News from the Field

The March digital exhibit at University of Oregon

The March, a digital exhibition about James Blue’s documentary film on the 1963 March on Washington, launched in January 2019. Blue was commissioned by the United States Information Agency to make a film about the March on Washington that would share the momentous event with the world. Expected to produce a work of upbeat propaganda, Blue instead created something much richer and more complex, showing racism confronted by anti-racism, and conflict balanced by collaboration. The film’s release sparked a political controversy that threatened to derail the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The digital exhibition was led by Professor David A. Frank and cosponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and University of Oregon Libraries, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The exhibit is available at https://themarch.uoregon.edu.

Nevada State Library launches virtual reality cataloging project

This January, the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records launched a first-in-the nation project of 20 3-D information experiences created for virtual reality by Lifeliqe, a Silicon Valley-based virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality publisher. The project adds 3-D content to already existing collection formats commonly seen in libraries, such as print, pictures, music, maps, video, and more. The records have been uploaded to WorldCat with the goal to increase access to 3-D science content through OCLC’s 80,000 libraries in 170 countries.

Currently, there are 15 libraries and University of Nevada-Reno’s Fleishmann Planetarium, 16 total pilot groups, who are part of a yearlong pilot project deploying virtual and augmented reality equipment and content. The pilot has been made possible with funds provided by SB549, one-shot resources from the 2017 Nevada legislature to seed emerging technology projects in libraries, as well as from the federally funded Library Services and Technology Act grants-to-states program.

IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries and Archives

Registration for IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries and Archives is now open. IDEAL, formerly the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, aims to foster awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues through the exploration of exemplary practice, contemporary theory, thought leadership, and strategy development for all in the academic and public library, archives, and museum sectors. Presented by The Ohio State University Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and ACRL, IDEAL ’19 will be held August 6–7, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The advance registration deadline is April 30, 2019. Complete details are available at https://library.osu.edu/ideal-19.

ACRL information literacy programs, special collections security guidelines revised

At the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the ACRL Board of Directors approved revised versions of two of the association’s guidelines. Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline was revised by the Information Literacy Best Practices Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section, and ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections was revised by Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Security Committee. Both revised guidelines are available at www.ala.org/acrl/standards.

Five librarians selected as 2019 IFLA/OCLC Fellows

OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2019. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

The 2019 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are John Oluwaseye Adebayo, Chrisland University, Nigeria; Samar Jammoul, Safadi Public Library, Lebanon; Davaasuren Myagmar, National Library of Mongolia; Tracey-Ann Ricketts, National Library of Jamaica; and Ramiro Jose Rico Carranza, Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, Bolivia. More information on the program is available at www.oclc.org/en/about/awards/ifla-fellowship-program.html.

OASIS adds Project MUSE ebooks

More than 34,000 ebooks from Project MUSE, focused on humanities and social sciences, are now available for title-by-title purchase in the OASIS platform. These Project MUSE ebooks are all digital rights management (DRM)-free, which means users can access them from any personal device or reader without download, print, or copy/paste restrictions.

Founded at Johns Hopkins University, Project MUSE disseminates scholarly books and journals from hundreds of the world’s most distinguished university presses and scholarly societies. Project MUSE is the latest publisher direct platform to be added to OASIS, a configurable web-based ordering tool used by academic librarians to select and order print books, ebooks, and streaming video.

Recent Researches in Music Online

A-R Editions launched Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO), a subscription service for libraries, in 2018. Patrons of subscribing libraries have online, PDF-based, unlimited multiuser access to new and backlist titles published in A-R’s internationally respected series, Recent Researches in Music. The Recent Researches in Music series encompasses music from the middle ages through the early 20 century and includes nearly 700 titles to date.

A-R Editions recently partnered with Allen Press to reliably deliver RRIMO using their online publishing platform Pinnacle. The 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. A-R Editions has also partnered with Donahue Group Inc. to provide MARC records for all RRIMO titles, as well as for the print versions of new Recent Researches in Music publications. These records will be uploaded to OCLC as well as other cataloging service providers, allowing for easy integration of RRIMO publications into library cataloging systems. More information is available at www.rrimo.com/.

EBSCO acquires Stacks

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the acquisition of Stacks Inc., a library and research web platform. EBSCO partnered with the company in 2016 to release Stacks, a hosted content management system for libraries. Stacks technology is designed to simplify the process of creating online content for libraries. It is the first turnkey, responsive web platform with plug and play integrations and mobile apps connected in real time. Stacks allows libraries to market programs and services, manage event registrations and room bookings, conduct surveys and polls, and create research guides. It also enables libraries to surface their collections and provide the best possible search and discovery experience and more. To learn more, visit www.stacksdiscovery.com.

PALNI, WRLC, PALCI collaborate on IR solutions

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI) is developing collaborative instances of two open-source institutional repository platforms, Islandora and Hyku, via partnerships with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). The work will include analyzing and improving the functionality and capacity of the software to support collaboration. To benefit the wider community, all developments from the partnerships will be openly available for adaptation. PALNI and WRLC have completed the first phase of the Islandora implementation with a summer 2019 completion expected. PALNI will complete the initial Hyku pilot near the end of 2019.

ProQuest One Academic debuts

ProQuest launched the first product in its ProQuest One initiative at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. ProQuest One debuts with the launch of ProQuest One Academic, a comprehensive interdisciplinary destination for research, teaching, and learning. The resource unifies more than 250 years of curated content across journals, ebooks, video, dissertations, newspapers, and more, covering more than 175 subjects, organizing information within a single experience to improve research outcomes and teaching workflows. Designed for all levels of academic research, ProQuest One Academic enables the content sets in each resource to work together seamlessly, driving more insightful and contextual knowledge discovery, and features a streamlined workflow, with simpler organization of content that reduces the frustration and time spent of toggling between screens and tabs. Learn more at www.proquest.com/products-services/ProQuest-One-Academic.html.

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