News You Need to Start the Week 9/7/15

media - macbook-pixabay*ALCTS partners with Charleston Conference on data curation event;   *New Survey: Academic Librarians and Faculty Need More Collaboration, Communication to Influence Student and Faculty Success;  *University of Maryland: “McKeldin Library Receives a $500,000-Plus Makeover”; Library groups keep up fight for net neutrality;   *University of Iowa: “10,000 Zines and Counting: a Library’s Quest to Save the History of Fandom”;   *FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance; *STM’s Article-Sharing Principles Get Update;   *IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries report available;   *ProQuest launches next database of Early European Books with Collection 7; and  more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ALAnews report that “an ALCTS preconference to the Charleston Conference focuses on “An Introduction to Library Research Data Management Services.” The preconference takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Registration is now open online. Registration fees are $159 for ALCTS members and $225 for non-members…

Preconference presenters include Jennifer Doty, research data librarian in the Scholarly Communications Office of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University, Christopher Eaker, data curation librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Libraries and Robin Champieux, scholarly communication librarian at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.”

Closer collaboration is needed between librarians and faculty at colleges and universities, according to a new survey by Library Journal and Gale, a global provider of research resources and part of Cengage Learning. The survey of roughly 500 faculty and 500 librarians revealed disconnects about the need for faculty and campus librarians to work together and communicate more, and the role of the library on campus…”

According to InfoDOCKET “in an effort to provide a more inviting and attractive space conducive to both group and individual study time, McKeldin Library has implemented hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of upgrades and renovations this summer…

Completed thus far are two of the three main classrooms on the sixth floor and one on the seventh floor… Funding for these projects came from library technology fees, library plant reserve funds and campus facilities management…”

InfoDOCKET also notes that “the University of Iowa is home to almost a century of fandom history. Its library’s special collections house everything from 1920s “dime novel” reviews to T-shirts that were auctioned off in protest of the 2002 Farscape cancellation. In 2012, though, it acquired one of the most valuable resources yet: the library of James “Rusty” Hevelin, a lifelong science fiction superfan and prolific collector of books and fanzines dating back to the 1930s. Last year, the Hevelin Collection was chosen as the first target of the university’s Fan Culture Preservation Project, a massive effort to digitize some of the most vulnerable and ephemeral pieces of science fiction history…” 

District Dispatch reports that “library groups are again stepping to the front lines in the battle to preserve an open internet. The American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Association for Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have requested the right to file an amici curiae brief supporting the respondent in the case of United States Telecom Association (USTA) v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and United States of America. The brief would be filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit—which also has decided two previous network neutrality legal challenges. ALA also is opposing efforts by Congressional Appropriators to defund FCC rules…”

ALAnews reports that “the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers’ First Amendment rights…”

The lawsuit, Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency, was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation and a broad coalition of educational, human rights, legal, and media organizations.   It challenges the National Security Agency’s “Upstream” surveillance program.

Information Today reports that STM has released “a revised version of its “Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks.” Based on feedback from a consultation in early 2015, the principles list a set of core beliefs such as, “Publishers and libraries should be able to measure the amount and type of sharing, using standards such as COUNTER, to better understand the habits of their readers and quantify the value of the services they provide.” STM also provided a commentary paper outlining the changes to the principles, updates from the working group, and future plans…”

Prepared by OCLC ResearchIMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries summarizes the May 2015 IMLS forum on advancing learning in libraries. The event covered a variety of topics, including participatory learning, early learning; adult education and workforce development, continuing education and professional development, and digital literacy and inclusion. The interdependent relationship between research and practice and the alignment of curriculum in the academy programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s libraries and the communities they serve were also discussed…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that ProQuest has launched “the next database of Early European Books (EEB) with Collection 7, making another 7,450 titles available. This will bring the EEB program to more than 40,000 titles and 14 million pages of valuable images from the early modern period. The total number of page images in EEB now surpasses the number of page images in ProQuest’s … Early English Books Online, EEBO database…”


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