ATG News & Announcements 7/10/20

by | Jul 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Pandemic Telework Project Sparks Increase in Black History Records Accessibility

National Archive News reports that “For more than 5,000 records held by National Archives related to Black history, though, the burst of teleworking time has translated to a project that is making it easier for researchers to find resources, and for the public to contribute to improving access to those documents.

NISO Plus 2020 Outputs Report Now Published

According to an email news release “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to share its inaugural NISO Plus 2020 conference report, which includes a summary of the key ideas generated during the meeting, as well as recommendations for how NISO and the wider information community can best drive these forward…” 

Interview: Dana Canedy on the Responsibilities of Book Publishers

infoDOCKET notes that the The New Yorker has posted an interview with Dana Canedy.
“Simon & Schuster announced that Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and a former reporter for the New York Times, will become its senior vice-president and the publisher of its flagship imprint. Canedy won a Pulitzer two decades ago, at the Times, for her work on the series “How Race is Lived in America.” Canedy also published a book, “A Journal For Jordan,” in 2008, about the death of her fiancé while he was serving in Iraq. She will become the first Black person to take over a major publishing imprint…”

New From the British Library: Shakespeare’s Only Surviving Playscript Now Online

Citing the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog infoDOCKET also reports that “one of the most iconic literary manuscripts by one of the world’s most famous playwrights, William Shakespeare (1564–1616), can now be viewed in full online on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site…”

Coronavirus Impact: Börsenverein Report on the German Book Market

Publishing Perspectives notes that “a new report on the German publishing industry focuses on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in continental Europe’s largest book market…” (The report itself appears at the end of this post)

UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition

In addition infoDOCKET reports that “The UConn Library and the School of Engineering are working to develop new technology that applies machine learning to handwriting text recognition that will allow researchers to have improved access to handwritten historic documents…”


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