ATG News You Need to Start the Week 2/26/19

by | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 comments

 

According to Information Today “the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) published “Protecting America’s Collections: Results From the Heritage Health Information Survey.” This report “shed[s] light on the challenges faced by libraries, museums, and archives as they care for their collections, as well as the many strides they have made over a decade,” according to the press release…”


infoDOCKET reports that “Grand Valley State University’s library is in the preliminary process of cutting over $800,000 for its collections budget to combat the rising prices of subscription-based services and an absence of bonus funds from the Provost’s office.

[Associate Dean of Curation, Publishing and Preservation Services Jeffery Daniels said that out of the library’s approximate budget of $12 million, there is little wiggle room in finding ways to cut costs. Nearly $6 million of those funds supports faculty and staff and approximately $5.2 million is set aside for collections, with the remaining funds being used for library upkeep and support, such as furniture and technology maintenance…”


Also according to infoDOCKET “The work by charity Art UK ensures items in the UK’s public collections will be available online, free of charge, to people all over the world.

Formerly known as the Public Catalogue Foundation, Art UK created a website that has catalogued the thousands of paintings and works on paper which are owned by public institutions…”


PennLibNews reports that “Dr. William Noel has been appointed Associate Vice Provost for External Partnerships, in addition to his current role as Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS). In his new appointment, Noel will raise Penn Libraries’ global profile as a center of excellence for the imaginative employment of modern technologies to discover and disseminate cultural heritage information to new audiences the world over, and for the creation of partnerships that provide access to unique resources and once-hidden collections in Philadelphia and internationally.


According to KnowledgeSpeak “a new module has now been added to the nanotechnology research database Nano, which was launched by Springer Nature in 2016. The patent module allows users to sort through over 22 million nano-related patents across all major jurisdictions and languages…”


KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “The British Library is improving the performance of its online catalogue with Syndetics UnboundTM, a ProQuest enrichment service that helps libraries create an interactive search experience for their users. With more than 150 million items in its catalogue – including books, magazines, newspapers, patents, electronic files and more


In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “Israelis will enjoy greater access to material stored in Israeli archives under an agreement signed Monday by three organizations. The signatories are Wikimedia Israel, which runs the Hebrew Wikipedia site; the Association of Israeli Archivists, which represents hundreds of archivists; and the National Library of Israel.

 

 

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