ATG News & Announcements 9/3/15

mobile-phone-426559_640*Archived webinar on university copyright services available;   *U.S. Census Adds New Features to World Population Clock Site Including International Map Viewer;  *2015 Thurber Prize Finalists Announced;  *Hachette Book Group Will Lead Sales for U.K. Division;   *EBSCO Announces Partnership With Portico*California’s Department of Justice Launches First of-its-Kind Criminal Justice Open Data Initiative *Nominations for 2016 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services awards called for;  *Deep Web Technologies creates ASKIA portal for United Nations;  *DPLA Expands Service Hub Network;  *IFLA Puts Access to Information on the Global Agenda;  plus  more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to District Dispatch “an archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “University Copyright Services” is now available. Originally webcasted on August 6th by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, presenters were Sandra Enimil, Program Director, University Libraries Copyright Resources Center from the Ohio State University, Pia Hunter, Visiting Assistant Professor and Copyright and Reserve Librarian from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Cindy Kristof, Head of Copyright and Document Services from Kent State University. They described the copyright services they offer to faculty, staff, and students at their respective institutions…”

InfoDOCKET reports that “The U.S. Census Bureau recently updated its popular World Population Clock Web tool with features and information for 228 countries. In addition to featuring the 10 most populous countries, already available in the clock, it now includes country profiles with trade and population statistics, such as total population, population per square kilometer, and goods exported from and imported to the United States. Additional features include graphics on population projections and top exported goods by U.S. state or territory…”

GalleyCat notes that “three finalists have been picked for 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor. The $5,000 prize, named after author James Thurber, honors an “outstanding book of humor writing” for the year.

The finalists include Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? memoirist Roz Chast, I See You Made an Effort author Annabelle Gurwitch, and Dear Committee Members novelist Julie Schumacher...”

GalleyCat also reports that “the Hachette Book Group (HBG)’s U.S. division will begin handling sales and distribution for Hachette U.K. (HUK) beginning January 2016.  HBG has been involved in selling HUK titles for several years, so this move just solidifies an existing process…”

According to InfoDOCKETEBSCO is partnering with Portico to preserve collections from its Digital Archives products. EBSCO’s Portico participation means that there will be uninterrupted access to the historical content in these collections.

EBSCO will be taking part in Portico’s D-Collection Preservation Service which preserves digitized historic collections on behalf of participating publishers…” 

In addition InfoDOCKET reports that “California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the launch of OpenJustice, a first-of-its-kind criminal justice open data initiative that will release unprecedented data while being interactive and easy to use. The tool consists of two components: a Dashboard that spotlights key criminal justice indicators with user-friendly visualization tools and an Open Data Portal that publishes raw data from the California Department of Justice’s statewide repository of criminal justice datasets…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. The three awards honour individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service in the fields of cataloguing and classification and acquisitions and for outstanding promise…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently launched their Access to Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa (ASKIA) portal. The federated search-based portal, built and created by Deep Web Technologies (DWT), serves as a one-stop, real-time search of multiple information sources, and includes a multilingual search and translation capability, a localised user interface and a responsive mobile design.

Information Today reports that “the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) added four new service hubs—representing Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—to its hub network. According to the press release, “The addition of these Hubs continues our efforts to help build local community and capacity, and further efforts to build an on-ramp to DPLA participation for every cultural heritage institution in the United States and its territories…”

Information Today also notes “a recent major achievement for IFLA was its success at the United Nations’ (UN) deliberations over the post-2015 development agenda, now known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda lays out 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that provide a framework for the very ambitious goals of eliminating poverty, safeguarding cultural and natural heritage, empowering women and girls, and protecting the environment…”


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