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ACRL supports AHA Statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History

The ACRL Board of Directors has endorsed an American Historical Association (AHA) statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History. The statement notes that “As the largest organization of professional historians in the world, the AHA condemns the recent deployment of histories invented in the interest of bigotry, violence, and division. Many critics of white nationalism have admirably insisted that ‘this is not who we are.’ If the statements of white nationalists do not reflect who Americans are or want to be, they do compose an undeniable part of our collective past. Those aspects of the nation’s heritage should be exposed and overcome, rather than ignored or celebrated. Knowledge of history can help Americans achieve that goal.”

“ACRL wholly supports the American Historical Association’s moving and timely statement on nativism, violence, and history,” said ACRL President Karen Munro of Simon Fraser University. “The sentiments addressed in the statement reflect our Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s focus on acknowledging and addressing historical racial inequities.”

ACRL is one of more than 30 organizations to sign on in support of the AHA statement, available at www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-advocacy/aha-statement-on-domestic-terrorism-bigotry-and-history.

GPO adds four libraries to Preservation Steward program

Georgia Southern University Libraries, Syracuse University Libraries, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library each signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become Preservation Stewards. Under this agreement, the libraries pledge to permanently preserve print collections of the following: Georgia Southern University Libraries (Congressional Hearings), Syracuse University Libraries (U.S. Statutes at Large), Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University (Federal Register), and Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library, McNeese State University (Publications from the EPA).

Through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), GPO works with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the federal government in print and electronic formats. The program’s antecedents can be traced back to the act of Congress dated December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140). The act provided that one copy of the journals and documents of the Senate and House be sent to each university and college and each historical society in each state. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895.

ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE form strategic partnership

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE are working together to better understand how research libraries, as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise, can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content. The three partner organizations are focused on understanding how such technologies and emerging disciplines as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility and ubiquitous networking, cloud and ambient computing, augmented/virtual reality, and the Internet of things are—and are not—fundamentally transforming the way research and learning occur. More specifically, the partners will focus on understanding the role research libraries are playing and need to play in this dynamic context.

This project is organized in three phases over 18 months. It will engage experts, leaders and community members from research libraries, information technology, higher education, the research enterprise, and the three organizations.

Project Euclid, SPIE announce publishing technology partnership

Project Euclid and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have announced a publishing technology partnership to launch a new Project Euclid platform late in 2020. Project Euclid, jointly managed by the Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, is an online host and aggregator of more than 100 scholarly journals, book series, and conference proceedings in mathematics and statistics. SPIE will develop and power Project Euclid’s new platform in an innovative technology model that brings nonprofit organizations together for the shared development of major publishing infrastructure.

Over the last 20 years, the Cornell University Library has developed and operated a dedicated e-publishing platform in support of Project Euclid’s success. The project’s growth and the sector’s accelerating technical requirements now demand a new technology strategy. Over the next year, Project Euclid will communicate closely with librarians, researchers, publishers, and discovery services to ensure a smooth platform migration.

ProQuest, EBSCO extend ebook partnership

ProQuest and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have extended their existing ebook partnership, which will continue to enable librarians to acquire ProQuest ebook titles through EBSCO’s GOBI Library Solutions platform, as well as EBSCO ebook titles through ProQuest’s OASIS platform and, in the future, the ProQuest Rialto marketplace, currently under development.

This relationship was originally announced in 2015 after EBSCO acquired YBP Library Solutions and its GOBI platform, and ProQuest acquired Coutts and its MyiLibrary and OASIS platforms. The partnership has now been extended for an additional four years. There will be no changes to customer contracts or account contacts. The agreement allows librarians to continue to purchase titles from the vendor of their choice within their preferred ordering platforms.

ACRL selects new curriculum designers/presenters for OER and affordability RoadShow

ACRL has selected a team of four curriculum designers/presenters to create a new RoadShow workshop to support librarians in finding, using, and developing open educational resources (OER). Intended for academic librarians and library staff integrating OER into their institutions and developing OER initiatives, this introductory daylong workshop will be available for host institutions worldwide to bring to their campuses beginning in summer 2020.

After an open and competitive call for applications and careful consideration of an excellent candidate pool, the selection committee, made up of representatives from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee, has chosen the following members for the curriculum design and presentation team: Heather Blicher, e-learning librarian and assistant professor, Southern New Hampshire University; Kathy Essmiller, OER librarian and library liaison to Music and Theatre Departments, Oklahoma State University; Michelle Reed, director of open educational resources, University of Texas-Arlington; and Ariana E. Santiago, open educational resources coordinator, University of Houston.

Complete information about ACRL RoadShows is available at www.ala.org/acrl/conferences/roadshows.

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