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…”
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.
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.
Also according to infoDOCKET “Springer Nature has been working with others in the industry and in collaboration with SeamlessAccess.org 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.
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 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…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- International Publishers Association Opens 2020 Prix Voltaire Nominations;
- ProQuest announces new look and new features for SIRS Issues Researcher and SIRS Discoverer
- Just Launched: Independent Documentary Filmmakers from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Web Archive
- ARTiFACTS Announces ORCID Integration, Connecting Unique Researcher Identifiers to Contributions in Real-Time;
- Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Issues Statement Supporting Open Science and Transparency in Scholarly Communications, Publisher Agreements;
- University of Michigan Library selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to improves resource sharing and analytics;
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.