ATG News & Announcements 3/4/17

New Data on the State of Academic Libraries Released;   *C&RL News – March 2017 Available;   *Call for Nominations: 2017 SSP Emerging Leader Award;   *ARL Libraries Issue Statements, Post Signs Affirming Core Beliefs;   *Academic Libraries Contribute $1.794M to Fund Open Access Collection;   *ACRL’s Environmental Scan 2017 Released;   *New Data From Nielsen on Millennials and Media;   *A Roundup of New Research and Data-Rich Reports Available on the Open Web;   * Best Databases of 2016 and the Best Reference Titles of 2016;   *New Digital Research Report highlights the need for a reference database of research organisations; and  *Lou Reed’s Archive Aquired by NYPL plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


ACRL Insider reports that “The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee has released its biennial environmental scan of higher ed, with a focus on academic research libraries. The freely available report includes data points on digital preservation, scholarly communication issues, and open access and collection management trends, among others…”


ACRL Insider also notes that the March issue of C&RL News is now available open access online.
Click to access the March issue of C&RL.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Emerging Leader Award, which will be presented at the 39th SSP Annual Meeting, May 31-June 2 in Boston, MA.  Established in February 2012, this award acknowledges the achievements of up-and-coming leaders in scholarly publishing who are demonstrating their potential through outstanding service and contribution…”

Many ARL member libraries have released recent statements and have posted signs affirming their commitment to such foundational values of the library profession as diversity, inclusion, equity, access to information, free expression, privacy, and social justice. The Association of Research Libraries is gathering links to these statements and signs from ARL member libraries.


According to PRNewswire “the libraries at University of Oregon and Oregon State University made contributions that completed a four-year fundraising effort spearheaded by Reveal Digital to develop an open access collection of alternative press periodicals called Independent Voices.  Leading academic libraries from the U.S, Canada, and the U.K. contributed the entire $1.794M needed to cover the costs of copyright clearance, digitization, platform development and hosting, project management, outreach, and other support activities for this large multi-year project…”

infoDOCKET noting that “every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries,” reports that The 2017 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Nielsen’s inaugural Millennials on Millennials report … offers critical insight into the evolving media habits of this highly digital demographic, and it was produced by a team of Nielsen Millennial associates keen to help clients engage and reach a generation that every modern marketer is seeking a connection with…”

infoDOCKET has also released another of its periodic roundups of new research and data-rich reports available on the open web. The reports cover numerous topics of global and U.S. importance ranging from agriculture to criminal justice; narcotics control to banking; refugees to homeland security; and NATO to the IRS.

Library Journal has posted the cream of the crop of the many databases and digital reference products that it reviewed in 2016 as well as the numerous reference works that LJ Reviews has covered during the year.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that Digital Science, a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, has announced its latest Digital Research Report, Discovery and Analysis of Global Research Trends Using GRID. The report demonstrates the utility of the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), both as a platform for data consolidation, and as an essential analytical component supplying various opportunities for geographic and sector-based analyses…”


Citing the New Yorker, LISNews reports that the New York Public Library has acquired Low Reed’s archive which “comprises around three hundred linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs; some thirty-six hundred audio recordings; and some thirteen hundred video recordings…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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