ATG News & Announcements 11/13/19

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Libraries Launch Texas GeoData Portal on GIS Day

Library Technology Guides reports that “The University of Texas Libraries are leveraging technological advances in geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance the value of map collections at The University of Texas at Austin with the launch of a new portal that is designed to facilitate discovery of geospatial datasets that are ready to use in GIS software for map making and analysis…”

Penn Libraries Acquires Archive of Renowned Author and Artist Ashley Bryan

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries announces the acquisition of the archive of renowned artist Ashley Bryan, an internationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator, poet, and humanitarian. Bryan’s archive came to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Penn Libraries through the Ashley Bryan Center, which has represented and preserved the artist’s legacy since 2013.

A New UN Report on Public Spaces and Human Rights Highlights Place of Libraries

infoDOCKET citing IFLA notes that “as public spaces, open to all members of the community, libraries enable people to exercise and enjoy their human rights. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights this role, and the conditions for it to be realised. It provides a useful advocacy tool for libraries.

Springer Nature First Publisher to Implement Seamlessaccess.Org Service

Also according to infoDOCKETSpringer Nature has been working with others in the industry  and in collaboration with to address the current sometimes confusing and frustrating experience researchers face trying to access research subscribed to by their university when outside of the institution’s network.

wikiview: A New Tool to Help Discover Images Available From Wikimedia Commons

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “Wikimedia Commons has millions of public domain and freely-licensed photos available to the world, and now there’s a powerful new tool that helps you dive into the ocean of imagery for exploring or locating exactly what you’re looking for. It’s called wikiview, and it’s a graph-based visual image navigator.

ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships Awarded

ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL is pleased to announce recipients of its fourth round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2019-20. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education…”


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