ATG News & Announcements 1/10/17

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Submit Projects for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition;   *Print Sales Increase by 3.3% in 2016;   *OverDrive Reports Library Borrowing of eBooks and Audiobooks Up 21% in 2016;   *ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two);   *IMLS Releases Report/Handbook on “Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts”;    *New OA Resource: 1000s of Historic Shakespeare Illustrations are Now Free to Download and Use;   *ProQuest Shares Information Literacy Survey Results;   *ProQuest Shares Information Literacy Survey Results;   and *LYRASIS announces $100,000 Catalyst Fund; seeks applications plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to ACRL Insider “The expert panel has completed voting and the topics for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition have been selected — below. The report is a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with ACRL as the distribution partner. It is set to be released on March 23, 2017, at the ACRL 2017 Conference. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the chosen areas. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2017 Horizon.Library Project wiki…”

According the GoodE-Reader “the publishing industry has faced a tumultuous year with the election cycle, the decreased demand for adult coloring books and the lack of a breakout bestseller. People still bought books in droves and the sales of hardcover/paperback sales rose by 3.3% in 2016.

Most print formats had an outstanding year, with hardcover up 5.4%, trade paperback up 4%, and board books up 7.4%. Mass market has been on the wane since the introduction of e-books, and its slide continued in 2016 with a 7.7% drop in unit sales. Physical audio, where sales were down 13.5% on the year, but digital audio doubled.

The Digital Reader reports that Overdrive says that “readers borrowed 196 million digital books, an increase of 21 percent over 2015. Of the 678 million visits to library and school websites, readers borrowed more eBooks (+16%) and audiobooks (+34%) from their local and school libraries digital catalog compared to last year…”

ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two)

Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and school libraries and foster computational thinking skills among the nation’s youth…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides insights for libraries and museums to connect with their communities in newer and deeper ways. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst initiative, the 59-page report is a handbook for libraries…”

In addition infoDOCKET notes that “recent English Literature PhD graduate [Cardiff University] Dr Michael Goodman is behind the online open access digital archive, which contains more than 3,000 illustrations from four major illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works in the Victorian era…”

Direct to Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

Information Today reports that “ProQuest published a report on the results of its information literacy-focused survey of 200-plus librarians from university, community college, high school, and public libraries. It finds that 97% of respondents say having an information literacy skill set contributes to workplace success…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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