ATG News & Announcements 2/1/18

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A New Home for AI: The Library;  *UNC and United Health Foundation launch partnership to train and diversify next generation of health data analysts;  *A Prototype of the Digital Library of the Middle East Now Live Online;  *Geneva Collection of Rare Early Shakespeare Books Goes Digital;  *Springer Nature unveils enhanced Metadata Downloader to replace the current MARC downloader;  *Greek National Library Begins 10-Million Euro Move to New Facility & Interview with Director General of the Library; and *The British Library Provides Free Access to Medieval Manuscripts plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

According to this post in Inside Higher ED “The University of Rhode Island is taking a very different approach with its new AI lab, which may be the first in the U.S. to be located in a university library. For URI, the library location is key, as officials hope that by putting the lab in a shared central place, they can bring awareness of AI to a wider swath of the university’s faculty and student body…”

“To help address the growing need for a larger and more diverse workforce of health care data analysts, technologists and experts, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and United Health Foundation are expanding access to health care data and informatics educational and professional development resources through the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)…”

According to infoDOCKET “the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today released a prototype proof of concept for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The prototype was developed in partnership with the Antiquities Coalition, Qatar National Library, and Stanford Libraries, and in service to and collaboration with institutional and individual collaborators throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region…”

According to infoDOCKET “a collection of unique early Shakespeare editions dating back to the late 15th century has been digitised by a team of researchers at the University of Geneva, and is being made available to the public.

In all, 36 titles from Shakespeare, including a 1598 copy of Love’s Labour’s Lost, and 138 titles from other authors, such as The Canterbury Tales by Geof­frey Chaucer printed around 1484, have been digitised by The Bodmer Labe a joint initiative between the Fondation Martin Bodmer located in Cologny, near Geneva, and the Uni­versity of Geneva…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakSpringer Nature has launched an enhanced Metadata Downloader which will replace the current MARC downloader. This improved web tool provides librarians and library cataloguers with easily downloadable metadata updates which can be embedded into library catalogues, as well as title lists for a library’s licensed content…”

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Greece’s national library on Tuesday said a 10-million-euro [($12.42 Million/USD] relocation to new facilities, designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, had begun this month and is expected to take three months.

Information Today reports that “The British Library made 50-plus rare medieval manuscripts and early print editions freely available via its Discovering Literature: Medieval resource. These English texts date from the 8th to the 16th centuries and include the single surviving manuscript of Beowulf, the first complete translation of the Bible into English, an illustrated print edition of The Canterbury Tales, and the first English-language work written by a woman. There are also more than 20 articles focusing on gender, faith, and heroism that were written by modern scholars.

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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