essential ingredient of the Philosophers’ Stone…”

According to this press release, “as part of its continuing commitment to support Open Educational Resources (OER), ProQuest is making OER content more discoverable and visible to instructors through SIPX and Summon. OpenSUNY OER textbooks are now indexed and available in Summon, and soon the full catalogue of OpenStax OER content will be as well ­­­– and connected into SIPX’s course materials technology­. As a result, improved visibility of these open resources in campus Learning Management System environments will make adoption easier for instructors…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that the “Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), … now enables publishers to offer physical reprints and ePrints to their authors directly through its RightsLink® platform via a partnership with Sheridan, a provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions. The platform can support author reprints for any article the publisher chooses to make available…”

OCLC Research notes that “The Network Reshapes the Library”  is available for download from OCLC in a free digital version (CC BY-NC), this book comprises a curated selection of Lorcan Dempsey’s blog posts that have offered thousands of readers valuable insights into libraries’ future…”

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More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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