ATG News & Announcements 4/10/18

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New report affirms invaluable role of our nation’s libraries;  *College & Research Libraries – April 2018 is available;  *UT Austin Won’t Move Fine Arts Library Collection;  *National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation Announce Grants to Digitize Essential Humanities Books;  *Virginia Governor Opts for OER;  *Wiley and Lumina Datamatics partnership to increase discoverability of millions of images from Wiley Online Library;  *Invitation to complete survey on how archives and special collection repositories are being cited in publications;  and *University Press of Kentucky Addresses Loss of Funding, Expects to Stabilize; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The American Library Association (ALA) released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8 – 14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

The April 2018 special issue of College & Research Libraries focusing on strategic management in academic 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 Inside Higher ED “the University of Texas at Austin will not move tens of thousands more items out of the Fine Arts Library to repurpose the fifth-floor stack space, it announced Friday. Doug Dempster, dean of fine arts, proposed the relocation of the library’s remaining books, music and other items last semester, saying that circulation was down and the space might be put to better use. The library’s fourth floor, for example, now houses classrooms and media spaces. But many faculty members opposed the idea, saying that it was unconscionable to further dismantle a regionally noted collection…”

“The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, …, announced seven grants, totaling more than $1 million, to convert important out-of-print humanities texts into freely available ebooks.

The third round of funding for the Humanities Open Book Program, offered jointly by NEH and Mellon, will make awards to publishers that have identified significant scholarly books that enhance public knowledge of topics such as American and European history, philosophy, classics, Asian and Latin American studies, architectural history, and literary criticism…”

Inside Higher Ed also reports that “The governor of Virginia has approved a bill requiring all public higher education institutions in the state to take steps to adopt open educational resources — freely accessible and openly copyrighted educational materials.

Under the new rules, each institution will be required to draw up guidelines for the adoption of OER or low-cost alternatives to texts from commercial publishers…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports “publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. and Lumina Datamatics have announced a new partnership that will enable the discovery and legal use of Wiley vast collection of images and figures on Lumina’s.

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak Research Libraries UK, in partnership with The National Archives and Jisc, have recently commissioned TheResearchBase to undertake a commissioned study into the citation of archive and special collection holding repositories within academic publications (‘Citation Capture’).

As a part of this important research, a survey is being undertaken of archivists, librarians, publishers, and academics regarding how repositories are cited within academic publications. All publishers whose outputs include reference to archives and special collections within academic research are encouraged to participate in this survey.

The University Press of Kentucky has published an open letter addressing the impact of recent state budget cuts. The Press says its “short-term financial challenges are transitory” and that it will continue with “business as usual.”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources



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