ATG News You Need to Start the Week 5/8/17

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Educopia and UNC SILS receive IMLS funding for study of open source software implementation to improve archival workflows for born-digital materials;  *ARL Annual Salary Survey 2015–2016 Reports Data on 13,827 Staff in ARL Libraries  *College & Research Libraries – May 2017 is now available;   *LSTA Nets Small Increase in Shutdown-Avoiding FY17 Omnibus Spending Bill;  *North Carolina State Libraries Awarded $414,000 Mellon Grant to Develop Tools, Techniques For Large-Scale Visualization of Research;  *Two New Digital Collections Available Online From Library of Congress, New Online Exhibition Also Available;   *Amazon will change its ebook contracts with publishers as EU ends antitrust probe;  and *Europeana Fashion is the Third Thematic Collection to Join Europeana Platform plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

Library Technology Guides reports that “the Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2015–2016, which analyzes salary data for professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2015–2016. Data are reported for 10,111 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 3,716 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries…”

The May 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online.  Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

According to District DispatchSeven months past their October 1, 2016 deadline — the start of the Fiscal Year — the U.S. Senate late yesterday approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (H.R. 244): a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package for FY2017.| It includes additional funding for libraries. The House approved the spending measure on Wednesday, just two days after it was released early Monday morning. The President is expected to sign the funding measure despite the exclusion of several of his key priorities…”

According to infoDOCKET “NC State has been awarded a $414,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the advancement of tools and techniques for developing and sharing large-scale visual content for research. Entitled “Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces,” the project aims to continue the NCSU Libraries’ pioneering work with large-scale, research visualization technologies…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that two new digital collections are now available from the Library of Congress: 

  • Manuscripts of St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai  First microfilmed by Kenneth W. Clark, under the auspices of the Library of Congress the manuscripts in St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai have now been digitized to facilitate their use by scholars worldwide. At the same time the descriptions of the manuscripts as found in the Checklist have also been edited and updated…
  • Margaret Bayard Smith Papers: The papers of Margaret Bayard Smith (1778-1844), author and leader in Washington, D.C., social and political circles during the first decades of the nineteenth century, span the years 1789-1874.

According to The Verge “the EU has reached an agreement with Amazon following an antitrust investigation into the company’s ebook business. In 2015, the European Commission began a probe into the licensing deals Amazon was making with publishers, suggesting that the US giant was forcing them into unfair contracts that stifled competition in Europe’s €1 billion ebook market. In January, Amazon suggested a number of changes it would make to its contracts, and the EU now says it’s happy to accept them, bringing a close to the investigation…”

Also according to infoDOCKETEuropeana Fashion is now fully integrated into the Europeana platform, living alongside Europeana Art and Europeana Music. It will benefit from the technical advancements and new features developed across the platform. It also enables fashions curators, academics, students and enthusiasts exploring the Fashion collection to browse and see connections to other areas of interest…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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