ATG News & Announcements 10/5/16

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ebookAcademic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up;   *Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository;  *ACRL releases updated scholarly communication toolkit;   *ITHAKA S+R Releases Survey Findings on the Research and Teaching Practices of Canadian Faculty Members;  *ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda;   *The October issue of CD HotList is Available;   *CONTENTdm Featured Collections: October 2016;  *State and University Library of Denmark collaborates with Preservica to safeguard history of Danish cultural heritage;   *Political Push for Open Access in Germany;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources. 

Library Journal reports that “Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according toEbook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “more than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is part the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a massive digital repository…”

According to ALA News “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The Toolkit has been updated with new and revised content and is now hosted through Springshare’s LibGuides. The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner…”

According to infoDOCKET “since 2014, eleven of the twenty-nine Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) member institutions have participated in running the Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey on their campuses, providing a rich dataset of over 4,000 responses across the universities. This morning, we published findings on the research and teaching practices of these faculty members…”

Also according to ALA News “the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals as invaluable team members in setting federal policy and moving our nation forward in the digital age.

In a recent email Rick Anderson notes that “new Releases for Libraries is up and viewable at CD HotList. As always, it consists of recommended new music releases for library collections, and is freely available to all.

This month’s recommendations include a bumper crop of weird electronica, both classical (or at least “classical”) and pop; another volume in an ongoing series of music from the Eton Choirbook; trad jazz from the US Army; jazz cello from Joshua Breakstone’s band; Canadian folk-pop from the Bills; Canadian newgrass from Claire Lynch; Dutch punk from Rats on Rafts and De Kift; new music from the Monkees; Balkan folk from the Nightingale Trio; and much, much more. Enjoy!

OCLC News reports that “this month, two collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for October are Japanese Lantern Slides from the E. Raymond Wilson Collection, and the Charles Templeton Sheet Music Collection from the Mississippi State University Libraries…”

According to infoDOCKET “the State and University Library, Denmark, has embarked on a new venture with Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, to safeguard its unique Audio Visual (AV) collections of national and local broadcast TV and radio programmes, as well as digitised collections of music, speech, commercials and newspapers, which date back to as early as 1666…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “Germany has taken another step along the path to open access. Last week, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched a new strategy, which aims to finally make open access standard practice…”


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