ATG News You Need to Start the Week 8/7/17

Bi-partisan bill would support library wi-fi;  *National Library of Israel Launches Digital Manuscript Archive;  *The Global Medieval Sourcebook: A New Interactive Resource From Stanford University;  *Canadian Library Consortia, OCUL, and COPPUL Join Forces with Archive-It to Expand Web Archiving in Canada;   *APA collaborates with Center for Open Science to offer preprint services, data repository and open science badges to authors;   *RUSA’s Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Going Open Access;   *Introducing the New PEN America Digital Archive: 1,500 Hours of Audio & Video Featuring 2,200 Eminent Writers; and *Effect of E-printing on Citation Rates in Astronomy and Physics plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources


According to District Dispatch “Earlier this week, the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, S. 1682, was introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). As described by Sen. Hassan, “The bipartisan AIRWAVES Act will help ensure that there is an adequate supply of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, which in turn will enhance wireless services to our people, stimulate our economy, and spur innovation.”


infoDOCKET reports that the National Library of Israel has “partnered with some of the largest collections of Jewish manuscripts, including the British Library, Parma’s Palatina Library and the Vatican Library, in an effort to bring the nearly 100,000 known texts under one digital roof.

The archive currently contains nearly 4.5 million images from 45,000 manuscripts, including prayer books, biblical texts and commentary, philosophy, literature and scientific writings, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic and more…”


Also according to infoDOCKET The Global Medieval Sourcebook is a new resource “curated by Stanford faculty and students, the GMS is an online, interactive collection of medieval texts and their translations. It primarily features shorter texts – never before translated into English – and offers non-experts a gateway into the literature of the Middle Ages…”


According to the Internet Archive blog “The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) have joined forces in a multi-consortial offering of Archive-It, the web archiving service of the Internet Archive. Working together, COPPUL and OCUL are considering ways that they can significantly expand web archiving in Canada…”


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the American Psychological Association, …, has entered a partnership with the Center for Open Science to offer open science badges to authors, create an APA data repository to ease sharing and designate a preferred preprint server for APA journal articles…”


infoDOCKET also reports that The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue.


According to Open Culture the recently launched PEN America Digital Archive provides “an incredible amount of cultural programming that has grown up around the organizations commitment to championing writers’ civil liberties–over 1,500 hours worth of audio and visual files.  It is a “free, searchable archive for previously inaccessible lectures, readings, and discussions featuring the leading writers, intellectuals, and artists of the last 50 years.


Open Science has just posted a report that examines “the change in citation behavior since the introduction of the arXiv e-print repository (Ginsparg, 2001). It has been observed that papers that initially appear as arXiv e-prints get cited more than papers that do not (Lawrence, 2001; Brody et al., 2004; Schwarz & Kennicutt, 2004; Kurtz et al., 2005a, Metcalfe, 2005). Using the citation statistics from the NASA-Smithsonian Astrophysics Data System (ADS; Kurtz et al., 1993, 2000), we confirm the findings from other studies…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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