ATG News & Announcements 10/15/15

news4-pixabay*AAUP receives planning grant to explore new discovery-and-delivery platform for scholarly books;   *ProQuest adds ORCID to its Dissertations and Theses database;   *GPO Formally Announces Plan to Digitize Two Million Pages of the U.S. Federal Register;   *Bentley Historical Library Acquires Kevorkian Papers, Now Open to the Public;   *More Than 1000 Items From Kenya’s National Archives Now Online via Google Cultural Institute;   *ACRL e-Learning call for proposals – 11/6 deadline;   *Inflation-Adjusted ARL Library Expenditures Data Available from University of Connecticut;  and ACLS Humanities Ebook Adds New Titles and MARC Records; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has received a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the exploration of a university press platform for discovery and delivery of longform scholarship.

With the working name UPScope, the discovery and delivery platform would be based on the model of AcademyScope, the innovative content visualisation and discovery interface developed by the National Academies Press (NAP). Using the unique ‘Related Engine’ search algorithm, AcademyScope surfaces the deep web of connections between NAP publications, breaking down disciplinary silos and creating new paths linking scholarship…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the ProQuest Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Administrator, a submission and review platform, now enables dissertations and theses authors to add or create an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) when they submit their work. ORCID is a community-driven initiative that allows researchers to easily and precisely distinguish their work through the assignment of a unique identifier that is maintained in a central registry. ORCIDs will be assigned as part of the deposit process into ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT Global), the renowned database of graduate works from the world’s leading universities…”

According to infoDOCKET  “the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. A total of 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. GPO employees will hand pack and catalogue every issue. The project is expected to be completed in 2016. Currently, digital versions dating to 1994 to the present are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys)...”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library has acquired the papers of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a controversial Detroit-area native best known for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide and terminal patients’ “right to die.”
The collection, donated by Kevorkian’s niece Ava Janus, comprises materials spanning 1911 to 2014.

According to this link provided by infoDOCKET  “through a partnership between the Kenyan government and Google, the East African country’s national archives, documents and relics can now be accessed through a digital platform. The national archives is home to millions of historic documents and material, including history, art and cultural symbols that tell the story of Kenya, all of which can now be accessed through a mobile application…”


According to ACRL Insider interested librarians can “submit a proposal for a live webcast or asynchronous online course and share your cutting-edge practices and innovative developments with your colleagues.  Check out the ACRL e-Learning Call for Proposals online…

How to submit a proposal
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form by November 6, 2015.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.”

ARL Newsnotes that “many ARL member libraries and industry experts seek inflation-adjusted ARL library expenditures data. Now these data are available in an interactive graphical interface thanks to the work of Steve Batt, associate director of the Connecticut State Data Center—a collaboration between the University of Connecticut (UConn) Libraries, the UConn Department of Geography, and the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. You can access and customize the graphs for “Inflation-adjusted expenditures for individual ARL libraries, 1987–2014” in addition to the “Median library expenditures among ARL libraries, 1963–2014” and “Percent change in expenditures, 1987–2014.” Batt used data from the annual ARL Statistics publication and the ARL Statistics Analytics along with Tableau data-visualization software to create these interactive graphs…”

According to their website “ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) subscribers now have access to 371 titles newly added to our online collection. MARC records for the additions may be downloaded for integration with library holdings (please see below for instructions). With the 2015 release, the HEB collection now totals 4,680 titles.


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