2018 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners Announced;  *Providing Digital Information in Places with Limited or No Access: Library and Internet Organizations Announce “The Tempe Principles”*Project MUSE Announces Launch of MUSE Open; More Than 550 Social Science and Humanities Books Now Available to All;  *New State, Local, and Regional Data Resources and Tools;  *Hampshire College doubles student use of academic services by centralizing them in library;  *Dark Archive to protect 600 terabytes of ProQuest data; and *Holding Pattern | Budgets & Funding plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources


According to ACRL Insider the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award have been announced.  They include “Naugatuck Valley Community College Max R. Traurig Library, Waterbury, Connecticut; State University of New York, College at Geneseo Milne Library, Geneseo, New York; and Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Richmond, Virginia…


infoDOCKET reports on  the ASU Tempe Summit, held from January 30 to February 1, 2018, at the ASU Library in Tempe, Arizona, that was held by Arizona State University Library and Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders, with the involvement of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).

At the summit, “30 participants representing 15 organizations discussed the key factors affecting major aspects of providing “offline internet” information to communities, institutions, and regions that currently do not have robust (or any) internet access…”


Also according to infoDOCKETProject MUSE is pleased to announce that over 550 humanities and social science books from several distinguished university presses are now available on our platform as fully open access (OA). These books are provided through the permission of their publishers and are freely available to libraries and users around the world.


In addition, infoDOCKET has adds four new sources to its accumulating list of regional data resources and tools.


Library Technology Guides reports that “student usage of academic services nearly doubled after Hampshire College centralized the services into Harold F. Johnson Library, in a large, newly renovated space starting this past September 2017. The concept behind the new Knowledge Commons was funded by a $1.2 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant awarded to the library in December 2015…”


Also according to Library Technology GuidesProQuest has launched a new initiative for the long-term archival storage of its digital content, creating a “dark archive” that protects the investments of its library customers. The ProQuest SAFE (Secure Archives ForEver) service will ensure preservation and access to content purchased by customers…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a new brief entitled Responding to Unsustainable Journal Costs, which addresses the increasingly alarming situation of escalating subscription costs for international journals. Authored by CARL Research Associate Kathleen Shearer, with input from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the brief provides an overview of the current situation and discusses the systemic issues contributing to the problem…”


 

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “more than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis rejecting their new policy of locking content more than 20 years old behind a ‘moving wall’. This means that academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis ‘big deal’ will now have to be purchased as a separate package…”


“…An initial look at LJ’s 2018 Budgets and Funding survey of U.S. public libraries reveals a 2.8% increase in 2017’s total operating budgets, representing continued improvement since the lows of 2008—although down from last year’s gain of 3.4%. Overall, 77% of the 329 responding libraries reported an increase in total operating budgets from 2016 to 2017. In terms of individual locations, this is an improvement over previous years; 70% reported upticks in 2016, and 74% in 2015…” 

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources