ATG News You Need to Start the Week 6/12/17

by | Jun 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Internet Archive collaborates with the MIT Press and Arcadia to digitize and provide access to hundreds of MIT Press backlist titles;   *National Network of Libraries of Medicine Launches NLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery;   *An $11 Million Renovation of Chicago’s Newberry Library is Scheduled to Begin in January 2018;   *New Project From Google Arts and Culture Offers 30,000 Digitized Images and VR Films of Fashion Pieces From Archives, Museums and Others;   *Montana State Library Braces For “Dramatic” Budget Cuts and Staff Reductions;   *U. Chicago Undergrad Library Workers Unionize;   *Elsevier updates major reference work on biomaterials; and  *Thieme’s Synlett journal introduces ‘intelligent crowd’ peer review plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Library Technology Guides reports that “the MIT Press and the Internet Archive announced a partnership, with support from Arcadia, to scan, preserve, and enable libraries to lend hundreds of MIT Press books that are currently not available digitally. This partnership represents an important advance in bringing acclaimed titles across the MIT Press’ publications in science, technology, art, and architecture to a global online audience…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new web resource, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery.

NNLM RD3 evolved from the eScience Portal for Librarians (originally the New England eScience Portal for Librarians) that was developed under contract between the National Library of Medicine and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The NNLM appreciates the New England Region’s members and advisors who helped develop the original Portal, which provided a successful model and strong foundation for this new resource…”

Also according to infoDOCKET  “the Chicago’s Newberry Library will be getting a new look thanks to an $11 million renovation project planned for the cultural institution’s first floor.

The project, spanning 26,000 square feet of public space, and which is already 40 percent funded through donor contributions, will begin January 2018 and is expected to take six months to complete…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes a “new project from Google Arts & Culture is named We Wear Culture.”  In this new project “more than 180 museums, fashion institutions, schools, archives and other organizations from the fashion hubs of New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and elsewhere came together to put three millennia of fashion at your fingertips. You can browse 30,000 fashion pieces: try searching for hats and sort them by color or shoes by time…”

According to Library Journal The Montana State Library Commission is having a public meeting Tuesday to discuss a reduction plan that includes budget cuts ranging as high as $990,000, in part triggered by recent legislation, and slashing staff by as much as 27 percent.

Library Journal also reports that Undergraduate library workers at the University of Chicago (UC) have voted to unionize, forming the first union of its kind at a private U.S. university. The new Student Library Employees Union (SLEU) could represent up to 220 members, the majority of them undergraduates, and will negotiate with UC on wages, hours, and third-party legal representation.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Elsevier…, has announced the second edition of Comprehensive Biomaterials II, edited by Paul Ducheyne, Kevin Healy, Dietmar E. Hutmacher, David W. Grainger and C. James Kirkpatrick. One of five new biomaterials titles, this major reference work reviews the current status of nearly all biomaterials in the field by analysing their strengths and weaknesses, performance, and future prospects…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the chemistry journal Synlett, published by Thieme, has trialled a new system of peer review that allows a crowd of 100 approved researchers to comment on manuscripts online. The reviewers can access a secure, bespoke online platform and view papers being considered for publication. They can annotate and comment on manuscripts, as well as respond to comments left by others…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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