ATG News You Need to Start the Week 9/19/16

by | Sep 19, 2016 | 0 comments

more books-pixabayALCTS 2017 Ross Atkinson Award nominations sought;   *The University of Texas at Austin joins OLH LPS model;   *Arizona State University: “No Internet, No Power, No Problem: Solar Library Empowers Schools Abroad”;   *ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards;   *USDA Releases New Database with Nutrition Info For Over 80,000 Brand Name Food Products;   *Elsevier Wants CloudFlare to Expose Pirate Sites;   *New forum for responsible research metrics launched;  and Additional Countries Join Google Patents; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 18.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contribution of a library leader who has demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting and continuing resources).

According to OLH News & Updates “the University of Texas at Austin has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty…

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee…”

According to infoDOCKET in what could be a boon to remote locations throughout the world “…a new Arizona State University faculty member has figured out a way to deliver a digital library that doesn’t depend on existing internet connectivity — rather, it comes with its own Wi-Fi hotspot…

Laura Hosman is an assistant professor whose “innovative device, the Solar Powered Educational Learning Library, known as SolarSPELL, is a digital library full of educational resources that generates its own Wi-Fi signal and solar power. All that is needed to access the information is an internet-capable device, such as an iPad, laptop or smartphone. Basically, it’s a self-powered plug-and-play kit, portable enough to fit into a backpack…”

American Libraries reports that “the following libraries are winners of the 2016 Library Interior Design Awards, sponsored by ALA and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The biennial competition honors international library interior design. Winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. The competition is managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Buildings and Equipment Section’s Interior Design Awards Committee. Winners and their clients were honored at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida…”

infoDOCKET also reports that the Department of Agriculture has “officially launched the USDA Branded Food Products Database, a free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. The announcement was made at the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “in the ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit against alleged pirate sites Sci-Hub, Libgen and Bookfi, academic publisher Elsevier wants help from Cloudflare. The publisher informs the court that a subpoena against Cloudflare is needed to expose the personal details of the sites’ owners.

Over the past several months a lot of media coverage focused on Sci-Hub and its operator Alexandra Elbakyan. However, Elsevier still has no clue who’s behind the other two sites. With help from Cloudflare, it hopes to fill in the gaps…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “a group of research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts are working together in partnership to promote the responsible use of research metrics. The new forum will develop a programme of activities to support the responsible use of research metrics in higher education institutions and across the research community in the UK. Professor David Price, vice-provost (research) at University College London (UCL), will chair the forum.

Information Today reports that “Google Patents added 11 countries to its program that bring with them more than 41 million new patent publications, making the total offering more than 87 million publications from 17 global patent offices…”

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