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News from the Field

Choice announces 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles

Each January, Choice publishes its Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. This year’s complete list features 455 books and digital resources from 141 publishers.

New this year, Choice editors will also present a weekly series of “sneak peeks” into the 2018 OAT list, providing an overview of the year’s best academic nonfiction in selected subject areas. While the OAT list in its entirety is only available to Choice magazine and Choice Reviews subscribers, these mini-lists will be available to nonsubscribers, as well.

Reflecting on the decision to release selected portions of the list to a wider audience, Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey remarked, “The list is of great utility to our academic library subscribers, but we also see an opportunity to celebrate the OAT authors, editors, and publishers with a wider cross-section of professionals, faculty, and like-minded readers in and around the academy. After all, who doesn’t like a good book?”

Visit the Choice website at http://choice360.org/librarianship/oat-toc to view the selected lists.

2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards applications

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards through March 8, 2019. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. The awards encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the importance of literacy and the need to promote literacy and encourage reading.

Three prizes will be awarded in 2019: the David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) is awarded for an outstanding and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels, the American Prize ($50,000) is awarded for a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy, and the International Prize ($50,000) is awarded for a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels in a country other than the United States. Complete details are available at read.gov/literacyawards.

ACRL President’s Program blog series

ACRL President Lauren Pressley is using her tenure to engage with the important topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) work in libraries. This decision was in coordination with the effort at ACRL to include EDI as a core commitment of the organization. To foster a wider conversation and give the topic more attention, Pressley has expanded her President’s Program beyond the single, traditional, event at the ALA Annual Conference. Part of this expansion is a blog series tackling various topics related to EDI issues. The blog series, and additional information on the President’s Program, is available as an ACRL LibGuide at https://acrl.libguides.com/2019presidentsprogram.

BioOne Complete launches new platform

BioOne, a nonprofit publisher of more than 200 journals from 150 scientific societies and independent presses, has launched a new website for its content aggregation, BioOne Complete. Powered by a nonprofit collaboration with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the new site leverages SPIE’s proprietary platform for the benefit of BioOne’s more than 4,000 accessing libraries and millions of researchers around the world. The new site was designed with the needs of today’s researchers in mind. The modern and intuitive interface allows for enhanced searching and browsing along with simplified off-campus access. My Library features allow researchers to easily organize and access relevant articles and alerts, drawing from BioOne Complete’s database of more than 1.5 million pages of critical content. BioOne Complete is available at http:// bioone.org.

Recent Researches in Music Online

A-R Editions became the first music publisher to provide electronic access to critical editions of music when it launched Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO), a subscription service for libraries. Patrons of subscribing libraries have online, PDF-based, unlimited multiuser access to new and backlist titles published in A-R’s series, Recent Researches in Music. The series encompasses music from the Middle Ages through the early 20th century and includes nearly 700 titles to date. A-R Editions has partnered with Allen Press to reliably deliver RRIMO using their online publishing platform Pinnacle. This platform provides all the major features necessary for electronic text delivery in a library setting, including IP address ranges for user authentication, TPS logins, DOIs registered with Crossref, and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics. More information is available at http://www.rrimo.com/.

ProQuest announces Rialto

In late 2018, ProQuest announced the development of the Rialto service, a new approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries. Through benchmark analytics, recommendations, and a comprehensive marketplace with content of all types —books, ebooks, video, and more—from many sources, libraries will have the tools to become more effective and efficient. Ten universities are partnering with ProQuest to guide the development of Rialto. North American development partners include Boston University, Northeastern University, San Jose State University, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas-Dallas, and University of Windsor. Development partners from the United Kingdom are University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Northumbria University, and Imperial College London. More information is available at https://go.proquest.com/pqrialto.

EBSCO launches The Atlantic Magazine Archive

Now available through EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), The Atlantic Magazine Archive, 1857–2014, is a complete archive of the leading monthly magazine, The Atlantic. The archive enables libraries to expand their special collections with a valuable historical resource for past and contemporary research. The archive includes more than 1,800 issues from one of the oldest and most-respected magazines in the United States and provides a broad view of 19th, 20th-, and early 21st-century American thought and offers extensive coverage and analysis in the fields of politics, foreign affairs, business and the economy, culture and the arts, technology, science, and more. For more information, visit ebscohost.com/archives.

Scholarly Communication RoadShow hosts announced

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” RoadShow workshop at a subsidized rate in 2019. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of bringing this proven content to sites across the country. The institutions selected to host the 2019 RoadShows are Auraria Library (Denver), Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL (Philadelphia), University of North Alabama (Florence), University of Oregon (Eugene), and Utah Academic Library Consortium (Provo). Complete details are on ACRL Insider at www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/16931.

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