ATG News & Announcements 7/28/16

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quill-pixabayChoice and The Charleston Company announce collaboration on new online review resource for academic databases;   *Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low;    *Ingram Launches Ingram Academic Services;   *Obama Is Said to Have Picked Presidential Library Site in Chicago;   *LYRASIS Receives $850,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Continue Support for CollectionSpace;   *Mellon Foundation Awards $750,000 to ‘Grand Challenges’ Research, Scholarly Publishing, Communications at Purdue University;   *Idaho State University & Grand Teton National Park Create New 3-D Imagery, Documentation of Native American Artifacts;   *Ingram Launches Ingram Academic Services;   *HathiTrust Digital Library announces 2016 Board of Governors election;  and the   *Latest edition of Blogspeak now online plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The ACRL Insider reports that “Choice and The Charleston Company have announced plans to collaborate on a new reference product, an online review source for academic databases and digital resources, with the working name of CC Advisor. CC Advisor will be published on the database platform recently launched at Choice.

The goal is to unveil a working prototype at the Charleston Conference in November and to launch in time for the ACRL 2017 conference to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.

According to this post in the Chronicle of Higher Education “awareness of free or openly licensed educational resources, including textbooks and other teaching materials, has increased slightly over the past year, but according to a large-scale survey released on Tuesday, still only 6.6 percent of faculty members are “very aware” of them.

The survey and an accompanying report, “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16,” includes results from a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 full-time and part-time professors and was conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group.

The NY Times reports that ” President Obama and the foundation helping to plot his path after the White House have selected Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago as the site of his presidential library, ending a debate within his inner circle about the location, a person familiar with the decision said Wednesday…”

LYRASIS, … has been awarded a grant in the amount of $850,000 from The Andrew W. Mellonmoney Foundation to support ongoing development and sustainability planning for CollectionSpace, an open source collections management tool for museums. This award will allow LYRASIS and the CollectionSpace community to continue to strengthen the application and the community’s efforts to create a sustainable open source collections management system for the benefit of museums and other collecting organizations…”

infoDOCKET  reports that “the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Purdue University to support a unique approach to research, scholarly publishing and communications on global grand challenges.

The approach at Purdue is unique in two ways. First, it catalyzes the involvement of humanists and social scientists in grand challenges research, innovation and policy formation. Next, it embeds publishing professionals, libraries faculty, and policy experts in the scholarly communications process…”

Also according to infoDOCKETIdaho State University researchers are working with Grand Teton National Park and various tribes to better document about 50 Native American artifacts from the park’s David T. Vernon Collection and create digital 3-D visualizations of them…”

Printin - IMAGEN_1Publishers Weekly reports that “Ingram Content Group has launched Ingram Academic Services, a publishing service for university presses and academic publishers. The service offers resources, tools and, services to university presses and academic publishers including warehousing, print-on-demand network, digital asset management services, metadata management systems, and sales representation.

According to KnowledgeSpeakHathiTrust Digital Library has announced its 2016 Board of Governors election cycle. Beginning July 25, the Nominating Committee will receive nominations for an election to be held in the fall. Nominations are due no later than August 15…

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Kent Anderson (Optical Illusions – Shifting to Citation Distributions Only Makes It Easier to Fool the Eye); Alice Meadows (Peer Review Week 2016 #RecognizeReview); Dorothy Bishop (Cost-benefit analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework); Ellie Bothwell (Journal behaviour encouraging -questionable research practices’); Jon Tennant (Can blog posts be used as peer reviews?); and Jonathan Adams (Putting On Your Best Researcher Face)…”


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