News from the Field

News from the Field

University of Illinois Library launches Gwendolyn Brooks website

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In celebration, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library has launched a new and interactive Story Map Journal website chronicling events across Illinois celebrating Brooks.

The site highlights continuities between Brooks’ past and present by layering the evidence of her work to promote a love of poetry in Illinois with the work of libraries and schools around the state to celebrate her in 2017. The UIUC Rare Book & Manuscript Library is linking selections from its Gwendolyn Brooks Papers to relevant archival materials and memories contributed or held by other institutions in the state using the site.

The Story Map website is available at http://go.library.illinois.edu/StoryMapJournal.

Texas Digital Library joins Chronopolis

The Texas Digital Library (TDL), along with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas-Austin, has joined the Chronopolis digital preservation network, becoming the first new node since the network’s inception in 2008. Other nodes in the TRAC-certified digital preservation network, administered by the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Library, include UCSD, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

Chronopolis has the capacity to preserve hundreds of terabytes of digital data of any type, with minimal requirements of the data provider. The system leverages high-speed networks, mass-scale storage capabilities, and the expertise of the partners to provide a geographically distributed, heterogeneous, and highly redundant preservation repository system.

Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems call for comment

The ACRL Status of Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Review Task Force requests feedback on a draft of new ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems and a revised version of the ACRL Guideline for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure of Academic Librarians. Review the documents on the ACRL website at www.ala.org/acrl/standards and send comments to Task Force Chair Allyson Mower at allyson.mower@utah.edu by August 15, 2017.

Library of Congress releases digital records

The Library of Congress (LOC) recently announced that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in LOC history. The records also can be accessed at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration. Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually or through a paid subscription.

“The Library of Congress is our nation’s monument to knowledge and we need to make sure the doors are open wide for everyone, not just physically but digitally too,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Unlocking the rich data in the Library’s online catalog is a great step forward. I’m excited to see how people will put this information to use.”

The data covers a wide range of items, including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, maps, music, and visual materials. The free data sets cover more than 45 years, ranging from 1968—during the early years of MARC—to 2014. Each record provides standardized information about an item, including the title, author, publication date, subject headings, genre, related names, summary, and other notes.

EBSCO Information Services certified under Privacy Shield Framework

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has self-certified under the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Privacy Shield Framework replaces the earlier U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework that was invalidated in October 2015. It is intended to provide a reliable mechanism for companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States, while retaining adequate protections and safeguards and providing transparency related to the information collected. It also builds in accountability for data transfers and mechanisms for dispute resolution. By participating in the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, EBSCO certified that it adheres to the framework’s principles, as set out by the U.S. Department of Commerce, in the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union or the European Economic Area to the United States.

The certification Privacy Shield Framework covers EBSCO Information Services’ parent company, EBSCO Industries, Inc., and its subsidiaries EBSCO Publishing, Inc. dba EBSCO Information Services; DynaMed, LLC; and Yankee Book Peddler, Inc., dba GOBI Library Solutions. More details about EBSCO’s privacy practices, including their compliance with the Privacy Shield Framework, can be found in EBSCO’s privacy policies available at www.ebsco.com.

LYRASIS announces Catalyst Fund project awards

LYRASIS recently announced support for six Catalyst Fund projects valued at $135,000 to foster innovation among members and knowledge communities worldwide. A new LYRASIS program, the Catalyst Fund offers “kickstarter” funds to incubate new ideas and test creative approaches to advance objectives of member institutions. Projects were chosen by LYRASIS Leaders Circle participants based on the merit of the idea and the potential positive impact on the wider field of libraries, archives, and museums. Five Project proposals (to be implemented by the applying institution) and one Idea (to be implemented outside the applying institution) were funded. Recipients include Columbia University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Johnson C. Smith University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Washburn University.

New Engaging with the ACRL Framework workshop

ACRL recently announced that its newest workshop, Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices, is now available for scheduling beginning in July 2017. The workshop joins the slate of ACRL’s other workshops that can be brought to your campus, chapter, or consortia upon request throughout the year.

Led by two expert presenters, this one-day immersive workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and in exploring ways it may help enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions. This workshop is relevant to any librarian who supports teaching and learning, whether through direct instruction or through instructional programming or initiatives.

More information about the workshop, including a full program description, sample schedule for the day, presenter biographies, and host responsibilities, is available on the ACRL website at www.ala.org/acrl/frameworkroadshow.

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