ATG News & Announcements 9/5/20

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2020 Library Design Showcase

American Libraries has published its annual celebration of new and renovated libraries. Their “2020 Library Design Showcase” celebrates “shining examples of architectural innovation—completed before the COVID-19 pandemic—address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. As with past showcases, renovations and expansions dominate submissions, as communities find novel ways to conserve and honor existing spaces while moving them into the 21st century…”


2020 ALA Award Winners

According to American Libraries “each year, the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes the achievements of more than 200 individuals and institutions with an array of awards. This year’s winners, chosen by juries of their colleagues and peers, embody the best of the profession’s leadership, vision, and service as well as a continued commitment to diversity, equality, education, and outreach. This selection represents only some of those honored in 2020; see the complete list at ala.org/awardsgrants…”


First Release of Getty’s New Research Collections Viewer Offers Digital Access to Vast Archives, Uses Linked Open Data and IIIF Standards

infoDOCKET reports that “now online in its initial release, the Research Collections Viewer offers a visual way to browse and search Getty’s archival collections. The Viewer aims to make it easier to see what we have in our research collections—rare primary source material such as artists’ papers, prints, and photographs—as well as contextual information such as related works by the same artist…”


U.S. Goverment: FEDLINK Release “Federal Library Reopening Plans” Report

Also according to infoDOCKET “two FEDLINK working groups, Leadership and Research and Metrics, have authored a new report on how federal libraries, across a range of government agencies, plan to reopen their libraries in response to COVID-19.  In collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Library, who was developing a similar survey of academic, federal, and public libraries, FEDLINK and the NSF Library agreed to combine their questions to collaborate on a standalone federal library survey and contribute to the broader NSF report…”


Scientists find virus still detectable after six days on four common library materials when stacked

According to Library Technology Guides “scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is still detectable after six days on four common library materials when they are stacked, which is a significantly longer attenuation period than had been detected on similar materials when they were not stacked…”


Industry Report Reveals Challenges among Researchers and Research Office Leaders during COVID-19

Library Technology Guides reports that “Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of its annual study on the challenges that academic researchers face, the priorities of research office leaders, and key opportunities for research offices and libraries to support scholarship at institutions of higher education…”

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