ATG News You Need to Start the Week

newspapers2After Eight Year Slump, 2015 Bookstore Sales Rise;  *Move over, Google. Here’s Wikipedia’s search engine;   *Yale Museums Making Thousands of Artwork Images Available for Free Downloading;   *UK Government Receives Independent Advice on Open Access to Research Publications and Data in New Report;   *First Digital Archive of Scholarship Related to Transgender Issues;    *President Obama Sends Marrakesh Treaty to Senate for Ratification;  and  *WHCLIST accepting nominations plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Publisher Weekly reports that “bookstores sales rose 2.5% in 2015, marking the first time since 2007 that sales in the sector were up. According to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, total bookstore sales in 2015 hit $11.17 billion, up from $10.89 billion in 2014.

The numbers come after continued signs about the category strengthening. Sales from bookstores were strong throughout 2015, with December sales having risen 8.7%, to $1.42 billion…”

According to The RegisterWikipedia developers have sketched out designs for a Wikipedia Search Engine, which would give users a one-click replacement for Google search. The search engine could also be embedded in devices such as the Kindle, or smartphones…

Instead of finding Wikipedia through Google, you could bypass Google completely…”

infoDOCKET reports that “The New Haven art spaces, as well as the campus’ Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, are at the forefront of a growing museum trend to digitize public-domain artworks in their collections and make them available for free downloading online….

The museums began digitizing and uploading artworks in 2011. Last month, YCBA (Yale Center for British Art) 22,000 more images to its online archive, bringing the total number of images to 69,000. YUAG (Yale University Art Gallery) whose 150,000-piece collection includes about 76,000 public-domain items, has posted 94,000 images…”

Also according to infoDOCKET  Open Access to Research Publications: Independent Advice was published today by the UK Government.

The report was written by: Professor Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice Principal, University of Birmingham,
Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “K.J. Rawson, assistant professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, recently launched the world’s first Digital Transgender Archive (DTA), a collection of transgender-related historical materials. Rawson’s project was recognized in 2013-14 with funding from the American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship, awarded each year to a handful of academics to advance digital humanistic scholarship…”

According to ARL NewsOn February 10, 2016, the Obama Administration sent the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled to the US Senate for ratification. The Marrakesh Treaty, concluded in June 2013 and signed by the United States in October 2013, provides minimum standards for limitations and exceptions to copyright law to create and distribute accessible formats for people with print disabilities and allows for the cross-border exchange of these formats…”

According to District Dispatch “The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the WHCLIST Award. This award is granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the Liaison hotel…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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