ATG News You Need to Start the Week 10/31/16

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news-red-logoAtlanta University Center library wins national award;   *Rising academic journal prices limit research access at LSU, other universities;   *CLIR Receives $2.7 Million for New Program to Preserve Recordings at Risk;   *Michigan Publishing Announces Beta Launch of New Publishing Platform, Fulcrum;   *Europeana for Research” – Digitisation, Copyright Reform and Advocacy Beyond the Pilot Stage;    *ProQuest Releases Results of Its 2016 Space Reclamation Survey;   *FCC Adopts New Broadband Privacy Rules;  and *U.S. Data Federation Aims to Coordinate and Standardize Government Data;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The Amsterdam News reports that “the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library makes history this week becoming the first historically black college and university (HBCU) library awarded the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

“This award is a stamp of recognition to the staff here and the programs we offer our students” says Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director.“This brings an immense endorsement to the level of education that is provided at the AUC, it proves that an HBCU can bring as much value, and expertise as a library at a predominantly white institution. And we do it with much fewer resources.”

LSU’s  Daily Reveille reports that “universities’ libraries are struggling to maintain extensive research libraries as subscription costs for academic journals continue to rise, head of LSU Libraries’ access services Kelly Blessinger said — sometimes at four times the rate of inflation. Procuring journals is especially difficult when library budgets remain stagnant or dip, she said…”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.

According to infoDOCKET “the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing, in collaboration with University of Michigan Library IT, is proud to announce the initial beta launch of its Fulcrum publishing platform.”

In its beta phase, Fulcrum is focused on the presentation of digital source and supplemental materials that cannot be represented adequately in print form…”

infoDOCKET also reports a Europeana press release that notes “two years ago, Research and Culture Policy makers together with Europeana and Digital Humanities Researchers created a set of Recommendations: Europeana for Research.

As we move away from the pilot stage of Europeana Research, we developed an updated and streamlined set of recommendations for action…”

According to this press release “a newly released ProQuest survey of more than 600 libraries found that 82 percent of academic libraries consider space reclamation a priority or believe it will be in the near future. More than a third have prioritized repurposing space for more than five years.

The survey revealed the innovative ways libraries are using reclaimed space, with 25 percent stating they are developing makerspaces and hackerspaces. The survey whitepaper, “Evolving Spaces for Evolving User Needs in Academic Libraries” is free to anyone who registers at

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an Order at the October meeting that will give  consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their  personal data. Building on widely accepted privacy principles, the rules require that ISPs provide their  customers with meaningful choice and keep customer data secure while giving ISPs the flexibility they  need to continue to innovate.

According to Information Today “FedScoop posted an article introducing the U.S. Data Federation, a new initiative from the GSA (General Services Administration) that collects standardized open data from the federal government and coordinates it among specific topics. Data providers can use it to see if their data fits into predetermined standards and view examples of successful standardized data from various agencies. The federation will soon add tools for using a preferred data standard and a maturity model to track its progress.

For more information, read the article.

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