ATG News You Need to Start the Week 10/9/17

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University of Calgary Awarded $1.5M Mellon Foundation For Research Into Media Preservation;  *New Report: “A Landscape Study on Open Access and Monographs: Policies, Funding And Publishing In Eight European Countries”;  *1,000+ Historic Japanese Illustrated Books Digitized & Put Online by the Smithsonian: From the Edo & Meji Eras (1600-1912);  *Google Scholar Indexes ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global;  *Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate*SPARC launches pilot of first-of-its-kind professional development program for open education librarians;  *New Online: A Redesigned Portal for Librarians and Archivists; and *ALA Policy Corps Launches; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

infoDOCKET reports that “The University of Calgary has received a US$1,499,960 (C$1,967,391) grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year media migration and digitization project focusing on the EMI Music Canada Archive, entitled Renewing Access to Culturally Significant Audiovisual Recordings…”

Also according the infoDOCKET a “first-of-a-kind report from Knowledge Exchange maps the landscape for Open Access books in the Knowledge Exchange countries; Finland, Netherlands, UK, France, Denmark and Germany, together with Norway and Austria…”

According to Open Culture “you can now experience a considerable swath of that (Japanese) history free online at the Freer|Sacker Library’s web site, which just this past summer finished digitizing over one thousand books — now more than 1,100, which breaks down to 41,500 separate images — published during Japan’s Edo and Meiji periods, a span of time reaching from 1600 to 1912…

Information Today reports that “content from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is now discoverable via Google Scholar. The organizations had previously partnered in 2015 to index millions of scholarly articles, and they have added nearly 500,000 full-text dissertations to the agreement. Google Scholar users will see the content in their library’s subscription collections…”

According to the Times Higher Education “leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright.

The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40 per cent of papers on ResearchGate are copyrighted…”

KnowledgeSpeak notes that “SPARC has announced the pilot of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind intensive professional development initiative aimed at empowering open education leaders within academic libraries. Over two semesters, the program offers training for library professionals to support the use, development, and advocacy of open educational resources and practices in North American higher education, with emphasis on leadership skills.

According to this post on the Library of Congress blog “the Library of Congress provides many resources to support information professionals worldwide. To streamline access to that content, we’ve redesigned our portal for librarians and archivists.

The new portal highlights the standard library functions of acquisitions, bibliographic access, preservation and public service, providing an overview of these activities at the Library and links to a wealth of content and documentation in each area…”

ACRL Insider reports that “American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal recently launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

The presidential initiative is grounded in the ALA’s four strategic directions and the National Policy Agenda for Libraries that emerged out of the Policy Revolution! initiative.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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