ATG News You Need to Start the Week 9/18/17

by | Sep 18, 2017 | 0 comments

House approves full IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding for FY 2018;  *Issue Briefs Advise Libraries on Archiving Government Information, Licensing Metadata about Scholarship;  *National Archives (U.S.) Releases REVISED Draft of FY 2018 – FY 2022 Strategic Plan;  *NLM Activates Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books, Journals for Libraries Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma;  *New Indigenous Digital Archive Opens at University of New Mexico Libraries;  *Wiley launches new data sharing and citation policies to improve transparency in research; and *Elsevier launches ScienceDirect Topics to help researchers quickly build their knowledge and save valuable time searching plus *more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

According to District Dispatch “the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all funding for its programs under the Library Services and Technology Act, and for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. Notably, the package also increased funding for the National Library of Medicine by $6 million.

ARL News notes that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released two issue briefs answering pressing questions about copyright faced by libraries and archives: Can institutions legally preserve and share government information from the internet? And should institutions license their metadata describing scholarly works?

infoDOCKET reports that in response to public comments the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) has “made a number of changes … The most obvious change is that we added narrative descriptions for each objective. These new narratives better describe the current state and our vision for the future, and identify strategies for how we plan to achieve each objective…

Also according to infoDOCKET “the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

 In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is creating a new free online resource, making archives more accessible to students, families, researchers and communities.

The Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) makes archives easier to use than ever before. It allows researchers to work more naturally and more socially with archives. If researchers want to share their work online, they can connect information, enhance individual, family, and community histories

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “Elsevier, … has announced the launch of ScienceDirect Topics – a free layer of content which provides a quick snapshot of definitions, terms and excerpts on scientific topics, built on Elsevier’s highly trusted book content. Research is becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary, requiring researchers and scientists to quickly come up to speed on topics outside their core scientific discipline.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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