ATG News You Need to Start the Week 2/6/17

by | Feb 6, 2017 | 0 comments

New Checklists to Support Library Patron Privacy;   *Keeping Up | Budgets & Funding;   *Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated | Gallup;   *New Online: Sigmund Freud Collection;   *Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education;   *Roundup: 20 New or Recently Updated Reports From the Congressional Research Service (CRS);   *Research Resources: “Digitization Project Preserving Century of Catholic Newspapers, Newsfeeds”;   *Library of Congress Releases New, Extensive Digitized Collection of Walt Whitman Primary Documents;   *ALA denounces recent FCC Lifeline revocations, report retractions;   *88.5% of British Newspaper Consumers Read Print;   *The Email Privacy Act’s time is now!;   *ALA accepting submissions for 2017 John Cotton Dana Award; and  *Brill becomes ORCID member plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

LISNews reports that “LITA’s Patron Privacy Interest Group has partnered with the ALA IFC’s Privacy Subcommittee to create new checklists to support library patron privacy policies. The checklists cover: data exchange between networked devices and services e-book lending and digital content vendors library management systems/integrated library systems library websites, OPACs, and discovery services public access computers and networks students in K-12 schools.

(From New Checklists to Support Library Patron Privacy – LITA Blog)

Library Journal reports that “the financial news for libraries in 2016 was for the most part positive—overall, budgets are up modestly—but many, still rebounding from the recession and working to keep pace with needed capital improvements and technology requirements, still feel that they’re just getting by. Libraries, particularly smaller systems, continue to meet the challenge of working with what funds are available. But unexpected or one-time expenses for a library of any size can still result in tightened purse strings. Also, the rising costs of benefits for employees, as well as the uncertainties of the health-care marketplace, are an increasingly common concern…”

The Library of Congress Blog reports that “Sigmund Freud went digital today with the release of an online edition of the Library of Congress’s Sigmund Freud Collection. Freud’s explorations into the unconscious and founding of psychoanalysis profoundly influenced modern cultural and intellectual history, securing his place in the history of human thought, as Princess Marie Bonaparte once wrote of her analyst and mentor. The collection that was previously available only in Washington is now accessible to the world in a way that it never was before. The online collected was funded by a generous grant from The Polonsky Foundation.

LISNews reports that “despite the abundance of digital diversions vying for their time and attention, most Americans are still reading books. In fact, they are consuming books at nearly the same rate that they were when Gallup last asked this question in 2002 — before smartphones, Facebook or Twitter became ubiquitous. More than one in three (35%) appear to be heavy readers, reading 11 or more books in the past year, while close to half (48%) read between one and 10 and just 16% read none.

From “Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated | Gallup

ACRL Insider reports “the publication of Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education, edited by Antonia P. Olivas, Ed.D. Through case studies, promising practices, and specific strategies for cultivating diversity in academic library leadership, this is a resource for both librarians of color who wish to seek leadership positions and current library leaders who want to nurture these future leaders…”

infoDOCKET has assembled “a selection of new or recently updated (in the past month) full text reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a part of the Library of Congress.

The reports … were selected from collections made available by two organizations:

According to infoDOCKET “the Catholic Research Resources Alliance has undertaken a project to digitize nearly a dozen of the United States’ top Catholic newspapers of regional and national importance — the print runs of which, for some of them, go back for more than a century…”

infoDOCKET also notes  that “As a special collections repository, the Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Walt Whitman materials anywhere in the world. The Manuscript Division has already made available online the Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers and the Walt Whitman Papers (Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection).

Now joining these online is the Library’s most extensive collection of Whitman primary documents, the Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection.

ALA News reports that “Oon February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure

Good EReader reports that “In the United States the vast majority of people are reading digitally. The New York Times just unveiled their Q4 2016 financial results and added over 225,000 digital subscribers. This was the single best quarter since 2011, the year the pay model launched. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom people are still quite enamoured with print.

Neil Thurman, professor of communication at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich wrote a very extensive report  on 11 daily national newspapers in the U.K. and found that “of the time spent with newspaper brands by their British audiences, 88.5 percent is still in print with just 11.5 percent online…”

In legislative action District Dispatch notes that H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act has “just been reintroduced after unanimously passing the House last year before stalling in the Senate… On Monday, February 6, the entire House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 387 using a special procedure that will protect it from amendments and expedite the process.

ALA is urging support of HR 387, the Email privacy Act, to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of January 30, 2017

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA, honours outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation at an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Academic publisher Brill has become a member of ORCID, effective January 1, 2017. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an independent, non-profit initiative whereby researchers are assigned a unique ORCID iD that can be used to link all of their publications, affiliations, name variations, and other relevant information to their ORCID record…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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