ATG News & Announcements: 4/15/16

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Printing_Press.jpg - Ehschnell at en.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)New Pew Report Looks at Libraries and Education;    *Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program;    *Volunteer for Newly Formed ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force by April 29;    *Recommended Practice for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs;   *Two New Databases For STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Find Training Opportunities From U.S. Government Agencies;   *Yale’s Beinecke Library Acquires ‘Playful’ 1932 Map of Harlem Nightlife;   *DPLA and Europeana Launch, 11 Standardized Statements Available;   *Lulu Press Challenges the Economics of Traditional Academic Publishing with the Launch of Glass Tree Academic Publishing;    *Open-source collaborative platform to collect content from over 350 institutions’ archives; and  *Future Science Group unveils online network for 3D printing in medicine  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.  

Information Today notes that “Pew Research Center’s Internet, Science & Tech division released a new report, “Libraries and Learning,” which finds that 76% of respondents believe libraries serve the educational needs of their communities “very well” or “pretty well.” Library users tend to think of themselves as “lifelong learners”—97% of users say the term applies “very well” or “pretty well”; 98% of library website users feel the same way…”

OCLC Research has just released  “Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program” a report that supports research libraries that are taking on a new role in supporting the research data management needs of their researchers and of their universities.  “The document begins by suggesting very low-overhead ways to start a management program and goes on to describe services that can be added as possible to build out the program. References to many other resources are included…”


According to ACRL Insider “volunteers are sought from all types of academic and research institutions, as well as those with expertise in assessment and those with experience serving on accreditation teams in various regions or library program review teams, to help ACRL review and revise the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). At its virtual Spring Board Meeting on April 7, 2016, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force, as the Standards, first approved in 2011, are up for the required five-year review. ACRL President Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on this task force.

A new NISO white paper entitled Recommended Practice for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs offers insights from various focus groups, surveys and experiences of the Working Group members to help inform the selection and implementation of DDA models.

According to infoDOCKET “two new federal interagency websites designed to connect undergraduate and graduate students with education and training opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have been launched on, the portal to U.S. government science information.

infoDOCKET also reports that “The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired the original artwork for a 1932 map of Harlem nightclubs drawn by E. Simms Campbell, the first African American illustrator to be syndicated and whose work was featured regularly in national magazines.

 Source: Beinecke Library, Yale University

Source: Beinecke Library, Yale University

The map, purchased at auction on March 31, provides a “who’s who” guide of the nightclubs that drove Harlem nightlife during and after Prohibition, including the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club, and Gladys’s Clam Bar. It was published in the inaugural edition of Manhattan Magazine and appeared in Esquire nine months later…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that ” the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of

In partnership with Creative CommonsKennisland and key stakeholders of the DPLA and Europeana networks, is a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects.  As aggregators of cultural heritage materials, this work is key to both DPLA and Europeana, as we both seek to share clear and accurate information about copyright status with our users…”

Marketwired reports that “Lulu, …, announced at the London Book Fair the launch of Glass Tree, an online publishing site dedicated to meeting the needs of academic and scholarly authors and communities…

Glass Tree challenges the traditional academic publishing model by placing academics in complete control of their content, accelerating time to market, providing transparency into the works published, and reversing the revenue model to allow academics to realize 70% of the profit from sales of their work…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakWith the technical and financial capacity of any currently existing single institution failing to answer the needs for a platform efficiently archiving the web, a team of American researchers have come up with an innovative solution, submitted to the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and published in the open-access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). They propose a lightweight, open-source collaborative collection development platform, called Cobweb.

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “publisher Future Science Group (FSG) has announced the launch of 3DMedNet, a new online community for professionals with an interest in the medical uses of 3D printing. Using the Zapnito platform, 3DMedNet will allow members to quickly access user-generated news, discussion and opinion from the field of 3D printing in medicine, including webinars, interviews, infographics and editorials – all completely free…”



More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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