unpacking_booksThe Lyon Declaration Tackles Information Access and Sustainable Development; Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, Published by ARL; Rutgers responds to digital age with library renovations; With/Despite Changes, National Book Festival Thrives; Authors Alliance Helps Writers Win Rights Back from Publishers; Earthquake Damage Will Cause Sections of Cal State, Fullerton Library to Be Closed For at Least Three Years; A Look at the Digitization of Historic Speeches From the 1960s and 1970s at UCLA; and Adam Matthew Finishes Its World War I Archive.

Information Today reports that “at the 80th IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) World Library and Information Congress on Aug. 18, 2014, in Lyon, France, IFLA introduced the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information. It calls upon member states of the United Nations (UN) to make an international commitment to use the post-2015 development agenda—intended to succeed the UN’s expiring Millennium Development Goals—to ensure that everyone has access to information…”

ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment…

According to this post in Philly.com “as academic materials moved online, wireless Internet access became ubiquitous, and a new generation of students sought collaborative workspaces, Rutgers-Camden began in 2009 to renovate its Paul Robeson Library to better reflect the quickly shifting demands on its physical space.

In the project’s three phases, totaling about $6 million, the vast majority of physical collections are now stored in new, compact basement book stacks; the first floor was opened for computer labs; and the second floor was dedicated to group and individual study spaces.

Shelf Awareness reports that “despite worries that this year’s National Book Festival would be hampered by its move from the National Mall into the Washington Convention Center and by having it at the end of August rather than in September, “turnout far exceeded expectations,” wrote Bradley Graham, co-owner of Politics & Prose…”

According to this article in BerkeleyLaw “writers now have the power to challenge publishers with help from the Authors Alliance. The non-profit, co-founded by Van Houweling and Professor Pamela Samuelson, provides a voice—and legal tools—for authors eager to get their rights back. The alliance already boasts over 400 members since its official launch in May—including academics, biographers, historical fiction writers, and documentary filmmakers…”

 cal state fullertonEarthquake Damage Will Cause Sections of Cal State, Fullerton Library to Be Closed For at Least Three Years

InfoDOCKET reports that “Half of Pollak Library South will be inaccessible to library patrons for at least three years, estimates interim university librarian Scott Hewitt, Ph.D. Floors one, four, five and six of the southern portion of the library were devastated by the 5.1 magnitude La Habra earthquake that rattled the campus in late March…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “Derek Bolin, 44, who recently graduated from the school (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, has preserved more than 300 speeches, including by British royalty, Ethiopian leaders and American entertainers such as Joan Rivers and Jane Fonda.

Until now, the speeches were accessible only to people who could reach the archived tapes on campus. With almost $13,000 from alumni donations to transfer the tape reels to digital formats, recordings of events that captured the political undercurrents of the tumultuous era will now be available online…”

According to Information Today “Adam Matthew completed its First World War portal with the release of the final section, Visual Perspectives and Narratives. Sources for the portal, which is also composed of the Personal Experiences and Propaganda and Recruitment sections, come from the holdings of the U.K.’s IWM (Imperial War Museums)…”