etextbooksDuke University Libraries Support Digital Scholarship: Tenth Profile in ARL Series;   *Eastern Michigan University Library will be first to integrate Alma and Summon;   *2016 National Book Award Winners Announced;   *Go Flying: Google Introduces a Virtual Reality Version of Google Earth (Google Earth VR);   *ALA Releases Three Policy Briefs (Small Biz Development, Veteran Services, Broadband Access);   *American Doctoral Dissertations™ Now Includes Access to Full Text and Expanded Coverage of 20th Century;   *The USDA and CHORUS Commit to Public Access to Research; and  *UCI Libraries completes NEH-funded Project plus


The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the Duke University Libraries.

The Duke University profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, highlighting The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration…”


According to Library Technology Guides “Ex Libris announced that Eastern Michigan University is adopting the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace the university library’s Voyager integrated library system, which EMU has been using for nearly 20 years. EMU, which runs the ProQuest Summon discovery service, will be the first institution to integrate Summon and Alma…”


GalleyCat reports that “the National Book Award winners for 2016 were revealed tonight.

Colson Whitehead won the Fiction award for The Underground Railroad published by Doubleday. Ibram X. Kendi won the Nonfiction award for Stamped from the Beginning published by Nation Books.

Daniel Borzutzky won the Poetry award for The Performance of Becoming Human published by Brooklyn Arts Press. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell won the Young People’s Literature award for March: Book Three published by Top Shelf Productions.”


Citing the Official Google BloginfoDOCKET reports that Google is “introducing Google Earth VR as our next step to help the world see the world. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.

You can download Google Earth VR today in the Steam Store for free…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) released three briefs highlighting how libraries can advance specific policy priorities of the incoming Trump administration in the areas of entrepreneurship, services to veterans and broadband adoption and use…”


According to PR Web “American Doctoral Dissertations™, a free database made available by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), OhioLINK, H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, now offers greater coverage of 20th century research and access to full text. The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, accessible at http://www.OpenDissertations.com includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 80,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present and a link to full text, when available, is included…”


According to Information Today “the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and CHORUS signed a memorandum of understanding that allows the organizations to work together to advance public access to reports from USDA-funded research…”


The UCI Libraries have released an innovative online discovery tool for its Artists’ Books Collection which allows searchers to visualize connections between works in ways not possible with a traditional library catalog. The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) funded project, “Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books,” allowed the Libraries’ to create procedures for enhancing description and access to 41 digitized items from the collection housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives…”


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