ATG News & Announcements 11/17/15

aberdeen-library-campaignThe Year in Architecture 2015: Academic Library Data;  *New York Review of Books Archive Acquired by the New York Public Library;  *UK’s Royal College of Music Digitizing Historically Significant Musical Instruments;  *“Transportation and Health Tool” From CDC and USDOT;  *European Commission Launches European Data Portal (240,000+ Datasets From 34 Nations);  *USGS Provides Mapping Tool for Field Photographs;  *Mozambique newspaper Zambeze preserved by CAMP;   *Librarians Gather at Sharjah/ALA Conference plus  more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Library Journal has released its annual architectural data report gathered from information solicited “from academic libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015” including tables comprising “complete financial and construction statistics for the 21 academic library buildings submitted…

Here is the link to the main article.

GalleyCat reports that “the New York Public Library (NYPL) has acquired the archive of the New York Review of Books magazine. This publication garnered great fame for featuring pieces by several beloved writers such as W. H. Auden, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer.

The NYPL team estimates that the materials will require about three years to fully process before it can be made available to researchers. Some of the notable items from the archive include letters, telegrams, emails, drafts, manuscripts, and galleys…”

According to infoDOCKET “the Royal College of Music will create the largest virtual collection of historically significant musical instruments in the UK in a major partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, the Horniman Museum and the University of Edinburgh.

The collection will be available worldwide thanks to the Google Cultural Institute. Online visitors will be able to explore 40,000 instruments held in more than 100 collections across the United Kingdom. The user-friendly resource will include detailed descriptions, high quality imagery and sound recordings of many of the instruments…”

infoDOCKET also reports that a new resource entitled “the Transportation and Health Tool (THT) was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … the tool provides data on a set of transportation and public health indicators for each U.S. state and metropolitan area that describe how the transportation environment affects safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations. You can use the tool to quickly see how your state or metropolitan area compares with others in addressing key transportation and health issues…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that the EC has launchedThe European Data Portal project… Currently, the portal includes over 240.000 datasets from 34 European countries. Information about the data available is structured into thirteen different categories ranging from agriculture to transport, including science, justice, health and so on. This enables you to quickly browse through categories and feel inspired by the data made accessible…”

According to Information Today “the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) made part of its collection of field photographs publicly available in the Land Cover Trends Field Photo Map. The full collection has more than 33,000 geographically referenced field photos and associated keywords describing the land-use and land-cover change processes happening…”

The Zambeze is an independent, weekly newspaper based published in Maputo, Mozambique… Not as old as some of the country’s other newspapers, it claims approximately 10,000 copies circulated weekly. While some consider the newspaper’s coverage of the government to be balanced, it has been known to make bold allegations concerning prominent political and legislative leaders’ involvement in crime, such that there were concerns that it was a risk to press freedom…

American Libraries reports that “around 300 librarians gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 10–12 for the second annual SIBF/ALA Library Conference,… Librarians from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE, and other countries participated in the three days of programs, training, and lively networking, in both Arabic and English with translation provided…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


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