*ARL, Higher Ed Groups Urge US Supreme Court to Uphold Diversity in College Admissions; *Nominations Sought for 2016 ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award; *Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age; *OCLC annual report now available; *Springer Nature implements ORCID unique digital identifiers for books and chapters; Illinois St. University: Milner Library’s New “Video Recording of NARA’s “Archives Fair 2015″ Now Online; Decipher History” Project Lets Students Help Transcribe Special Collection Documents; * *Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790–2010: A New Interactive Visualization From U.S. Census; *IT Trends Revealed at EDUCAUSE; *Adam Matthew Offers Free Sources on Historic Black Community; *Federal Election Commission Launches New Website; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.
The Association of Research Libraries reports that they have “joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 36 other higher education associations in filing an amicus brief (PDF) with the US Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin on Friday, October 30, 2015, as the court prepares to take a second look at the university’s diversity in admissions policy…”
Nominations are being sought for this award that “honors an author or authors who have written the year’s outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. The award consists of a citation and $250 contributed by ALCTS. Works published in 2015 are eligible…”
The NY Times reports that Harvard’s law librarians “are slicing off the spines of all but the rarest volumes and feeding some 40 million pages through a high-speed scanner. They are taking this once unthinkable step to create a complete, searchable database of American case law that will be offered free on the Internet, allowing instant retrieval of vital records that usually must be paid for…”
Those who are interested can “view the OCLC Annual Report for fiscal year 2015…
This year’s report highlights breakthroughs made by sharing knowledge, connecting users, delivering value and transforming spaces. Connect with colleagues around the world through videos, photos and stories that highlight their accomplishments…”
According to this press release “Springer Nature will collaborate with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) to provide the work of book authors, chapter authors and book editors with digital identifiers, ensuring the recognition of their work. These identifiers can be linked to the researcher’s contributions to enhance scientific discovery and collaboration within the research community…
- Illinois St. University: Milner Library’s New “Decipher History” Project Lets Students Help Transcribe Special Collection Documents
infoDOCKET reports that at the Milner Library’s Special Collections “students can peruse some of the many articles stored in special collections but will also have the option to transcribe those articles themselves and continue growing the diverse digital collection.
By transcribing the collection, the articles and books contained within become much easier to search by key phrases and makes the overall navigability of the department much easier for students looking to use it…”
According to infoDOCKET the “National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archives Fair 2015 took place on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C.” is now online. “The Archives Fair is an annual event for archivists and related cultural heritage professionals to meet and exchange ideas about the profession. It is sponsored by the National Archives Assembly together with the DC Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council…”
- Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790–2010: A New Interactive Visualization From U.S. Census
Also according to infoDOCKET the US Census has released “a new interactive visualization” that “shows how race and ethnicity categories have changed over time since the first census in 1790.
This allows us to better understand the relationship between historical classifications and the present time. A static version of this same visualization was presented in April 2015 at the Population Association of America’s annual meeting…”
Information Today reporting on the EDUCAUSE conference in Indianapolis, notes that issues catching the attention of attendees include “tools to facilitate and measure student recruitment, engagement, retention, and graduation. On a more granular level, companies demonstrating personal learning products, learning management systems, and video techniques gained attendee interest…”
Information Today also reports that “Adam Matthew is offering free access to The Weeksville Exhibition, part of the recently released African American Communities collection, for the month of November 2015.
In addition Information Today notes that “the Federal Election Commission (FEC)has “created beta.fec.gov, a new website being launched in phases that shares campaign finance data and information on registration and reporting, among other federal elections details…”
More corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- Amazon launches its first bricks-and-mortar location in Seattle;
- Axiell launches Spark to access and perform key library services anytime, anywhere;
- The Shanghai Library selects Ex Libris Rosetta;
- Wiley acquires CFA® exam content provider, AnalystSuccess.com;
- ByWater Solutions unveils Koha Klassmates program to library schools nationwide;
- University of Bath selects Ex Libris Alma and Leganto;
- IEEE announces participation at this year’s Web Summit;