ATG News & Announcements 12/21/17

by | Dec 21, 2017 | 0 comments

ACRL Request for Proposals: Research Agenda on the Research Environment and Scholarly Communication System;  *OER Adoptions on the Rise;  *Audiobook Sales Increased 27.6% in August 2017;  *Atlas Obscura Lost Ancient Texts Recovered and Published Online Through International Partnership top digitization projects of 2017;  *Historical Versions of the United States Code Now Online; and *California State Archives Releases Nearly 3,000 Newly Digitized Photos of Early 20th Century Life and Landmarks;  plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL seeks proposals for the design, development, and delivery of a new ACRL research agenda on the research environment and scholarly communication system. The final research agenda will provide an overview of trends, identify effective and promising practices, and delineate important questions where deeper inquiry is needed to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship. This research agenda will be informed by scholarly literature, as well as by advances in practice and the voices of historically underrepresented communities.


According to Inside HigherED “more and more instructors are choosing open educational resources over traditional textbooks, a survey of more than 2,700 faculty members reveals.

The “Opening the Textbook” survey, published by the Babson Survey Research Group today, reports that the number of faculty members at two- and four-year institutions using OER as textbooks has nearly doubled in the last year — from 5 percent in 2015-16 to 9 percent in 2016-17…”


Good E-Reader reports that The American Publishers Association just just posted their bookselling results from January to August 2017. Audiobooks had another strong month with revenues up 27.6% in August 2017 compared to August 2016, and was up 30.2% year-to-date. eBooks continued to decline overall compared to August 2016 -7.1%, and are down year-to-date -5.3%.


N S R notes this post in Atlas Obscura that focuses on some “of the best digitization projects—i.e., “amazing archival treasures” digitized in 2017—some unveiled for the first time this year, others expanded significantly with new content—including: …”


The Library of Congress reports than “60 years of U.S. laws are now published online and accessible for free for the first time after being acquired by the Library of Congress. The Library has made available the main editions and supplements of the United States Code from 1925 through the 1988 edition…”

The collection is online at loc.gov/collections/united-states-code/. This provides access to editions of the U.S. Code that previously were not available to the public online for free.


According to infoDOCKET “the California State Archives has completed one of its largest digitization projects ever.

The collection features nearly 3,000 photographs taken by native Californians William M. and Grace McCarthy from approximately 1905 to 1938.  The McCarthys traveled extensively during the early years of automobile travel, as newly constructed highways connected people and places throughout the United States and beyond, providing pictorial documentation of a pivotal period in our nation’s history…”


infoDOCKET also reports that Arcadia is funding a “project of St. Catherine’s Monastery, the UCLA Library, and Early Manuscripts Electronic Library.

Previously unknown classical Greek mythological and medical works, newly discovered classical scientific texts preserved only in Syriac translation, religious writings in extinct languages, an ancient Christian poem describing Old Testament figures in Homeric style and detailed illustrations of plants, buildings and people have re-emerged for the first time in centuries through the Sinai Palimpsests Project…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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