ATG News & Announcements 7/8/17

by | Jul 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and Hundreds of Other Companies, Organizations Set to Participate in Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12th;   *MIT Convenes Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to Institute’s Research;   *400-Year-Old Jewish Library Survived Hitler and the Inquisition, Some Holdings Now Digitized and Online;   *Campus-wide Entrepreneurship, SPEC Kit 355, Published by ARL;   *New Online: Oral Histories Offer a Glimpse of America at Work; and  *OCLC Research Update at ALA 2017 Video Available; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

infoDOCKET reports that ” Spotify and ThinkGeek are the latest major players to announce their participation in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12th to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation. Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and hundreds of other major sites are also participating. Yesterday, representatives for Facebook and Google told multiple reporters that the web giants plan to participate…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “MIT’s provost, in consultation with the vice president for research, the chair of the faculty, and the director of the libraries, has appointed an ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research. Convening the task force was one of the 10 recommendations presented in the preliminary report of the Future of Libraries Task Force…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “in 2014, using advanced imaging equipment, the National Library of Israel… partnered with Ets Haim to digitize its entire catalog. And now the partners will make everything available online — and for free.

This website now holds images and descriptions of 172 Jewish manuscripts (16,000 folios) from Ets Haim’s holdings. In the course of the next two years all remaining manuscripts will be published here. The descriptions of the manuscripts are based on earlier printed catalogues but contain a considerable amount of corrections and additions based on consultation of the original manuscripts.

ARL News reports that “The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Campus-wide Entrepreneurship, SPEC Kit 355, an exploration of how ARL member libraries are supporting campus entrepreneurship, both inside and outside of the classroom. This SPEC Kit gathers information about library services and resources, funding models, staffing and administrative support, assessment, and the unique challenges of supporting these programs…”

The Library of Congress has “placed the first installment of the Occupational Folklife Project—focused on the Port of Houston—online this week and expects to add a new collection every other month…

Over the past seven years, the American Folklife Center (AFC) has collected the stories of working men and women for its Occupational Folklife Project, through interviews about what they do, how they do it and what they think about what they do.

Collectively, the interviews document Americans at work, in all walks of life: Iowa meatpackers, North Carolina morticians, Wisconsin teachers, New York dairy farmers, Massachusetts fishermen, Midwest ironworkers and grooms, hot walkers and saddlers at horse tracks across the country.

OCLC Research provides a video of  “Rachel Frick, OCLC Executive Director of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, reviews some of the broad agenda items and recent publications related to the work of OCLC Research: OCLC Research Update at ALA Chicago. June 26, 2017.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources




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