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Penn State to renovate Pattee Library

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning approved a plan that will expand space at the university’s Pattee Library for student studying and collaboration on the University Park campus. The $17.3 million renovation and infill expansion of Pattee Library will increase student group study and collaboration spaces and improve overall accessibility across west and central Pattee Library floors and between Pattee Library and Paterno Library.

Rendering of the Pattee Library central atrium addition. Image: WTW Architects.

Rendering of the Pattee Library central atrium addition. Image: WTW Architects.

Plans call for an infill of Pattee Library’s small, rectangular courtyard, the only undeveloped space remaining within the perimeter of the original Pattee Library structure and its 1966 west-side addition. A two-story enclosed atrium—including a stairwell connecting the ground floor to the first floor, expanded elevator access, and additional square footage—will improve pedestrian flow across the building. A ground-level corridor will connect a new Collaboration Commons encompassing the full ground floor west footprint of Pattee Library with its central ground floor.

The second floor of the infill will bring together all Library Learning Services employees who oversee academic instruction and student engagement programs, and expand options for library instruction. The third floor’s infill space will centralize three Digital Scholarship and Data Services units, which include Digital Humanities Services, Research Data Services, and Scholarly Publishing Services.

Nominations sought for ACRL Board of Directors

Be a part of shaping the future of ACRL. 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 and director-at-large in the 2020 elections. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/acrlboardnominations. LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates.

If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, contact LRNC Chair Amanda Peters at arforres@umich.edu. More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available at http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter2.

University of Mississippi library named 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) named the University of Mississippi’s J. D. Williams Library as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The library was selected for its creative promotion of government documents through campaigns, exhibits, and events. The J. D. Williams Library became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1883. The library is the regional depository library for Mississippi, serving ten selective depositories in the state.

To coincide with its 135th anniversary in FDLP, the library hosted a yearlong government documents campaign. As part of the campaign, the library created a government documents coloring book and bookmark and hosted anniversary-related events featuring various librarians and scholars as guest speakers. It produced seven new LibGuides on government information and displayed six exhibits throughout the library that pointed users to the depository. For children, the library developed educational materials and engaged middle-school students with direct programming.

CLIR announces Recordings at Risk grants

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently announced that 18 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants. More detail on this year’s funded projects can be found at: https://www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/funded-projects/.

This is the fourth group of projects supported by the Recordings at Risk awards program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and April 2019. CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle beginning December 3, 2018, at http://bit.ly/CLIRRaRApp.

Digital Library Federation names Futures fellows

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has named three distinguished fellows in the pilot year of a new DLF Futures fellowship program. This program offers financial support and a communications platform for midcareer digital library practitioners whose projects and areas of research open new, perhaps unexpected possibilities, and future directions for the field. DLF’s 2018-19 Futures Fellows are Ana Ndumu of the University of Maryland College of Information, Santi Thompson of the University of Houston Libraries, and Hannah Scates Kettler of the University of Iowa Libraries.

Springer launches interdisciplinary portal on urban studies

To meet the changing needs of the research community, Springer has expanded its urban studies publication program and set up a specially dedicated urban studies portal. The portal compiles a comprehensive collection of books, open access publications, journal articles, and reference works related to urban studies and is now available on springer.com. This new portal aims to bring all Springer publications related to urban studies together in one place so that industry, academia, and policymakers can gain a clear overview of important literature in the field. In addition to showcasing 25 book series, six journals, and eight special works, the portal also features 470 books, 23 selected open access articles, and 13 open access books. Interviews with leading researchers and information about publishing options for authors are also included. Topics broadly encompass urban planning, urban geography, land use, urban development, urban design, urban health, urban energy, urban governance, and smart urban technologies. More information is available at www.springer.com/gp/marketing/urban-studies.

OCLC, Taylor & Francis partner on catalog records

OCLC is partnering with Taylor & Francis to create and deliver high-quality catalog records representing important scholarly works to libraries. As an OCLC cataloging partner, Taylor & Francis will provide published works for OCLC’s team of professional catalogers to create high-quality records to be added to WorldCat and delivered to libraries. OCLC will create 7,000 full-level MARC records annually and deliver records through WorldShare Collection Manager to Taylor & Francis global library customers.

In addition, OCLC will automatically maintain WorldCat holdings for Taylor & Francis customers with an OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription. Taylor & Francis has partnered with OCLC for years by providing metadata to help libraries represent their collections more completely and efficiently for discovery of materials. The new agreement expands the partnership to include the creation and delivery of MARC records.

CLOCKSS formalizes perpetual preservation plan

CLOCKSS has taken new steps to formalize its succession plan and ensure the enduring survival of the scholarly content it preserves. Four of CLOCKSS’s 12 library nodes have agreed to continue to preserve the digital content that is preserved in CLOCKSS, if the organization were to cease to exist. Stanford Libraries (U.S.), Humboldt University (Germany), the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), and the University of Alberta Libraries (Canada) would take over the responsibility and the organization of running the LOCKSS software across the CLOCKSS content, to continue preservation for the future. The CLOCKSS Succession Plan is part of its Trusted Repository Audit Checklist certification by the Center for Research Libraries. CLOCKSS (www.clockss.org) provides a sustainable dark archive to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly content.

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