ATG News & Announcements 9/10/16

news-pixabayCollection Assessment, SPEC Kit 352, Published by ARL;   *Open Library Foundation Established;   *Pearson slides as rivals warn on textbook sales;  *ALCTS 2017 Publication Awards nominations sought;   *BBC Begins Using “Automated Data Architecture” to Help with Discovery, Navigation of Permanently Available Programs;  *National Library of Ireland – ‘On our Way Back Up’, Says Director, Five Year Strategic Plan Released; and the Copyright Clearance Center’s Get It Now Available to Spanish Academic Libraries; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ARL News announces that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Collection Assessment, SPEC Kit 352, an exploration of which collection assessment methods, measures, and practices ARL member libraries currently employ. This study gathered information on which library staff collect and analyze data, for what purposes the results are used, with whom data is shared, and how well assessment questions are answered. The survey also investigated whether the available methods, data, and tools are aligned with the purposes for assessing collections…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “the Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop transformative solutions for libraries…”

According to the Financial TimesPearson hit a three-month low on Thursday after weak results from two competitors deepened concerns that academic publishing is suffering from a structural downturn.

John Wiley and Barnes & Noble Education both reported sharp falls in textbook sales, with Wiley warning that its traditional publishing business was “under considerable pressure, particularly in education…”

According to ALA News “nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library collections and technical services.

If you are interested in nominating a publication for either of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1…”

infoDOCKET reports that the BBC is “launching a new piece of technology called ADA (Automated Data Architecture) that unearths and helps people navigate the BBC’s rich archive of permanently available programmes.  Currently there are “over 15,000 permanently available programmes, largely radio programmes, on the BBC website dating back decades, but they can be very difficult to find…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “The National Library of Ireland [launched] its new five-year strategy at its imposing premises next door to Leinster House on Kildare Street.

The launch comes at a pivotal moment in the library’s 140-year existence. After seven years of cuts, during which its annual budgets fell from a high of almost €12 million in 2008 to a low of under €7 million, and the loss of a quarter of its staff, the NLI is now embarking on a process of renewal, according to its director Sandra Collins. “We’re on our way back up…”

BusinessWire reports that theCopyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content technology company, announced that its … academic solution Get It Now will be offered to the libraries of Spanish higher education institutions through the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO)…”


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