ATG News & Announcements 9/14/18

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This press release contains a number of references to the recently released film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship by documentary film director: Jason Schmitt, Open Society Foundations (2018) including descriptions, an interview, and a review.

Presented by the Acquisitions Section for contributions by and outstanding leadership of an individual in the field of acquisitions librarianship, the award consists of $1,500 and a citation donated by HARRASSOWITZ in honor of Dr. Knut Dorn, former managing director. Winners will be chosen based on: demonstrated leadership that has contributed significantly to: improvements in acquisitions; and achievement in the field of acquisitions through contributions to professional associations, literature, the education of acquisitions professionals and the advancement of the profession.

Send nominations to: Erika Johnson, chair, HARRASSOWITZ Jury,

According to ACRL Insider “made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants, and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship. This year, ACRL once again seeks to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its peers…”

infoDOCKET reports that “Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning approved a plan Thursday (Sept. 13) that will help to expand space at Pattee Library for student studying and collaboration on the University Park campus.

The $17.3 million renovation and infill expansion of Pattee Library will increase student group-study and collaboration spaces…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the New York Public Library will open a permanent exhibition of rotating treasures from its extensive research collections, supported by a generous $12 million gift from philanthropist Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE and The Polonsky Foundation…”

The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures is expected to open in fall 2020 at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2018.

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that CRL has announced “the release of a new digital collection, the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS). Created in cooperation with Northwestern University, el Colegio de México, and the Mexican non-governmental organization Artículo 19, MIDAS is an open access online database of documents drawn from the archives of Mexico’s two principal security services: the Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) and the Dirección General de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociales (DGIPS)…”








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