ATG News You Need to Start the Week 4/22/19

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Library Technology Guides reports that “the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and LYRASIS are pleased to announce a new collaboration to help provide all public libraries with a free, open, library-controlled platform for managing their ebook and audiobook services. Through this newly-established collaboration, DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS will each offer core services and tools that, in combination, will provide public libraries across the United States with a full-service pathway to acquire and deliver ebooks and audiobooks through a library-controlled marketplace and platform.

Citing  the Folger’s “The Collation” Blog, infoDOCKET reports that “British Book Illustrations (BBI) is a project of the Folger Shakespeare Library, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize and index woodcut and engraved illustrations in our seventeenth-century British and English-language books. We began by systematically digitizing all of the nearly 6,700 illustrations from the years 1604-1640, continuing the work done by Luborsky and Ingram in their Guide to English Illustrated Books, 1536-1603. We subsequently digitized around 3,300 illustrations from the years 1641-1700 from selected books that are renowned for their illustrations…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “In December of 2018, the Digitization Program Office (DPO) and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) started a 5-month project (well, with a government shutdown, it will be more like 6 months), to digitize 18,000 posters in the collections of the Archives Center and Political and Military History division. The posters range from recruitment posters for Red Cross nurses in WWI in the Archives Center’s Princeton University Posters collection, to Get Out the Vote posters in the Political History collections from the last 10 years…”

ARL News reports that “in a new Association of Research Libraries (ARL) white paper, a task force of expert Wikidata users recommend a variety of ways for librarians to use the open knowledge base in advancing global discovery of their collections, faculty, and institutions… The white paper, circulated for public comment in fall 2018, contains examples of Wikidata applications, screenshots, and recommendations for involvement on an individual or organizational level…”

According to KnowledgeSpeakDuke University Press has announced Dean Smith, the director of Cornell University Press, as its new director. Smith succeeds Steve Cohn, who is retiring at the end of June. Cohn has been at Duke University Press since 1984, and has served as director since 1993. Smith will start in his new position beginning July 1…”

KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new Recommended Practice draft for improved access to institutionally-provided information resources. This document details the findings from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative and provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and for improving the federated authentication user experience…”

According to ALA NewsEvviva Weinraub, associate university librarian for Collections & Technologies at Northwestern University, has been elected as the 2020-2021 president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She will serve as Vice-President during 2019-20…”

ALA News also reports that “Christopher Cronin, associate university librarian for Collections at Columbia University, has been elected the 2020-2021 President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). He will serve as president-elect for one year before becoming ALCTS president on July 1, 2020…”



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