ATG News You Need to Start the Week 7/18/20

news - worldCOA announces accreditation decisions made at 2016 Annual Conference;   *University of Montana Library Cuts Staff & Additional Funding Needed to Keep Current Schedule;   *Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the American Association of Geographers;   *The Internet Archive’s “Political TV Ad Archive” Receives New Funding to Continue Important Work;   *Small Claims Copyright Act Introduced in the House;   *Two recent additions to the OCLC Research Library Partnership;  and the  *IMLS Creates Initiative for Community Connection; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

ALA News reports that “the Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Continued Accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled to take place in spring 2023:..”

According to infoDOCKET “when students head to the University of Montana this fall, they’ll find a library with nearly 12 percent fewer permanent staff – and a unit that still may be struggling to find money to stay open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Mansfield Library lost 11.5 full-time equivalents on July 1, including three students, Dean of Libraries Shali Zhang confirmed on Friday. She estimated the cut leaves the staff at a total of 60, give or take, as well as some 62 students working a variety of shifts…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world…”

In addition, according to infoDOCKET “thanks to generous support from the Rita Allen Foundation, … the Political TV Ad Archive, a project of the Internet Archive, will be ramping up to track political ads airing in eight key battleground states in the lead up to Election Day…”

GalleyCat reports that “Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that will give authors the right to resolve “small” copyright claims.

The bill, known as the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016, gives individual authors to right to defend their intellectual property rights without having to file a massive federal lawsuit…”

According to OCLC Research there are “two additions to the OCLC Research Library Partnership!

  • Texas A&M University, the oldest public university in Texas, is one of the largest universities in the United States and is a land-, sea- and space-grant institution. The Partner Representative is Paula Sullenger, Associate Dean for Information Resources.
  • University of Bath, a public research-intensive university in the United Kingdom, ranked as the UK’s top university in the 2015 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. The Partner Representative is Kate Robinson, University Librarian.

Information Today reports that IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) has “introduced the Community Catalyst Initiative, which is designed to help libraries and museums better understand their roles in their communities and how they can enable positive community change…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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