ATG News & Announcements 8/23/18

by | Aug 23, 2018 | 0 comments

ARL News reports that “2018 SPEC KitsAfter 45 years of gathering and disseminating data on research library policies and practices, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) SPEC survey program will end with the publication of SPEC Kit 361 in November. Going forward, ARL is developing new ways to design and implement pilot projects to test new measures, and record and distribute case studies that illustrate best practices…”

According to ACRL Insider “ACRL submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on August 14, 2018, on the proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The comments noted that the proposed rule is problematic and advocated it be rescinded…”

Rice University News reports that “eleven U.S. colleges and universities that partnered with Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax last summer to encourage the use of freely available learning materials expect to save their students nearly $17.4 million on textbook and materials costs in the coming academic year. Most of the projected savings — $10.7 million — are a result of initiatives implemented during OpenStax’s institutional partnership program…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of Research Libraries is inviting libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+® by registering for the 2019 LibQUAL+ survey. LibQUAL+ is a tool that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The protocol is a rigorously tested web survey that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library…”

infoDOCKET reports from a post by Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on the Library Carpentry Blog:  At the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I see the benefits of partnering with The Carpentries. Doing so allows us to spend our time more efficiently through developing training material collaboratively at a global scale. This in turn allows librarians to focus on relationships, and teaching a common curriculum that teaches computational skills across many disciplines…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “Baruch College has launched the first digital portal to historic materials on government reform from the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) at

At a time of widespread disdain for government and public service, the new online archive, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, offers fresh insights into model operations of local and national governance in America…”



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