ATG News You Need to Start the Week 12/28/15

home-office-pixabay*UNLV University Libraries awarded grant for gaming collections;   *Studies Program of Stanford University Libraries;   *University of Kansas Researchers Developing Digital Archive of WWI Poetry by American Immigrants; and   *WV Book Team: Series further documents Appalachian folk music history; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to the 13 Action News website in Las Vegas “the UNLV University Libraries recently received a $129,600 National Archives grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to preserve and make accessible three gaming collections that provide new insight into the rapid expansion of gambling between 1970 and 2010.

The grant will support a two-year project to prepare three archival collections on gaming and gambling for research by preserving them and making them accessible…”

The Baltic Course website reports that “the collection of Baltic books, periodicals and manuscripts of Stanford University Libraries (SUL) has grown significantly during the past couple of years. This, as well as the creation of the first-ever Baltic curator position in the U.S. academic libraries has been enabled by the 2011 Kistler Ritso Foundation’s endowment to SUL, and the foundation’s continuous support towards enhancing the Baltic studies…

Together with the Baltic collection of neighboring Hoover Institution Library and Archives that mainly focuses on political issues (war, revolution, peace), SUL’s collection aims to attract Stanford students and faculty as well as visiting scholars from all over the world, including the Baltic states.

infoDOCKET reports that “a research project at the University of Kansas will create a digital archive of World War I poetry that captures the wide-ranging sentiments of American immigrants, including those who found themselves living in a country headed to war with their homeland.

For the past six months, KU students have been identifying, encoding, transcribing and annotating poetry about World War I written by American immigrants, particularly those from Germany. So far the project includes more than 300 poems.

According to infoDOCKET “archivists, especially in the public sector, are struggling to manage digital records after a decade or more of ad hoc records management projects by individual government agencies, Archives New Zealand says.

In response, the agency has developed an interim operating model and completed five “e-accessions” of digital records into the Government Digital Archive. However, that process in itself highlighted further challenges…

This post from the Charleston Gazette-Mail discusses Sounding Appalachia “a book series that documents the many rich traditions of music-making in Appalachia, including gospel, blues, country, old-time, jazz and classical music, among many others. Presenting high-quality scholarship that is written for the general reader, Sounding Appalachia will capture the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Appalachian musical practices with an ear for those stories that challenge our prevailing understandings of the region, its people and their musics…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

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