ATG News You Need to Start the Week 1/29/18

by | Jan 29, 2018 | 0 comments

New Acquisition: Art Buchwald Papers;  *New Report/Data About Textbook Prices and Use of OER Published by US Public Interest Research Group;  *A New List Featuring Links to Nearly 2,000 Manuscripts Available Online From the British Library;  *ACRL/ RBMS, SAA release Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries;  *Baker-Berry Library will deaccession print materials;  and *OECD trials with UNSILO to improve content discovery and collection-building plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

The Library of Congress has acquired the Art Buchwald Papers celebrating Buchwald (1925–2007), a master of political commentary, whose columns in the Washington Post, syndicated in hometown newspapers across the nation, were first-stop reading for a generation of Americans…”

infoDOCKET reports that “The US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) [recently] released a new report, investigating those high textbook prices for common courses at schools across the country. Entitled Open 101: an Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks, the report contains recommendations that, if enacted, could save students billions of dollars by ensuring the materials that students buy for their general education classes is free instead…”

Citing the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog, infoDOCKET notes that “You can currently view on Digitised Manuscripts no less than 1,943 manuscripts and documents made in Europe before 1600, with more being added all the time.

The list reflects the wide range of materials made available online through our recent on on-going digitisation projects, including Greek manuscripts and papyri, pre-1200 manuscripts from England and France …, and illuminated manuscripts in French and other European vernacular languages.

ALA News reports that “…The new document was approved by the ACRL Board of Directors in October 2017 and by the SAA Council in January 2018. Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries is available on the ACRL website and the SAA Standards Portal.”

Baker-Berry Library (Dartmouth) announced in an email distributed to faculty that it will deaccession, or permanently remove, 59,000 books and journals, or about 2.9 percent of its collection, over the course of the next three years in response to dwindling storage space.

According to  KnowledgeSpeakUNSILO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have worked together on a proof of concept designed to improve content discovery and collection-building from the hundreds of thousands of books and papers available on the OECD Publishing platform, using UNSILO’s artificial intelligence technology. The solution is delivered using UNSILO’s concept extraction engine, which uses semantic tools and machine learning to extract and analyse the key concepts from OECD’s publications…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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