ATG News & Announcements 1/28/17

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2017 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners Announced;   *Readers’ advisory experts announce 2017 Reading List: Year’s best in genre fiction for adult readers;   *2017 Over the Rainbow List Released – 46 quality GLBT fiction and non-fiction titles;   * FCC’s New Chairman Introduces Plan to Scale Back Net Neutrality Transparency Rules;  *American Archive of Public Broadcasting Launches “Speaking and Protesting in America” Online Exhibition;   *What we can expect from Knowledge Unlatched in 2017;   *American Geophysical Union expresses concern for scientific integrity and free communication of scientific information to the public at federal agencies; and  *New York Times Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL announces the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Miami Dade College – Learning Resources, Miami, Florida; Columbia College Chicago Library, Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Clara University Library, Santa Clara, California. Sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution…”

According to ALA News “the Reading List Council has announced the 2017 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A shortlist of honor titles, up to 4 per genre was also announced. The list was announced … during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting held in Atlanta…”

ALA News also reports that “the 2017 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta.

The bibliography features quality fiction and non-fiction books for adults that are recognized by the Over the Rainbow Project, an ad hoc committee of GLBTRT, for their authentic expression of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences…”

infoDOCKET notes an article for the Verge that reports “in an early move as head of the agency, the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, circulated a plan to close the door on some net neutrality transparency requirements…  Pai has made no secret of his hostility to the net neutrality rules, saying recently that the rules’ “days are numbered…”

infoDOCKET  also notes the launch of the online exhibit “Speaking and Protesting in America,” which “presents a diverse range of public radio and television content including radio programs, local news, raw footage, and interviews that reveal the profound impact of the First Amendment on American life. Focusing on our right to speak, assemble, and petition, this exhibit explores the role of dissent in American life in its protected and unprotected expressions ranging from peaceful marches to acts of civil disobedience…”

No Shelf Required reports news from Knowledge Unlatched noting that 2017 “is already off to an exciting start as we see pledges come in from libraries all over the world who wish to support KU Select 2016; our HSS e-book collection featuring books from 54 publishers on 5 continents, curated by 40 acquisitions and collections librarians in 12 countries. The outcome of the library pledging period will be published in February…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The American Geophysical Union (AGU) wrote to federal agency heads on January 26, expressing concern over recent reports about violations of scientific integrity and interference with public access to and communication of scientific information. In the letter, AGU has called on the agencies, and the administration, to reverse policies that threaten scientific integrity and open communication as soon as possible and urges that they not be reinstated…”

According to Publishers Weekly “the New York Times has eliminated a number of bestsellers lists, although the exact number could not be confirmed Thursday morning. Cutting the various lists is part of an overall plan by the paper to revamp its coverage of publishing.

A note sent on Wednesday to subscribers to the advance bestsellers lists said, “Beginning with the Advance BSL edition that will be delivered today for Feb. 5, 2017, there will be revisions to multiple categories in the publication. These changes will span weekly and monthly lists.”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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