ATG News You Need to Start the Week 9/5/16

news - man carryingALA makes recommendations to FCC on digital inclusion plan;   *A Look at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State University – St. Paul Public Joint-Use Library;   *Queens Library Launches Digital Archives;   *The Diaries of George S. Patton From 1910-1945 Digitized and Now Available Online;   *Mansfield Library cuts collection, sets sights on cloud-based system;   *Salisbury University Opens $117 Million Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons;   *Musical scores by Canadian composers now searchable in university’s library catalogue;    *Ebooks on Wiley Online Library platform now available for purchase via OASIS;  and *Overleaf and the Center for Open Science partner on a new OSF Preprints service plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Digital Dispatch reports that “as part of its modernization of the Lifeline program in March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charged its Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB) with developing a digital inclusion plan that addresses broadband adoption issues. Yesterday the ALA filed a letter with the Commission with recommendations for the plan…” 

infoDOCKET has posted an article about the Met­ro­pol­i­tan State University – St. Paul Public Joint-Use Library. Originally appearing in the The Metropilitan, the student newspaper at Met­ro­pol­i­tan State University, it discusses this rare joint-use library noting that “Metro State’s is the only com­bined pub­lic and col­lege aca­d­e­mic library in Min­nesota. The Dean of Library and Infor­ma­tion Ser­vices, Chris Schafer, explains the ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity and stu­dent life can gain from a type of library like ours, “I think it’s impor­tant that stu­dents attend­ing an urban insti­tu­tion gain insight of the diver­sity of peo­ple in that envi­ron­ment… to take advan­tage of the unique resources of both library types.” Schafer said…”

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Also according to infoDOCKET “items from the Archives at Queens Library are now available for people to view online, Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott announced last week. According to Walcott, 12,000 items from the archives collection are available for online perusal.

The Archives at Queens Library has collected more than 50,000 items since 1912, detailing the history of the four counties that originally comprised Long Island, including Queens, Kings, Nassau and Suffolk, before New York City consolidated in 1898.

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In addition, infoDOCKET notes from the Library of Congress website that the digital collection of George Patton’s diaries, 1910-1945 were recently made available online

These diaries “illustrate Patton’s activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I, and World War II. The volumes, particularly from 1942 to 1945, document Patton’s daily activities and observations and reveal his candor about himself, personally and professionally. They include information about American ground combat operations in the campaign for North Africa, the invasion of Sicily, the liberation of France, and the final assault on Germany. Annotated volumes covering World War II often contain additional detail expanding on the original volume entries…”

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According to the student-run independent newspaper Montana Kaimin  “after a difficult year of budget cuts and staff reductions, the Mansfield Library (University of Montana) is working to implement new ways to serve students and expand its resources.

Over the past three years, the library’s budget has been reduced by nearly $1.5 million. As a result, the library lost 700 print serial subscriptions, 33 e-journals, 11 databases and e-journal packages, two e-book packages (with over 100,000 titles) and two microfilm subscriptions…

Meradeth Snow, assistant professor of anthropology and member of the University Library Committee, said some of her students have already had trouble finding the sources they need for assignments…” 

According to this post in Newswise “for years Salisbury University students have studied in what was considered by some as one of the worst campus libraries in the country. According to the American Library Association, the SU facility provided less than one-third of the minimum recommended seating for a student body of SU’s size and less than half the necessary space for library materials…
Today, that changed. Before a jubilant audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, with donors and other supporters, cut the ribbon on the new $117 million Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons (GAC): At 221,000-square-feet, the largest academic construction project since the founding of the campus in 1925…”

UToday reports that “students, faculty and staff can now access the scores of almost 1,000 composers in the collection of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) through the library catalogue at the University of Calgary.

The CMC maintains an extensive archive to support, preserve, and promote the work of Canadian composers. Through a collaboration with Libraries and Cultural Resources, CMC’s catalogue is now available through Summon, a search tool used by many academic libraries that allows simultaneous searches of multiple databases. Links from Summon lead to relevant CMC webpages with previews of entire scores and audio clips…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak ProQuest has joined forces with Wiley to make ebooks on the Wiley Online Library platform available for purchase via OASIS®. The OASIS search, selection and acquisition system already provides access to the largest ebook selection in the market via the EBLTM, ebrary®, MyiLibrary®, and Ebook CentralTM ebook platforms, as well as the EBSCO platform…”

KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “Overleaf has announced a new partnership with The Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit science and technology company in Virginia. As part of this new partnership, Overleaf will support the automatic submission of manuscripts authored on their platform onto the new OSF Preprints service that COS is launching this fall. OSF Preprints is a free open source preprint platform built and maintained by COS through their Open Science Framework (OSF)…”


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