AIA/ALA Library Building Awards;   *New York University Libraries Support Digital Scholarship: 13th Profile in ARL Series;   *ARL Awarded IMLS Grant to Establish Diversity Fellowship for Undergraduates Focused on Digital Stewardship;   *ACRL Sets 2017 Legislative Agenda;    *Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education;   *American Physical Society (APS) Will Join SCOAP3 Beginning in 2018;   *NARA Provides Look at Metadata Guidance, Open Data, and Common-Core Metadata Schema For Data.gov?    *Oklahoma State University and Four Public Libraries Team Up to Bridge ‘Digital Divide’ in Rural Oklahoma;    *BioMed Central signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment;   *SPARC Europe and Digital Curation Centre release new briefing paper on the ‘Value of Open Data to Research Institutions’;  and *Springer collaborates with Federica Weblearning to launch MOOCs and books initiative  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


According to Shelf Awareness “eight recipients of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards were recently announced by the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, and the American Institute of Architects. The award program was designed “to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residents, as represented by the recipients of these awards.”


According to ARL News “the latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the New York University (NYU) Libraries.

The NYU profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) department…”


ARL News also reports that “to diversify the workforce and create more inclusive, equitable, and just library and archives organizations, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is implementing the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, with the support of a three-year $518,507 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence will provide one-year paid internships in libraries and archives to 30 undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups…”


ACRL Insider reports that “the ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2076 ACRL Legislative Agenda in time for National Library Legislative Day, May 1-2, in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on four issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: federal funding for libraries, network neutrality, access to federally funded research, and privacy and government surveillance…”


ACRL Insider also notes that “an ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft of potential changes to the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) before completing final revisions and submitting the standards with a recommendation to approve them.|

Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft documents and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, May 23…”


infoDOCKET reports that ” CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the American Physical Society (APS) announced today that they entered into an agreement for SCOAP3.|

Under this agreement, high-energy physics articles published in the three APS journals Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters will be open access as from January 2018…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “Have you ever wondered about the relationship between NARA’s metadata guidance, open data, and the common-core metadata schema for data.gov? In this post, we provide an overview of these three pieces of guidance and how they work together…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “a new partnership between Oklahoma State University and public libraries in four Oklahoma towns soon will provide broadband access in rural Oklahoma, the groups said Monday.

The effort is led by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources along with the Elgin Community Library, the Rieger Memorial Library in Haskell, the Thomas-Willhite Memorial Library in Perkins and the Seminole Public library…”


According to KnowledgeSpeakOpen access publisher BioMed Central has become a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the commitment to move away from a single measure of a journal’s impact (Impact Factor) to the provision of a wider set of metrics and measurements.|

BioMed Central has been compliant with the majority of DORA recommendations for some time, and a commitment to reducing emphasis on Impact Factor is the final step in enacting DORA practices in research assessment.


 KnowledgeSpeak also notes that a brief titled ‘The Value of Open Data to Research Institutions‘ was produced as a collaboration between SPARC Europe and the Digital Curation Centre… and “provides insights into the breadth of benefits open data brings institutions that house and support research programs…

In addition, KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment.|

STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. Adoption of STS will offer significant benefits at every step of standards development and use.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources