ATG News & Announcements 6/7/18

by | Jun 7, 2018 | 0 comments

According to ACRL Insider “the June 2018 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Every two years, ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee produces their “Top trends in academic libraries.” The 2018 edition discusses the publisher and vendor landscape, fake news and information literacy, project management, textbook affordability, the ethics of learning analytics and data collection, data sets and text mining, demand-driven acquisitions, open access, and legacy print collections.

District Dispatch reoorts that “earlier this year the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of nearly $2.7 billion in federal assistance to schools, school districts, local education agencies and institutions of higher education in meeting the educational needs of students affected by various disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the 2017 California wildfires…”

infoDOCKET reports that “thanks to a $560,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under its Arts and Cultural Heritage program area, the USC Libraries and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will create a new home for a rich collection of recordings of more than 1,200 culturally significant dance performances digitized at hubs in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., over 15 years by the Dance Heritage Coalition…”

Also according to infoDOCKETThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a $1.8 million grant for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before…”

American Libraries notes that “when a school is as large as Arizona State University (ASU), it is not always easy to find books written by members of the university community. To that end, ASU Now, the university’s internal news site, has developed Sun Devil Shelf Life, a new online platform providing information and access to works by ASU faculty, staff, alumni, and students…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “The National Archives [UK], the University of Surrey and the UK Open Data Institute are trying to answer several big questions… And “to address these questions, ARCHANGEL [name of the research project] is exploring how we can know that a digital record has been modified and whether the change was legitimate so that ultimately it can still be trusted as the authentic record. Specifically, the project is investigating how blockchain might be used to achieve this…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables has been released, and the United States is the world’s largest contributor to high-quality scientific research papers, followed by China and Germany. These tables track by country and institution the research published in 82 high-quality journals each year, counting both the total number of papers and the share of authorship of each paper…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “in response to requests from the community for flexible registering of peer review content (and associated discussions of published content), Crossref has extended its infrastructure to not only support the registration of this content, but also the easy retrieval, use and reuse of it, through its public API. The initiative is seen to be a major advancement for the discoverability and usability of peer review reports…”


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