ATG News & Announcements 11/25/15

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProfessor, Library Map the Medieval World;  *Gale launches first major online archive of pre-20th Century Arabic Books;  *U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Launches First “Global Dossier” Service;  More Ebooks Available Across State via a New Partnership Between Wyoming State Library and University of Wyoming Libraries;  Professor Discusses”Book Traces” Project …;  Gale launches first major online archive of pre-20th Century Arabic Books;   *Research4Life and DOAJ announce working partnership;   *Unpublished Faulkner Play Published Posthumously;  and   * Debuts Self-Publishing Tool; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Digital Shift reports that “Mappamundi is the online web portal for the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP) based out of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. It links to a series of Digital Humanities projects by scholars from around the world about people, places, and objects from the period of roughly 500–1500 CE… Many of the projects focus on areas outside of Europe and are interested in cultural exchange between peoples.

The portal was made possible by a Mellon/CLIR grant awarded to project codirector Dr. Geraldine Heng, a professor at UT Austin, and then-director of UT Libraries Fred Heath…”

According to infoDOCKET “the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative [recently] launched the first service for Global Dossier – Dossier Access.

Through Dossier Access, the public will be able to obtain data that is timely, reliable, understandable, standardized, and of high quality. Currently, the European Patent Office (EPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) provide a Global Dossier portal to the public. The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will be introducing Global Dossier in 2016…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the Wyoming State Library is pleased to announce a partnership with University of Wyoming Libraries which increases the amount of digital content available to Wyoming citizens and UW library users.

The Cloud Library CloudLink service allows users from the UW and WYLD library systems to access the complete eBook collections from both systems and to check out available materials…”

And lastly, infoDOCKET notes that recently “Assoc. English Prof. Andrew Stauffer gave a lecture about Book Traces, a project to examine pre-copyright books in the Alderman stacks for markings from the original owners and to research the stories behind them.

Book Traces is a part of a national initiative started at the University to look into libraries around the country for hidden historical value, Stauffer said. The project currently has a two-year grant…” and shows “books as more than just paper and ink, but as an important part of the lives of readers and previous owners…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Gale,…  announced the first module of Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books. Module One, which includes a wealth of content on Islamic literature, law and other religious items, is part of Gale’s ongoing Arabic digitization program offering the world’s most important Arabic collections to researchers, instructors and students…”

Library Technology Guides also reports thatResearch4Life and DOAJ have announced a working partnership that will help to ensure that the users of Research4Life will have access to the largest possible array of open access journals from publishers following a quality standard. The partnership will also help reinforce the importance of peer reviewed open access material. The partnership reinforces the work that both organisations are already doing, and creates useful new synergies…”

GalleyCat reports that a humorous play called Twixt Cup and Lip written by William Faulkner in hte early 1920’s “is being published for the first time in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine.

Andrew Gulli, managing editor of the Strand, discovered the lighthearted work in in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small special collectionsThe Guardian has more about the work:

Twixt Cup and Lip was written by Faulkner in the early 1920s, when the author would have been in his 20s. A one-act play, it is set in the apartment of a “well-to-do bachelor”, and sees two friends of around 30, Francis and Jim, each vying to convince the 19-year-old Ruth to marry them…”

GalleyCat also notes that “ is getting into the self-publishing business. Aiming to be what Smashwords is to audiobooks, the site has created a audiobook distribution service called ‘Author’s Republic’ which will allow self-published authors to sell sell audiobooks through more than a dozen distributors and retailers.

Author’s Republic will submit titles to, Audible, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Downpour, and tunein, as well as library providers such as Findaway and Overdrive. Most of these platforms will pay authors an average of 35 percent royalty on what their titles are sold for. iTunes and Amazon will pay a 25 percent royalty.


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

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