ATG News & Announcements 8/29/15

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*British Library declines Taliban archive over terror law fears;   *Author Solutions Case Ends With Settlement *Call for Nominations: Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award  *Bibliobtyes : New Library Blog on Higher Education, Technology and Topics in Libraries and Publishing;  *University of Texas System Launches First All-Digital, No-Paper Textbook Degree Program at UT Rio Grande Valley;   *Cornell University Library … to Digitize Four Hidden University Collections;    *Videos and slides from OCLC Research Library Partnership Rep, Rank and Role meeting now available *New blog post provides update on OCLC and RLUK collaboration;  *UK Medical Heritage Library Digitalization Project Reaches Milestone;   *Setting an Agenda to Advance Learning in Libraries;   *New Media Consortium (NMC) has released the Horizon Report – Library Edition 2015;  *Seeking nominations and submissions for the 2016 RUSA Achievement Awards; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources. 

The BBC reports that “the British Library has declined to store a large collection of Taliban-related documents because of concerns regarding terrorism laws. The collection, related to the Afghan Taliban, includes official newspapers, maps and radio broadcasts.

Academics have criticised the decision saying it would be a valuable resource to understand the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan.

The library said it feared it could be in breach of counter-terrorism laws. It said it had been legally advised not to make the material accessible…”

Publishers Weekly reports that “a closely watched lawsuit that had accused self-publishing service provider Author Solutions of fraud appears to be over.

On August 12, Judge Denise Cote ordered the case discontinued without prejudice after being informed by the parties that a settlement had been reached, following a court-ordered conference held on August 11. A settlement was not unexpected, coming just weeks after Cote dealt the plaintiff authors’ case a presumably fatal blow by denying class action status…””

Nominations for the Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award are due December 4th! The award recognizes an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to the library profession through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity… The award recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press…

According to a recent email post “Texas Tech Libraries is featuring a new blog called Bibliobytes The format is annotated news and excerpts from the areas of Higher Education, Technology and Topics in Libraries and Publishing. We invite your participation through comments and suggestions. Let us know what you think

(The Blog is maintained by Jim Brewer ( from the Library’s Technology and Management Services’ R&D Team. It began publication in May of 2015.)

InfoDOCKET  reports that “entering freshmen enrolled in the new biomedical sciences degree program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will never have to buy a traditional textbook.

Instead, their course materials will be delivered to them on iPads, which they [received at orientation earlier this week]. All classroom and online content can be accessed with iPads via TEx (Total Educational Experience), a revolutionary, mobile-first, application designed by the UT System to boost student engagement and retention…”

InfoDOCKET also notes that “some hidden Cornell treasures soon will be available to scholars around the world, thanks to the Cornell University Library and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Grants Program for Digital Collections, which this year awarded four grants.

One such treasure is the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, which includes more than 10,000 items of apparel, flat textiles and accessories dating from the late 18th century…”

OCLC Research notes that “if you missed all or part of the OCLC Research Library Partnership Rep, Rank and Role meeting, or just want to review its insightful presentations and interesting discussions, see the event page for links to videos, slides and photos from the meeting. In addition, view the video playlist on YouTube and read the short series of blog posts that recap the meeting on HangingTogether

This gathering focused on the library’s contribution to university ranking and researcher reputation…”

OCLC Research also reports that “several months ago, a new initiative was announced between OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), … to improve collaborative collection management and increase resource visibility in the RLUK consortium through WorldCat,… A new blog post, RLUK Collective Collection in Context—the OCLC Research Perspective, by OCLC Research Scientists Constance Malpas and Brian Lavoie, provides an update on this collaboration…

ResourceShelf reports that “In July the UK-MHL project reached the halfway point, with over 26,000 titles digitised, resulting in nearly 8 million images. Our goal is to reach 15 million pages in early 2016.

Each of the 10 partner institutions has contributed books and pamphlets from a wide range of medical and health-related areas, but each has a slightly different emphasis – University College London contributed a large number of ophthalmology books and pamphlets, while the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine naturally focuses on public health and tropical diseases…”

According to the IMLS Blog  a summary report is now available outlining the major discussion points of an IMLS Focus convened in May on the subject of learning in libraries .  “The report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights some of the key themes and issues raised by convening presenters and participants. We hope that these notes will be particularly useful for those interested in proposing projects related to our Learning in Libraries funding priority in both the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program…”

In a recent email the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) notes that  “the New Media Consortium (NMC) has released the Horizon Report – Library Edition 2015.

“The report identifies trends accelerating technology adoption in academic and research libraries in three time “horizons” and also notes challenges impeding technology adoption and important developments in technology for academic and research libraries.

Some of the findings are that “Increasing Value of the User Experience” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” are key short-term impact trends driving changes in academic and research libraries over the next one to two years…”

According to ALANews “Beginning Sept. 1, 2015, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominations for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015…”



More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.


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