ATG News You Need to Start the Week

ALA exhibitfloorTwenty organizations endorse the Library Digital Privacy Pledge;   *Introducing FOLIO – A new collaboration bringing libraries, service providers and developers together to speed innovation and redefine the future of library automation;   *ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards  Article/Data Set:Yale Researchers Map 6,000 Years of Urban Settlements”;   *U of Calgary’s New EMI Music Archive is a Treasure Trove of Canadian Music History;   *Knowledge Unlatched and University of Michigan Library collaborate to advance open access;  and *Total Boox, a Library, and a Hospital Break New Ground with the Launch of the World’s First FREE READING ZONE;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to Library Technology Guides “twenty organizations- libraries, publishers, library vendors, and library organizations have endorsed the Library Freedom Project’s Library Digital Privacy Pledge. These organizations are improving privacy for library users by implementing secure protocols on their web services and asking partners to do likewise.

PRNewswire reports that  “…The new initiative, FOLIO, provides a platform for libraries, service providers, and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects. The goal is to cultivate interest groups, form partnerships and spark conversations that will lead to the creation of new services and technologies for libraries.

FOLIO, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, is a new community coming together to develop a reimagined library services platform (LSP), one that supports traditional resource management requirements and functionality, yet is engineered for innovation and growth through industry collaboration…”

According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the fifth profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Virginia (UVA) Library, which has facilitated e-scholarship in a variety of forms for more than 20 years…”

According to ACRL Insider “today the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting on Monday afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando…”

infoDOCKET reports thatA recent Yale-led study offers new clarity on historical urbanization trends and patterns, providing the first spatially explicit dataset of the location and size of urban settlements globally over the past 6,000 years…”

Also according to infoDOCKET, “The university library (University of Calgary) has acquired the entire EMI Music Canada archive from Universal Music Canada, which includes thousands of boxes worth of documents, master recordings, demo tapes, album cover art, and publicity photos from a wide range of Canadian music acts…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes thatKnowledge Unlatched (KU), … and University of Michigan Library… have announced that they will collaborate to study and overcome remaining obstacles to the spread of open access scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Under the arrangement, U-M Library will provide a North American base for KU which has recently also established presences in Germany and Australia.

According to No Shelf Required Total Boox announced this morning it has joined forces with a library and a hospital in Texas to launch the world’s first Free Reading ZoneSM (FREZSM). This is a monumental undertaking that hits at the heart of library outreach, digital literacy, and the point where the two meet to support and enable reading in ways not seen before…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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