ATG News & Announcements 1/25/18

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Internet Archive Responds to Coverage of Its eBook Piracy With “Good Works” Defense;  *Penn Libraries Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Portions of Marian Anderson Archive;  *… Library of Congress Introduces a Virtual U.S. Copyright Office Card Catalog;  *Digital Science Launches Dimensions Platform with Free Discovery for OA, Citations;  *IMLS Report: State Library Funding Still Suffering;  *NCWIT AspireIT funding open for summer;  *The IET Adds Content to InnovationQ Plus;  *YouTube Assigns Video Creators an ISNI and *A new way to search the Library and Archives Canada collections plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Digital Reader reports that “on Thursday Brewster Kahle published a post on the Internet Archive’s blog that in an indirect way was a response to earlier press coverage. Kahle didn’t post an apology, or a legal argument defending the Open Library.

Instead he posted what could best be described as a “good works” defense…”

According to infoDOCKET “525 boxes contain the personal diaries, programs, and scrapbooks of the world-renowned singer Marian Anderson are currently in a storage facility in New Jersey but they will soon be on their way back to the Penn campus.

A new grant will allow the Penn Libraries to digitize portions of the collection, making the personal papers of the Philadelphia-born contralto available to the public. Also included will be recordings of personal interviews and home studio performances…”

Citing the Library of Congress Copyright Office Blog, infoDOCKET notes that with the public release of the Virtual Card Catalog proof of concept, people “can browse full-color scans of the cards in indexes from 1955–1970 and 1971–1977. That’s almost 18 million images

This Virtual Card Catalog (VCC) is the first step of many. It consists of cards arranged just like you’d find them in one of those old card catalogs you used to see in libraries everywhere…”

According to Library JournalDigital Science had debuted Dimensions. The free core version of the platform delivers one-click access to over nine million open access articles and 860 million abstracts and citations.

Library Journal also notes that “State Library Administrative Agencies, which coordinate and distribute federal funds to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, have largely still not recovered from the major decreases in revenue and staffing they experienced during the economic recession.

District Dispatch notes that “girls and women in the U.S. are avid users of technology, but they are significantly underrepresented in its creation. NCWIT AspireIT can help libraries inspire more girls to become technology innovators. 

AspireIT connects high school and college-aged members of our Aspirations in Computing community with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, AspireIT Leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun creative environments that are supported by Partner Organizations from the NCWIT community…”

Information Today reports that “IEEE and made more than 230,000 full-text journals and conference papers from the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) fully discoverable on their InnovationQ Plus patent discovery and analytics platform. “Enriching InnovationQ Plus with this high-quality, leading-edge content empowers IP professionals to discover even more critical business information contained in technical documents to derive key insights,” says Samir El-Ghazaly, IEEE’s VP of publications services and products…”

Also according to Information TodayYouTube has become “the first ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) registration agency in the music field. ISNI is the ISOcertified standard for identifying contributors to and distributors of creative works. According to the press release, “YouTube will request an ISNI … to be assigned to all creators whose works are used on the platform—including performers and songwriters—helping to reconcile data and ensure attribution. YouTube will share ISNIs with its label and publishing partners in order to promote the adoption of this standard by the industry as a whole…”

Library and Archives Canada Blog reports that “Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has just released its newest search tool, Collection SearchBETA, and is inviting you, as a member of the public, to try it out and provide your feedback. This new interface allows users to search through Library records and Archive records, including items from many of the different specialized databases at LAC, like the William Lyon Mackenzie King diaries; Film, Video and Sound database; and Cabinet Conclusions…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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