ATG News You Need to Start the Week 1/15/18

by | Jan 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Digital Science Launches Dimensions: a Next-generation Research and Discovery Platform Linking 124 Million Documents…;   *Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Draft Revision Feedback;  *An Estimated Two Million Photo Negatives From the Vancouver Sun and The Province Donated to Vancouver Archives;  *Azerbaijan National Library and UCLA Library Sign Memorandum of Understanding;  * Wiley Digital Archives partners with Royal College of Physicians to provide access to 500 years of medical history;  *Overdrive Reports eBook Loans Increased by 14% and Audiobooks 24%; and *New Windows 10 Update Overhauls eBooks plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

“Global technology company Digital Science is proud to announce the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and more than 100 research funders and universities, Dimensions offers a better, faster way to discover, understand and analyse the global research landscape, without wasting time searching for information across multiple poorly integrated tools…”

According to ACRL Insider “(RCL), the bibliography of essential titles for academic libraries, is announcing editorial openings. RCL is a continuously-updated, peer-reviewed core collection that includes over 85,000 resources in 72 curriculum-specific subject areas. RCL is currently seeking subject specialists for the following disciplines:..”

ACRL Insider also notes that “an ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft revision of the association’s 2012 Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries. Review the draft revision (PDF) on ACRL website and send feedback to Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Task Force Chair Gisele Genevieve Tanasse at [email protected] by Friday, March 2, 2018…”

infoDOCKET reports that “the Vancouver Sun and Province are donating their collection of photographic negatives to the Vancouver Archives — the largest donation in the history of the civic institution.The donation of an estimated two million images spanning more than half a century will more than double the Archives’ collection of 1.6 million negatives…” 

infoDOCKET also notes that a “[Memorandum of Understanding] was signed by the Director of ANL Dr. Karim Tahirov and Virginia Steel, UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian.

Opening the event, the UCLA Librarian for Jewish, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and South Asian Studies David Hirsch told the audience about his trips to Azerbaijan, during which he had the opportunity to familiarize himself with the country’s various libraries including the National Library. He expressed his hope that today’s MOU would establish great opportunities for a strong bilateral collaboration between the two libraries…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakJohn Wiley and Sons Inc. has announced that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the latest Wiley Digital Archives partner. The relationship with RCP is the first venture between Wiley and this society which is the oldest medical college in England. The digital resource will contain approximately 5 million images, selected from both the archives of the College and from the Dorchester library, and will span over 500 years of history,…”

According to Good E-Reader Overdrive has “just announced that in 2017 there were 155 million ebook loans, which was an increase of 11% from 2016 and there was 68 million audiobook loans. There was 59 libraries that loaned out over 1 million titles, 14 that had 2 million checkouts, seven over 3 million, and two over 4 million…”

Good E-Reader also reports that “Microsoft has just issued a new version of their Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17074 and it dramatically increases the functionality of ebooks in the Edge Browser. Reading View is sporting a fresh new look when reading EPUB and PDF files and you can now read in full-screen mode…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources


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