ATG News & Announcements 12/29/15

books-614711_1280In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback;  *Anne Frank’s diary can be copied for scientific research…  *Morgan Library Hosts Exhibit on Henri Matisse;    *ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced;   *2015-2016 edition of Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory available;  *University of Southern Maine: Osher Map Library is Digitizing its Rare Globe Collection, Manipulate Globes Online;  and the  *Complete, Searchable Digital Archive of the “Jewish Book Annual” Now Available Online plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to this article in the Washington Post “used bookstores, with their quintessential quirkiness, eclectic inventory and cheap prices, find themselves in the catbird seat as the pendulum eases back toward print. In many cities, that’s a de facto position: They’re the only book outlets left…”

DutchNews reports that “the original text of Anne Frank’s famous World War II diaries may be copied for academic research, judges in Amsterdam said on Tuesday. The Basel-based Anne Frank Fund, which owns the copyright to Anne’s work, had asked the court to ban the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank Foundation from copying the texts and publishing them for academic research. The court said that in this case at least, scientific freedom is more important than protecting copyright and that Anne’s legacy as a writer is of great historical and social importance.

GalleyCat notes that the Morgan Library & Museum has been showcasing Matisse’s little known book-related projects in the “Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts” exhibit…

Evidently, “between 1912 and his death in 1954, he was engaged in nearly fifty book illustration projects, many produced with his direct involvement in page layout, typography, lettering, ornament, and cover design. He planned these publications with his characteristic vigilance and zeal, seeking a perfect fusion of image and text…”

ACRL Insider reports that the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the workshopScholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” as road show events in 2016. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road.

ALA News notes the publication of “the 2015 – 2016 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies…”

infoDOCKET also notes that while “some of the almost 300 globes at the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine have been hidden from public view for hundreds of years “or “were on display, but under glass or too fragile to handle… now the library on the Portland campus is in the midst of a multi-year project, funded with a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to digitize 24 of the globes, making 3-D images available online to scholars, students and the curious…”

In addition, according to infoDOCKET “a treasure trove of American Jewish literary news and opinion spanning the second half of the 20th century is now available as a free digital archive.

Launched in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Jewish Book Council, the searchable archive of the Jewish Book Annual is the culmination of a multiyear partnership between the council and the Center for Jewish History, which provided the technological resources to digitize the 56 issues of the journal through its Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory…”



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