ATG News & Announcements 11/25/16

newspaper-154444_1280Who Doesn’t Read Books In America?”;   *Mississippi State University Libraries Digitize Civil War Diaries and Letters;   *Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) Plan to Open Up National Library Collections;   *Ringgold maps over 11,000 Open Funder Registry IDs to its Identify Database;   *The IET launches new open access program, IET Open;   *Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Citing Pew Research, infoDOCKET reports that “about a quarter of American adults (26%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. So who, exactly, are these non-book readers?

Several demographic traits correlate with non-book reading, Pew Research Center surveys have found. For instance, adults with a high school degree or less are about three times as likely as college graduates (40% vs. 13%) to report not reading books in any format in the past year. A 2015 Pew Research Center survey shows that these less-educated adults are also the least likely to own smartphones or tablets, two devices that have seen a substantial increase in usage for reading e-books since 2011. (College-educated adults are more likely to own these devices and use them to read e-books.)…”


Also according to infoDOCKETMississippi State University Libraries has made available in its digital collections the Civil War era, first-hand accounts of the Orville Babcock Diaries and Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry.

The Babcock and McKinstry materials are a part of the overall Ulysses S. Grant Collection, which is housed at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU’s Starkville campus…”


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) has launched a plan for a shared national online catalogue, that will make all collections held by research libraries across Ireland searchable by the public online. This step would bring Ireland in line with its European and US counterparts, where national catalogues are available to citizens.


KnowledgeSpeak reports thatRinggold, an ISNI Registration Agency, has mapped more than 11,000 Open Funder Registry IDs to its Identify Database of over 440,000 organizational records. The addition of the Funder IDs provides interoperability between the two datasets.


Also according to KnowledgeSpeak The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the launch of a new open access program, IET Open. The creation of the program underpins the IET’s commitment to supporting open science across engineering disciplines to progress research across all areas. IET Open launches with two new journals – IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications and Engineering Biology…”


According to Information Today the Internet Archive has introduced “two features that are designed to improve searching its 20 million items in various collections: faceted filtering and full-text search. With the addition of faceted filtering, each search now features checkboxes on the left-hand side of search results for filters such as media type and topics and subjects. Full-text search, which is currently in beta, allows users to search across and within 9 million text items by checking the option “Search full text of books” underneath the text field of the search bar.

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