ATG News & Announcements 3/3/15

digitalThe ultimate archive – for Bob Dylan fans;   *One Year After Net Neutrality, FCC Commissioner Calls Rules ‘a Dud’;   *The Research Ethics Library: A New Resource From the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees;   *The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme Releases Three New Collections Online;   *Knowledge Unlatched enables a further 78 books to be Open Access;   *SHARE Curation Associates—Call for Applications for 2016–2017;   *The University of Iowa Libraries celebrate and promote their digital collections on social media; and  *European University Association Publishes Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to TeleRead “one very important archival development – for a very popular niche – has just been announced, as “the Bob Dylan Archive has been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and The University of Tulsa and will be permanently housed in Tulsa, under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research.” This archive is already “being digitized and preserved by a digital curation team for eventual public exhibition and academic access…”

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai marked the first anniversary of the FCC’s divisive net neutrality Internet regulations, passed a year ago Friday, by predicting their demise in the courts, Congress or at the agency itself.

“One year ago today, the FCC decided to join 20th century regulation and the 21st century Internet together in not-so-holy matrimony,” the Republican commissioner told a crowd gathered at the Washington headquarters of the conservative policy group Heritage Foundation Friday. “It’s fitting that the traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper — for that’s pretty much all that utility-style regulation has produced over the last 12 months…”

According to infoDOCKET “the Research Ethics Library [now available in English] is an online resource for research ethics education. This web-based collection offers more than 80 articles written by experts on all subject areas. The library is unique in terms of its broad approach to research ethics.

Our aim is for the library to serve as a resource for academic institutions by providing an introduction to the main issues in research ethics. Rather than presenting an encyclopedia or a set of answers, we aim to encourage debate and reflection…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “during February the BL’s Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) shared three new digital collections online.

The Programme’s aim is to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide…”

According to No Shelf Required Knowledge Unlatched (KU) has “announce the ‘unlatching’* of 78 new titles. These titles have been made Open Access through the support of both individual libraries and library consortia from across the globe.This brings the total to over 100 titles now available as Open Access since 2014, when KU celebrated the success of its Pilot Collection with 28 Humanities and Social Sciences monographs from 13 publishers being unlatched by nearly 300 libraries worldwide…”

ARL News reports that “SHARE is accepting applications through Monday, March 21, 2016, for the first group of 20 curation associates, whose appointments will run July 2016–July 2017. The SHARE Curation Associates program provides an opportunity for library professionals to develop digital curation and computational thinking skills to enhance local institutional repositories in a service-learning setting…” 

OCLC News notes that “the University of Iowa Libraries use social media to promote their collections in many different ways. They strive to share with users the breadth and variety of their special collections.

Tumblr is the social media tool the university libraries use the most. One of their pages, Iowa City Past, shares digital collections from the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Public Library. The libraries like using Tumblr because it accommodates many types of content, including video, images and audio…”

And lastly according to infoDOCKET “in February the European University Association (EUA) published its “Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications” following its endorsement by the EUA Council at its meeting on 29 January 2016…

The main objective of the roadmap is to assist universities in the transition to Open Access. It is the first step in a proposed larger series of EUA initiatives…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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