ATG News & Announcements 12/26/15

keyboard-pixabayMellon Grant Puts Digital Publishing at the Front-line;   *ALA president urges Michigan governor to veto bill prohibiting access to information;  *ALA, ACRL Submit Comments to Dept. of Ed on Open Licensing;   *AAUP and PLS to work together to create awareness for UK Royalties Direct…;    *New Manuscripts From the National Library of Greece Digitized and Now Online;  *IFLA Releases 2014 Annual Report;   *New ALA Report: “After Access: Libraries and Digital Empowerment…”   and   *National Library of Medicine Highlights 2016 MeSH Improvements; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to UConn Today “a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help to expand digital scholarship at UConn with the establishment of a Scholarly Communications Design Studio. The award is part of the Mellon Foundation’s digital publishing initiative, a multi-pronged effort to support and accelerate the evolution of academic publishing in the Internet age.

The start-up funding of $99,000 will bring together a collaboration among the Digital Media & Design Department in the School of Fine Arts, the University Libraries, and the Humanities Institute that will make a systematic intervention into the ways scholarship is researched, authored, presented, and published in the digital age…”

ALA News reports that “American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman urges Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a campaign reform bill that would ultimately impact Michigan residents’ access to campaign information. Senate Bill 571 was passed on Dec. 16, with amendments from the House including a provision that bars government employees from using public funds to distribute information about a local ballot proposal 60 days before it appears on the ballot…”

ACRL Insider reports that ALA and ACRL have “submitted joint comments applauding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule for “Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs” (proposed § 3474.20) which would amend regulations so that all Department grantees who are awarded direct competitive grant funds are required to openly license content to the public…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has announced that it would work together with the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) to create awareness for UK Royalties Direct. UK Royalties Direct is a new program for American publishers that offers unparalleled visibility into how their works are used in the UK, while providing greater protections for their intellectual property and streamlining the payment and processing of rights revenue…”

infoDOCKET reports that “new manuscripts digitized by the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) have just been added to our searchable collection. These include 10 manuscripts from the National Library of Greece (NLG) in Athens, the site of our ongoing digitization project for 2015–16.…”

Also according to infoDOCKET, “the 2014 annual report was released online today by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Direct to Full Text Report (20 pages; PDF)

In addition, infoDOCKET notes the publication of a new ALA report that “explores the ways in which libraries throughout the nation are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress. Titled After Access: Libraries & Digital Empowerment: Building Digitally Inclusive Communities, the paper shares research, resources and expert conversations gathered from a summit of digital inclusion advocates hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)…”

Resource Shelf cites  the NLM Technical Bulletin  to note that the National Library of Medicine reports working on projects that are designed to improve the MeSH vocabulary. Several of these projects were directed towards to revamping our MeSH tree structure to make it easier to understand…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


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