ATG News & Announcements 9/1/17

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ACRL Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education;  *ARL Conducts Search for Next Executive Director;  *ARL Urges Federal Communications Commission to Preserve an Open Internet;  *Collaborative monograph storage feasibility study published;  *New Dataset: Louisiana Freed Slaves Data Now Available From Matrix Center Slave Biographies Project;  *New Report From Ithaka S+R & Mellon on Diversity Inside ARL Libraries;  *X-ray Florescence Offers Clues to Cornell Library’s Medieval Manuscripts;  *GPO Requests Recommendations to Update Federal Deposit Library Rules; and *Six New Preprint Services Join a Growing Community Across Disciplines to Accelerate Scholarly Communication plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to ACRL Insider “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 for approval. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft document and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, September 12…”

ARL News reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking a highly strategic, innovative, and articulate leader, who will advocate for important public policy issues facing its membership in the 21st century and will be a thought leader on the ways in which universities and other research institutions create, integrate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

ARL News also notes that “…the Association of Research Libraries submitted reply comments today, August 29, 2017, to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in support of strong net neutrality rules to ensure that the innovation and collaboration occurring in our institutions can continue to flourish. ARL’s reply comments caution the FCC against abandoning its strongest source of authority to adopt robust net neutrality rules: Title II of the Communications Act…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “…the National Monograph Steering Group (NMSG), comprised of representatives from RLUK, the British Library, Jisc, HEFCE, SCONUL and UKRR, was set up to seek answers to this and other relevant questions (regarding collaborative efforts on print, low-use journals.) After responding to the ITT issued by the NMSG last year, Information Power Ltd was selected to gather evidence and evaluate the community’s appetite, if any, for a national monograph scheme. The report has now been published and can be downloaded at

infoDOCKET reports that the Michigan State University (MSU) Matrix Center for the Digital Humanities & Department of History “has announce the publication online of data about almost 3,000 freed slaves that were living in the city of New Orleans in the decades preceding the Civil War. The “Free Blacks” dataset was created from The Mayor’s Register of Free Blacks in the City of New Orleans from 1840 to 1864…”

Also according to infoDOCKET “Ithaka S+R is releasing a report in conjunction with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation examining employee diversity within the libraries that are members of the Association of Research Libraries. This is the latest part of a collaborative series between Mellon and Ithaka S+R to support efforts in US higher education and cultural institutions to identify diversity strategies. This report, intended to serve as a benchmark against which future progress can be measured, finds that substantial inequities remain for employees of color in academic libraries…”

Library Journal reports that “…Cornell University’s Cornell High Energy Synchroton Source (CHESS) is now “using XRF to examine medieval documents in Cornell’s collections…CHESS has been a cross-discipline program, using technology to determine findings of interest to history, literature, and the arts. Therefore, the researchers come from both the scientific and humanities worlds…”

Also according to Library Journal  “U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) director Davita Vance-Cooks has asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to recommend changes to Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, a request that has some members of the government information community concerned and others encouraged. Chapter 19 codifies GPO’s Federal Deposit Library Program (FDLP) into law, guaranteeing that the government will provide its information for free to the general public, and has not been significantly revised since the early 1990s…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “six communities launched preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research. INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science; MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint service for the nutritional sciences; paleorXiv, a digital archive for Paleontology; and SportRxiv, an open archive for sport and exercise-related research…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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