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University of Oklahoma Libraries release open source Markdown Converter

The University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries recently announced the release of an open source Markdown Converter designed to help make open content, including open educational resources (OER), shareable to the fullest extent possible. By using the Markdown Converter, well-structured documents can be converted into PDF, HTML, EPUB, and DOCX file formats with an easy-to-use web interface instead of the command line. Markdown is a markup language that simplifies authoring for the web. Its syntax is both easy-to-read and easy-to-write using tools that come installed on all computers.

Publishing OER in Markdown allows for easy editing, and then, using the Markdown Converter to provide OER in multiple formats, enables students to access OER content more readily. The Markdown Converter, developed by OU Libraries Emerging Technologies Librarian Cody Taylor, is based on Pandoc, but provides access through a graphical interface.

The Markdown Converter is available for anyone to use on the OU Libraries website at https://tools.libraries.ou.edu/markdown. The source code, openly licensed under an open source software license, for the converter can be obtained via GitHub at https://github.com/OULibraries/Pandoc-Web-Interface. The Markdown Converter can be viewed “in action” performing an upload and conversion process at www.youtube.com/.watch?v=tJCfXiLYUWE&t=2s.

Nominations sought for ACRL Board of Directors

The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect, director-at-large, and councilor in the 2019 elections. LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/acrlboardnominations. If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, please feel free to contact LRNC Chair Jennifer Nutefall at jnutefall@scu.edu.

More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available at www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter2. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

Three libraries sign GPO preservation steward agreements

The William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School, Indiana State Library, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library each signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become preservation stewards.

To help federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established preservation stewards to support continued public access to historic U.S. government documents in print format. Preservation stewards contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents, and GPO welcomes all federal depository libraries that wish to participate as Preservation Stewards.

GPO provides for permanent public access to federal government information at no charge through www.govinfo.gov, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

CLIR invites Recordings at Risk applications

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications from collecting institutions for the digital reformatting of audiovisual materials in its third call for the Recordings at Risk grant program. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitizing “at-risk” audiovisual materials of high scholarly value.

For the third call, CLIR will award grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for digital reformatting projects between 3 and 12 months carried out between May 2018 and April 2019.

All audiovisual formats are eligible, though applicants must partner with a qualified external service provider that can perform technically competent and cost-effective digital reformatting for the nominated format(s). Information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available on CLIR’s website at www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/.

The application deadline for the third call is February 9, 2018. Awards will be announced April 30, 2018.

2018 ACRL Immersion Program

The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018. The four-and-a-half-day program will take place at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, from July 29 to August 3, 2018. The new, more central location will provide easy travel access, while still providing the small campus feel with nearby urban amenities.

The 2018 ACRL Immersion Program will launch a major curriculum revision. The Immersion Faculty are responding to feedback from teaching librarians, including past Immersion Program participants, in order to design a learning experience that meets current challenges, is responsive and flexible, enables participant-driven learning goals and experiences, and provides opportunities to develop a critical reflective practice.

The program is not just for instruction or information literacy librarians or instruction coordinators. It is designed for anyone engaged in the educational role of libraries in higher education, including librarians from all library areas that engage in teaching and learning practices, such as offering workshops, designing library assignments, and creating exhibits.

Applicants may register for the program on a first-come, first-served basis in early 2018. Some scholarships will be available; scholarship details will also be available in early 2018. More information is available on the ACRL website at www.ala.org/acrl/immersion.

ARL selects 2018–19 Leadership Fellows

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. ARL has selected 30 individuals to participate in the 2018–19 cohort of this executive leadership program. In response to a continued need to develop future leaders of ARL member institutions, the ARL Leadership Fellows program is designed to build on self-assessment and reflection and to explore a personal/professional area of interest in the context of a group setting. More information, including a list of fellows, is available at www.arl.org/news/arl-news/4440-arl-leadership-fellows-2018-2019-selected.

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