ATG News You Need to Start the Week 1/16/17

by | Jan 16, 2017 | 0 comments

DPLA to Expand Access to Ebooks with $1.5 Million in New Funding From Sloan Foundation;   *George Mason University partners with Wiley for online graduate programs;   *ACRL Receives Delmas Foundation Grant for RBMS Conference Scholarships;   *Two New Digital Collections Available Online From National Library of Medicine;   *An Updated and Expanded “Atlas of Urban Expansion” is Now Available Online;   *ACRL Releases Curating Research Data Two-Volume Set;   *Open Access Trends 2017: Challenges and Opportunities;  and *Clarivate Analytics names 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators;  plus  more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

infoDOCKET reports that “the Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA $1.5 million to greatly expand its efforts to provide broad access to widely read ebooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their ebook collections, and for millions of readers nationwide to access those works easily.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and George Mason University have entered into a 10-year agreement that will expand the scope of George Mason’s online graduate programs and strengthen the university’s commitment to providing transformative educational opportunities for working adults and non-traditional students. Mason’s partnership with Wiley is critical to the university’s efforts to answer a growing demand for online educational options.

ACRL Insider reports that “the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the 2017 RBMS Conference. The funding will provide a combination of full and partial scholarships for 12 individuals to attend the conference, to be held June 20-23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Two New Digital Collections Available Online From National Library of Medicine

According to infoDOCKET “two new digital collections are now available from NLM including Incunabula: A collection of books and broadsides printed in Europe before 1501 – over forty items from the Library’s world-renowned collection of more than 580 incunabula on subjects relating to science and medicine” and World War 2, 1939-1949: A collection of U.S. government documents includes more than 1,500 federal, state, and local government publications…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “The Atlas of Urban Expansion, an open-source online resource with maps, satellite images, and data on spatial changes in cities around the world, has been revised and updated” by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

ACRL Insider also notes that ACRL has announced “the publication of the two-volume Curating Research Data, edited and authored by Lisa R. Johnston. These volumes present those tasked with long-term stewardship of digital research data a blueprint for how to curate those data for eventual reuse.”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information has examined open access in two recent reports – Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020 and Open Access Book Publishing 2016-2020 – and sees several trends developing in 2017. Open access has grown from a conceptual movement to transformational force in scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing.

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has announced its highly anticipated list of 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators. The report honours the most innovative corporations and institutions in the world as determined by the robust analysis of unique and proprietary data. The company also unveiled its new brand identity following the sale of the business to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia in October 2016…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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