ATG News & Announcements 1/2/20

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ALA 2020 Midwinter Preview

American Libraries offers its usual Midwinter Preview in this post noting featured speakers, issue related discussions, books and awards, exhibit highlights, business and financial meetings and other news that you can use.

Famous Friends: A New Multimedia Project from UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library Explores the “Six Degrees of Mark Twain”

infoDOCKET cites UC Berkeley News and reports that “a new multimedia project published by UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, “Six degrees of Mark Twain,” has pulled from a vast collection of the library’s Mark Twain Papers and Project — the largest collection of Twain’s private writings and manuscripts — to explore how Twain’s life intersected with six people: P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, Helen Keller, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ulysses S. Grant…”

Princeton University Library: T.S. Eliot Letters, Among Best-Known Sealed Literary Archives, Open After 60 Years

In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “on Jan. 2, 2020, a collection of 1,131 letters from Nobel laureate and renowned writer Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, to his lifelong friend Emily Hale will open for research at Princeton University Library. Dating from 1930 to 1957, the letters are the largest single series of Eliot’s correspondence and among the best-known sealed literary archives in the world.

Thousands of new books are now in the public domain

Good e-Reader notes that “thousands of new books are now in the public domain from 1924, after being copyrighted for 95 years. This includes classics like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Gift of Black Folk, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. All of these titles and more will be available in ebook form on various online retailers and services such as Project Gutenberg.

Coalition for Networking Information’s Closing Plenary Session Available

The closing plenary session from CNI’s recent membership meeting is now available online. In Forgetting and Being Forgotten: Growing Up in a Digital Era, Kate Eichhorn (The New School) discusses the tradeoffs of increased access to media technologies for children and youth, and the implications for social identity development.
See also: Clifford Lynch’s opening address, A Fragmented Landscape, Collaborations Refreshed, and CNI’s 2019-20 Program

Report: “Publishers, Audible Say Settlement is Close in Captions Case”

Also according to infoDOCKET “In a December 27 letter, lawyers for Audible and a group of seven major publishers reported that a settlement to end a closely watched copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed Captions program is within reach.


University of Chicago Loses Appeal in Library Union Case

University of Roehampton selects OCLC’s library software

The December 2019 Issue of IFLA Journal is Now Available Online

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory goes live on Koha with ByWater support

TLC Upgrades Its Library Management Platform

Fujitsu Rebrands Netronix eReaders as the Quaderno A5 and A4

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