ATG News & Announcements 6/8/17

Companies to Protest Net Neutrality Rollback;   *University of Oklahoma Libraries Support Digital Scholarship: 16th Profile in ARL Series;  *New York Today: A City Library, on the Subway;   *2017 ALA Annual Conference Preview;   *LYRASIS announces 6 Catalyst Fund winning projects to support innovation in libraries, archives and museums;   *New Report From SPARC Europe and DCC Offers Analysis of Open Data and Open Science Policies in Europe;   *Funding: National Archives Awards $2.8 Million in Grants to 33 Documentary Editing and Archival Projects;   *Ithaka S+R Releases New Report on the Information Needs of Agriculture Scholars in the United States;  and  *C&RL News – June 2017; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to Information Today “CNET reports that companies are instituting “a day of action July 12 to protest the potential rollback of net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].” Participants, including Amazon, Etsy, Vimeo, and reddit, will encourage people to contact Congress and the FCC.

Vimeo says,Net neutrality made it possible for Vimeo, along with countless other startups, to innovate and thrive. The FCC’s proposed rollback of the 2015 open internet rules threatens to impede that innovation and allow a handful of incumbent ISPs to determine winners and losers.”

For more information, read the article.


The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the University of Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the Digital Scholarship Laboratory (DSL)…”


The NY Times reports that today ” a train — which is alternating between the E and F lines in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens — is decorated with the words “SUBWAY LIBRARY.”

Inside those 10 cars, the seats resemble books on a shelf. Beginning today, the Subway Library will offer commuters six weeks of free downloadable books from the city’s public libraries…”


American Libraries reports that  “returning to McCormick Place—and ALA’s hometown—after four years, Annual will offer a host of professional development opportunities, new ideas to help shape the future of libraries, a full slate of author programs and fascinating speakers, and a variety of special events and other activities.

This preview offers a small sample of what to expect. Click here for a complete listing of events.…”


Library Technology Guides reports that “LYRASIS …, is pleased to announce support for six Catalyst Fund projects valued at $135,000 to foster innovation among members and knowledge communities worldwide. A new LYRASIS program, the Catalyst Fund offers “kickstarter” funds to incubate new ideas and test creative approaches to advance objectives of member institutions. Projects were chosen by LYRASIS Leaders Circle participants based on the merit of the idea and the potential positive impact on the wider field of libraries, archives and museums…”


infoDOCKET reports that “SPARC Europe is providing an analysis of Open Data and Open Science policies across Europe, … releasing a new report produced in collaboration with the Digital Curation Center (DCC)…


Also according to infoDOCKET “archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has awarded 33 proposals totaling $2,812,416 for projects in 18 states. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

A complete list of new grants is online.


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Ithaka S+R releases its in-depth report on the research activities of agriculture scholars as part of its ongoing program to explore the research activities of scholars by discipline…”Cengage Takes Aim at Counterfeiters in New Initiative

According to Publishers Weekly “Education and technology company Cengage has announced an initiative to work against the spreading of counterfeit print course materials in educational publishing. Effective immediately, the company’s products will include a seal of certification, replete with a QR code and other indicators, in order to verify the authenticity of its materials…”


The June 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. In the current political climate, many libraries are renewing their commitment to serving immigrant and refugee communities. This month’s International Insights column features a series of project outlines from “Academic libraries serving refugee and asylum seekers” both in the United States and overseas…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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