ATG News & Announcements 3/29/16

information*New Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Professional Development;  *Major research library organizations meet to discuss international collaboration;   *8,000 Library Jobs Have Disappeared in the UK;   *NFAIS Welcomes New Member;   *Qatar National Library signs with Zepheira to bring collections to the web;   *Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million To Vanderbilt For New Center For Digital Humanities;   *Israel’s National Library Unveils New 21st Century Look…  and  *University of British Columbia: Centuries-Old Medieval Manuscripts Added to Library Collection plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ACRL announces two new professional development offerings focusing on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy. Developed by curriculum designers Maryam Fakouri, ‎intellectual property librarian at Columbia College in Chicago, and John Watts, undergraduate learning librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, these programs will help build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (e.g., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the first joint meeting of five of the world’s most prominent academic and research library organisations took place at the British Library in London on March 8, 2016, ahead of the Research Libraries UK Conference. The meeting gathered together the elected leaders and executive directors of the Association of Research Libraries (US and Canada), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries/Association des Bibliothèques de Recherche du Canada, the Council of Australian University Librarians, Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries and Research Libraries UK…”

According to GalleyCat “eight thousand library jobs in the U.K. have gone away over the past six years, about a quarter of the overall total, according to the BBC.

During that time frame, 343 libraries have closed — 207 were based in buildings and 132 of these were mobile services. During these years, 15,500 volunteers have been recruited across the library system…”

Information Today reports that “NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) announced that Florida’s Council of State University Libraries (CSUL) became its newest member. The council represents 11 university libraries in the state, including current NFAIS member the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, and the University of Central Florida. CSUL’s libraries “provide access to collections and services that support the teaching, research and service missions of Florida’s state universities and the communities they serve…”

According to Library Technology GuidesQatar National Library has signed with Zepheira to transform its collection catalog into linked data format and share it broadly on the Web. QNL is the first library in the Middle East and North Africa region to bring its collections to the Web with Linked Data technologies developed by Zepheira…”

According to infoDOCKET  “Vanderbilt University has received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new Center for Digital Humanities. The trans-institutional initiative will further Vanderbilt’s commitment to becoming a national hub of innovative digital humanities scholarship…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “the cornerstone laying ceremony at the new [Israeli] National Library will take place next Tuesday, yet design images were released to the public on Monday.

Construction of the library is estimated to last four years with plans to open its doors to the public in 2020.

The new library will be erected in Jerusalem’s Kiryat HaLeom (National Quarter) on a plot located at the intersection of Kaplan Street and Derech Rupin Road, opposite the Knesset and next door to the Israel Museum…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the acquisition of two outstanding medieval manuscripts – including a rare 13th-century Bible – has bolstered UBC Library’s rare book holdings and provided valuable, real-life texts for teaching and learning…

UBC Library purchased the titles by auction in December. They include a “student Bible” and a private devotional book called a Book of Hours. Both purchases were entirely donor-funded; the Bible cost about $172,000, while the Book of Hours cost about $39,000…”


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