ATG News You Need to Start the Week 9/4/17

Diversity Remains a Challenge in Academic Libraries;  *Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2017 Literacy Awards;  *College & Research Libraries – September 2017;  *IMLS Awards 49 National Leadership and Laura Bush Grants Totaling $10.2 Million;  *Digitized Issues of Federal Register From 1980-1989 Released Online;  *Deadline Approaching! OCLC/ALISE LIS Faculty Research Grant Proposals Due September 15;  *Why Textbook Publishers Are Running Scared: Survey Shows College Textbook Spending Dropped 17% Since 2007;  and *Norway sets open access target plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports that Ithaka S+R has released a “33-page report titledInclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries: Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives”, reveals that in large part, White employees tend to hold more positions of leadership, whereas employees of color have a more difficult time advancing…”

See also The White Face of Library Leadership in Inside Higher ED.


According to infoDOCKET “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards [last night] at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.

Three organizations received awards from Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein: the Children’s Literacy Initiative; the National Center for Families and Learning; and Pratham Books.

(Note: A video recording of the  Library of Congress National Book Festival gala is embedded at the bottom of the infoDOCKET post.)


The September 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.


infoDOCKET also reports that “the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 49 grants to institutions totaling $10,216,923.

The awards are made through the FY 2017 second cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1980-1989.

The complete collection of issues of the Federal Registers from 1980 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo.


According to OCLC Research “electronically submitted proposals for the 2018 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program are due by midnight Friday, 15 September 2017.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), invite research proposals for the 2018 Library and Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP). Awards of up to $25,000 are available to full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields.


Digital Reader reports that “new survey data shows that college students are spending less on textbooks than ever before. The Student Watch report from the National Association of College Stores showed that students spent an average of $579 on their required course materials, down $122 from $701 in 2007.

That’s a drop of 17% in a decade where textbook prices increased faster than the cost of healthcare.


According to the Times Higher Education website “journal articles that result from publicly funded research in Norway must be open access within the next seven years, according to new guidelines.

The government said that it expects researchers to “play a vital role” in converting important paywalled journals into open-access ones…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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