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magazine-891005_1280*British Library to put very big royal atlas online;   *Wikipedia Celebrates Its 15th Birthday With Librarian-Centric Campaign;   *Folger Shakespeare Library Previews New Reference Resource Launching Online Soon;   *First Ever All-Digital Geologic Map of Alaska Published by USGS, Available Online;   *Assessment in Action Comprehensive Bibliography Now Available;   *University of Texas to Digitize Gabriel Garcia Marquez Archive; and   *CRL to Purchase Seven New Collections plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Art Newspaper “the British Library in London is a quarter of the way through a major project to re-catalogue, digitise and conserve a 50,000-strong map collection assembled by Britain’s famous collector-king, George III (1738-1820). Among the objects to be digitally photographed is the world’s second largest atlas, which measures a huge 1.8m by 2.3m…”

Information Today reports that “The Wikipedia Library team invites librarians to help Wikipedia celebrate its 15th birthday on Jan. 15, 2016, by adding one reference to any Wikipedia article. The organization will host #1Lib1Ref, a weeklong, global campaign to engage peers in global research, library, and cultural sectors. It encourages librarians to participate by tweeting about the campaign, writing blog posts, hosting webinars or other educational activities about how to contribute to Wikipedia, and more…”

According to infoDOCKET  the Folger Shakespeare Library will be releasing a new online reference source called “Shakespeare DocumentedWhen it launches in mid-January, it will be the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “a new digital geologic map of Alaska is being released today providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to resource extraction, conservation, natural hazards and recreation.

The map gives visual context to the abundant mineral and energy resources found throughout the state in a beautifully detailed and accessible format…”

ARCL Insider notes the availability of the new Assessment in Action Bibliography which complements the efforts of the Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) program . The bibliography lists “dozens of journal articles, conference presentations and other public reports. This bibliography aims to be comprehensive, capturing all scholarly and practice-based literature and presentations about AiA and campus projects conducted as part of the AiA program by campus team members, facilitators, and ACRL staff…”

According to GalleyCat “the University of Texas at Austin plans to digitize its archive of Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Harry Ransom Center, an institution based at the University of Texas at Austin, acquired the archive of the late author after his death in 2014. The new project will be funded by a $126,730 grant from the nonprofit Council on Library and Information Resources, according to a report in The Associated Press…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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