College & Research Libraries – March 2017;   *ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15;   *Major educational content providers and distributors join forces to fight counterfeit textbooks;   *Research institutions in the US, France and Germany top second annual Reuters Top 25 Global Innovators ranking of government research institutions;   *Future Science Group unveils online knowledge hub for infectious diseases;   *FCC Halts Internet Privacy Requirements;   *Art History: Research Tools: British Sales (1680–1780) Data Now Available in the Getty Provenance Index;   *Now Available: First Public Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1;   *Wolters Kluwer’s PrepU Solution Gets Its 1 Billionth Answer;   and  *Videos: Digitized Manuscripts & Digital Repositories w/ Computation plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

The March 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion…

ALA News reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “academic publishers Cengage, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson have joined forces with Ingram and Chegg, Inc. to have them adopt and implement a set of Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices designed to address the growing problem of counterfeit print textbooks. The Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices are intended to assist distributors with combating counterfeits of print textbooks that hurt students, educators, publishers and distributors…”

Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “The US Department of Health and Human Services, France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society top the Reuters Top 25 Global Innovators ranking of government research institutions, a list that identifies and ranks the publicly funded institutions doing the most to advance science and technology. The rankings were compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters…”

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak notes that “Future Science Group (FSG) has announced the launch of their new resource, Infectious Diseases Hub (ID Hub) – the new home of medical microbiology information. ID Hub, powered by FSG Connect, is a new online knowledge hub providing up-to-date, essential research and information on key aspects of virology and microbiology, from bench to bedside…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the FCC has halted a set of privacy rules that would have required internet providers to more responsibly handle your sensitive data.

Internet providers have been lobbying to overturn the entire set of privacy rules for a couple months now — in short, they don’t like that they’ll soon have to ask permission to share your web browsing habits…”


Also according to infoDOCKET “the Getty Provenance Index now includes data for British sales from 1680–1780, a period when London was beginning to establish itself as a hub of the international art trade.

This release—which completes Phase II of a larger collaborative research project between the Getty’s Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance and the National Gallery, London—adds a further 137,780 records from 1,085 catalogs to the index, bringing the total number of records in the British Sales database to over 450,000…”

In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “…the first public working draft of the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is available. This new version aims to build effectively on the previous foundations of WCAG 2.0 with particular attention being given to the three areas of accessibility on small-screen and touch mobile devices, to users with low vision, and to users with cognitive or learning disabilities…”

Information Today reports that “Wolters Kluwer announced that students who use its PrepU adaptive learning platform while getting their healthcare-industry education have submitted more than 1 billion answers “to customized questions generated through formative assessments in their courses and preparation for licensure,” according to the press release.

Two new videos are now online:

DRASTIC Measures: Digital Repository at Scale that Invites Computation, by a team from the University of Maryland, describes an open source digital repository platform for creating horizontally scaling archives that serve the national library, archives, and scientific data management communities.


Digitized Manuscripts includes two presentations: “Making Use of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts” on the challenges and possibilities of using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), and “Digital Tools for Manuscript Study,” by a team from the University of Toronto on a project there to build open, modular tool environments to support image-based scholarly research.


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources