News & Announcements 7/29/15

coffee and computer file0001711682994Libraries: Apply now for 2016 IMLS National Medals;  *Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to bring FASTR Act up for mark-up on July 29;  *The UNC at Greensboro Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project Website moves to CONTENTdm;    *National Association of College Stores Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials;   *Videos of Presentations From the 2015 Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) Annual Meeting Now Available Online; *The Consumer Expenditure Survey Gets a Makeover  *Copyright Clearance Center Adds Producers to Motion Picture License;  *E-library project led by NGO Electronic Information for Libraries transform scholarship in Myanmar; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Digital Shift reports that “the application period is now open for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor. Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015.

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According to KnowledgeSpeak “after a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the ‘Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act’ up for mark-up on July 29, 2015. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the ‘Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment…’

OCLC reports that “earlier this year, the UNCG Libraries Digital Projects Team moved the Women Veterans Historical Project website to be powered by OCLC’s CONTENTdm…

One of the primary objectives of the UNCG Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) is to maximize user accessibility to more than 600 collections. These collections document the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of almost 3,500 digitized objects, including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms and posters, as well as published works…

InfoDOCKET reports that National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) has released its twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S. “The study, Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: Spring 2015 shows that average annual spending by students on required course materials has dropped from $701 in 2007/2008 to $563 in 2014/2015. The $563 average also dropped approximately $75, from $638, between the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic years…

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InfoDOCKET also notes that “In the past 24 hours videos of presentations from the 2015 Society of Scholarly Publishers Annual Meeting (SSP) have started to become available on the SSP YouTube Channel.  The 2015 SSP Annual Meeting took place on May 27-29 at the Marriott Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

We suggest (at least at this point) using the conference schedule and speakers list to help you discover videos that might be of interest … since the YouTube title only contains date of session, time of session, and last name of the speaker.

The YouTube collection of SSP Meeting videos is in reverse chronological order.

Information Today reports on  “the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 10th Consumer Expenditure (CE) Microdata Users’ Workshop that took place in Washington, D.C., July 15–17 and was preceded on July 14 by the CE Survey Methods Symposium, which highlighted the Gemini Project (for redesigning the CE survey). Both the workshop and the symposium consisted of presentations by BLS staffers and academics from around the country who have used CE survey data for economic research, as well as hands-on practical training sessions with the data…”

ResourceShelf reports that the “Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), …, has announced the addition of over 350 producers to its Motion Picture License (MPL), including Lionsgate Entertainment, producers of Mad Men and distributors of The Hunger Games and Twilight. The MPL features performance rights from tens of thousands of titles from more than 1,000 producers around the world, including all major Hollywood studios…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “an e-library project led by the international NGO Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) is providing instant access to resources across all disciplines for unlimited number of students to use the same book or journal at the same time. For over a year now, 166,000 students and 4,000 academic staff at seven universities in Myanmar have had round-the-clock access to more than 10,000 scholarly journals and 130,000 academic books…”


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