ATG News & Announcements 7/27/17

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Man Booker Dozen’ Revealed: The Prize Announces Its 2017 Longlist;  *The Academic Book of the Future: A New BOOC From UCL Press;  *New ACRL publication: 2016 Academic Library Trends and Statistics;   *Accepting Applications for 2018 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders;   *UMass Amherst Libraries Beginning New USPTO Virtual Assistance Program at Patent and Trademark Resource Center;   *Dimensions Database Adopted By AAAS To Gather Global Funded Research Insights;   *iCast Hebrew Audiobooks teams with Overdrive to offer audiobooks to schools, public libraries, and higher education institutions worldwide;  *ARL and Higher Education Groups Urge FCC to Protect Net Neutrality;  and *BBC Monitoring extends global access by joining the OpenAthens Federation plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to Publishing Perspectives “this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist of 13 titles has been announced in London on Thursday (July 27). The list includes four UK authors, four US authors, two Irish writers, two Pakistani novelists, and one Indian author. Two honorees are named Smith.

Also on the list are three first-time novelists and Arundhati Roy—her second chance at the Man Booker since she won in 1997…”

According to infoDOCKETUCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of The Academic Book of the Future. View it online for free:

This dynamic, innovative, evolving and open platform publishes contributions connected to the AHRC/British Library project, The Academic Book of the Future, which has been investigating key aspects of scholarly publishing for the last two years, led by a team of academics from UCL and Kings College London. The platform, which presents the content in the form of a BOOC (Books as Open Online Content), will grow as more content is created, and will allow different ways to explore and share the ideas and discussions.

ALA News reports that “the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of2016 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate Colleges, Master’s Colleges and Universities, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions…”

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders (EL).  Details on the program criteria as well as a link to the application can be found on the Emerging Leaders Web page

infoDOCKET reports that “The UMass Amherst Libraries announce the new United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Virtual Assistance Pilot Program beginning on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) located in the Science & Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), reports that “it has licensed access to global funding database Dimensions, to gather insights that will help its teams find expert reviewers and support strategic decision making across the publishing division. Dimensions is powered by our portfolio  company ÜberResearch and contains information on over $1 trillion USD of funded research projects from over 250 funders around the world, along with linked publications data and reviewer finder functionality…”

According to Library Technology Guides “iCast Hebrew Audiobooks and OverDrive have teamed up to offer more than 700 titles out of the iCast catalog of 1,200 audiobook titles to public libraries, schools and higher education institutions worldwide through OverDrive’s leading eBook and audiobook lending platform. Within the next few months, iCast Hebrew Audiobooks will make their full catalog available through OverDrive. The Hebrew audiobooks collection is the first one available to schools and public libraries worldwide and contains the best of Hebrew literature for every age and taste.

According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) … joined with eight higher education associations in submitting comments on … July 18, 2017, to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to support strong net neutrality rules. In 2015, the FCC set forth its Open Internet Order, which reclassified the Internet as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act and also relied on the FCC’s authority under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to provide a firm legal basis to protect net neutrality. The FCC, under new leadership, is now seeking to reverse or amend the 2015 order..”

The BBC website notes that “BBC Monitoring has joined the OpenAthens Federation, further expanding its single-sign-on options for universities and other international organizations who wish to access BBC Monitoring’s broadcast, press and media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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