China is consolidating position as scientific powerhouse, says Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement; *Jisc upgrades Janet network; *New Survey Shows Used and Rented Textbooks Still Trump e-Textbooks; *Dallas-Fort Worth Local Music Digital Archive Under Development at University of Texas at Arlington; *‘Crazy but fantastic’: Man Booker prize pitches tiny publishers into big league; *Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to broaden access to EMI Music Canada Archive; and *Synergy Issue 13 Explores Promoting Diversity and Equity in Libraries and Archives; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
- China is consolidating position as scientific powerhouse, says Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement
According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement that identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality research publications, … shows that Chinese institutions are leading the world in rapidly increasing high-quality research outputs…”
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Jisc has announced that it is upgrading its Janet network to triple capacity across parts of the network over the next three years. The upgrade will see the core network capacity across some paths increased from 200Gb to 600Gb, improving potential access to distance learning and web-based educational resources while continuing to provide organisations, students, researchers, academics and staff with an efficient, high-speed network that enables effective collaboration…”
According to this report in The Digital Reader “digital textbooks are one of those ideas which publishers and technologists love but students don’t like so much. They failed to catch on for a couple obvious reasons (money, and the fact that college students lack the same) and as a recent survey showed us this is still true in 2016…”
infoDOCKET reports that “a new website developed at The University of Texas at Arlington plans to make music produced by UTA music students, alumni, professors and independent artists in the North Texas region available for free to the world…”
David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, is developing MusicDetour – the DFW Local Music Archive,” with three goals in mind: to house local music, develop big data that is open and available to all, and to build community…”
According to The Guardian “A year after Marlon James and his indie press Oneworld beat publishing giants to win the Man Booker, three independent publishers have made the 2016 longlist…”
- Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to broaden access to EMI Music Canada Archive while preserving original audio materials
UToday reports that “the University of Calgary has received a grant of $275,000 CAD from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City for Libraries and Cultural Resources to design effective methods for reformatting, preserving and administering access to audio recordings in the EMI Music Canada Archive, one of the most culturally significant 20th century collections acquired by a research library…”
According to ARL News “The July 2016 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three articles that relate to strategies of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for increasing diversity and promoting equity in the academic and research library and archive communities.