News items include a new digital collection from Duke, more John Cotton Dana grants, a Credo Reference and Brill agreement, a Salem Press Library Grants Center, a GPO app and an ACRL update.

New Digital Collection: Behind the Veil

“One hundred oral histories of life in the Jim Crow South complete with transcripts have been digitized and made available on the Duke University Libraries website and iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store.”  These interviews were part of “Behind the Veil,” an oral history project at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (CDS)but omitted from the resulting award-winning book and radio documentary, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, produced 10 years ago by the CDS and American RadioWorks.

The John Cotton Dana Award Expands to Offer More Grants for Outstanding Library Public Relations

The John Cotton Dana Award rewarding innovative library public relations campaigns “is being expanded to include eight $10,000 grants.”  The award is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA and is “provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Publishing.”

Credo Reference and Brill Publishing announce new agreement

Credo Reference announces a new partnership with Brill Publishing to offer Brill’s respected collection of religion reference works beginning in 2012. “The Brill Religion Collection boasts seven key titles covering a broad spectrum of major topics. Key titles include the Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World and the Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an.”  This brings the total to thirty-eight Publisher Collections” being offered by Credo Reference.

 Salem Press Launches The Library Grants Center

“Salem Press is pleased to announce the launch of The Library Grants Center, a free web tool designed to help librarians across the United States navigate library grants at national, state, regional, and local levels. The web site focuses on grants available to all types of libraries and from a range of sources—public and private— including professional organizations, large corporations, and family foundations.”

GPO Releases Its First App

“The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web application (app), which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of Congress. Based on the Guide to the House and Senate Members and information in the Congressional Pictorial Directory, the app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. Additionally, users can search by first and last name.”

ACRL Letter on Multi-State Depository Libraries

In case you missed it, here is ACPL President Joyce Ogburn’s letter to Mr. William Boarman
Public Printer of the United States and Ms. Mary Alice Baish Superintendent of Documents regarding “recent rulings that have rejected new multi-state partnerships within the Federal Depository Library Program.”

 

 

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