ATG News You Need to Start the Week 7/20/20

by | Jul 20, 2020 | 0 comments

100 libraries will loan out over 1 million ebooks in 2020

According to Good e-Reader “over 105 libraries in Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia are on pace to loan out over 1 million ebooks in 2020. Digital circulation has consistently grown each year, but thus far in 2020, these top libraries are seeing a staggering 30% growth compared to 2019. And several of them are doubling their online checkouts…”

Report: “Southern University Plans to Add 50 More Slave Narratives to its Online Collection”

infoDOCKET reports that” Southern University is growing its archive of stories of 19th-century slaves. Next spring, the university will add 50 accounts to its collection of 228 slave narratives collected by John B. Cade and his students in the 1930s. The additional 50 were collected by the Louisiana Works Progress Administration, …”

Hundreds of Television Appearances by Rep. John Lewis Available to View Online Available From the C-SPAN Video Library

Also according to infoDOCKET ” Rep. John Lewis who passed away over the weekend at the age of 80 “appeared on C-SPAN hundreds of time and you can browse, search, and view all of the appearances by accessing the C-SPAN Video Library...”

Core Call for Webinar Proposals

Submit a webinar proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020. Proposals are due September 1, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal.
Submit your idea using this proposal form.

Survey finds room for improvement in communications between IT & Library staff

According to Seamless “The SeamlessAccess Outreach Committee recently conducted surveys of academic IT and library staff to better understand the issues around implementation of federated authentication. The overall results indicate that there is room for improvement in the communications between academic libraries and their institutional IT departments.
We encourage readers to download our Summary of Findings (9 pages) and explore the results themselves. This document includes information about the survey methodology and response demographics, but comments from survey participants have been excluded to preserve anonymity…”

PubHub Tech to Roll Out New Publishing Tools

According to Infomation TodayPubHub Tech, which offers publishing software and workflow management solutions, announced the upcoming releases of PubHub and PubSUITE. These tools are designed to speed up the book production process, reducing what typically takes 3-4 months to only 6-8 weeks. They meet the needs of publishers, pre-press service vendors, and individuals involved in publishing…”

UNESCO’s AI Draft Recommendation Is Available for Public Comment

Information Today also reports that “UNESCO introduced “a global online consultation on the ethics of artificial intelligence, to give everyone around the world the opportunity to participate in the work of its international group of experts on AI. This group has been charged with producing the first draft of a Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, to be submitted to UNESCO Member States for adoption in November 2021…”


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