ATG News & Announcements 10/31/15

newspapers-pixabay*Subscription Scare Fuels Worries Over Who Controls Data That Scholars Need; Pew Internet Releases 2015 Device Ownership Statistics, 68% of Americans Have Smartphones…;  *New Document: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018  *Higher Ed Groups Unveil National Designation for Institutions Excelling at Self-Assessment to Drive Student Success;  *College & Research Libraries  – November 2015;  *Library Journal’s 2015 Survey of Library eBook Usage;   *American Writers Museum Launching in Chicago in 2017;   *Publishers to Provide CRL Metadata from Newspaper Databases; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “a Twitter-fueled furor erupted on Thursday after the Renaissance Society of America said that the database firm ProQuest had canceled the group’s subscription to a key collection of texts.

The controversy didn’t last long — by Thursday afternoon, ProQuest had apologized, and said that the society’s access to the material remained in place. But for many academics, the incident stoked familiar anxieties about the role of companies like ProQuest in the future of scholarly research and publishing…”

According to infoDOCKET  Pew Research reports that “today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center.1 Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups: 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone, as do 83% of those ages 30-49 and 87% of those living in households earning $75,000 and up annually…

infoDOCKET also notes that the British Library has just released a document outlining their metadata strategy. “The full title of the document (8 pages; PDF) is: Unlocking The Value: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018…

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The Association of Research Libraries encourages academic and research libraries to explore a new program recently announced by the Voluntary System of Accountability, a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU): Excellence in Assessment (EIA).

The November 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Digital Reader reports that “Library Journal published its 6th annual survey on ebook in public libraries last week.

The report, which you can download here (PDF), tells us that the number of US libraries that lend ebooks to their patrons dipped slightly in the past year (to 94%) while the average size of an ebook catalog grew from a median of 10,484 to 14,397 (this, in spite of the high prices for library ebooks)…

According to Shelf Awareness “the American Writers Museum has signed a 10-year lease for a prime location in the center of Chicago, at 180 North Michigan Avenue. Plans call for the museum, which organizers describe as “a vibrant home for the first and only museum to engage the public in celebrating American writers and their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives,” to open in 2017…”

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