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UCLA Film and Television Archive joins UCLA Library

The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Film and Television Archive, the second-largest repository of motion pictures and broadcast programming in the United States, is now part of the UCLA Library. The archive, which had operated under the auspices of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, will now be more closely aligned with the UCLA Library’s archival and research collections. The move positions the archive’s holdings to be better integrated in instruction and research at UCLA, and it will expand access to the archive through the library’s robust digital platforms.

The archive is internationally renowned for rescuing, preserving, and showcasing moving image media and is dedicated to ensuring that the visual achievements of our time are available for information, education, and enjoyment. The sixth largest moving image repository in the world, and second only to the Library of Congress in the United States, the archive maintains more than 450,000 holdings in a state-of-the-art facility that exceeds all preservation standards for materials ranging from nitrate film to digital. More details are available at www.library.ucla.edu/news/ucla-film-television-archive-joins-ucla-library.

ACRL, PLA Boards respond to SCOE recommendations

The Boards of Directors of ACRL and the Public Library Association (PLA) recently submitted a joint letter to ALA President Wanda Brown in response to recommendations contained in the ALA Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) “Forward Together” report. In the letter, the Boards thank and commend SCOE for its thoughtful work on long-standing and complex issues, agreeing that change is needed in ALA.

Additionally, the Boards agree that ALA’s serious financial challenges demand strategic thinking, a willingness to make difficult decisions, and an on-going commitment to transparency as modeled by SCOE. Complete information on the Boards’ recommendations to SCOE is available on ACRL Insider at www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/18822.

Project Information Literacy releases “Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms” report

Project Information Literacy (PIL) recently released a new research study, “Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms.” In this latest study, PIL examined the awareness and concerns of college students in the age of algorithms. In the yearlong, comprehensive study, commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Harvard Graduate School of Education, 103 students in focus groups and 37 faculty from eight colleges and universities from across the country were interviewed. Researchers found these educated young adults, who could help swing the country in a new direction, are coming of age cautious and curious about the implications of a dramatically changing information landscape, where targeted ads are the norm and objective news coverage gets harder to tell from opinion.

The study includes commentaries from leading experts around the country, as well as extensive recommendations for education and information-industry professionals. Co-researchers on the multi-disciplinary study were Barbara Fister, scholar in residence at PIL and emerita professor at Gustavus Adoplphus in Minnesota, and Margy MacMillan, senior researcher at PIL and emerita professor from Mount Royal University in Canada. The full report, along with additional information, is available at www.projectinfolit.org/algo_study.html.

Gale launches second installment of Women’s Studies Archive series

Gale, a Cengage company, has released the second installment of its Women’s Studies Archive series. “Women’s Studies Archive: Voice and Vision,” looks beyond women’s suffrage and explores the evolution of feminism throughout the 19th and 20th centuries (1780–2000). Building on the platform of the first collection, Issues and Identity, this new archive brings more female voices to the forefront, critical for scholars working in women’s history, gender studies, and social history.

As scholars seek to diversify the perspectives from which history is commonly told, “Voice and Vision” brings awareness of and recognition to the accomplishments of women. The archive features collections focused solely on female authors, as well as magazine and journals created by women. Researchers now have access to periodicals written, illustrated, and published by women, representing their work, causes, concerns, and voices. More information is available at www.gale.com/c/womens-studies-archive-voice-and-vision.

JSTOR white paper on open access Latin American scholarship

In 2018, JSTOR received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitization of 680 out-of-print titles from El Colegio de México Press and the dissemination of those titles on an openly accessible basis. In a new white paper, JSTOR documents the significance of this work, the process used to select and digitize titles, and lessons learned about the usage of this collection.

The usage of the ebooks has been significant. Every single title has been used, with more than 500,000 total uses. The data show that there is a broad audience for this scholarship—the titles have been used in 173 countries and territories. On average, the Colmex ebooks are used 57% as much as open access titles in English on our platform—an impressive amount of usage of Spanish-language titles on a primarily English-language scholarly content site.

This project also built a foundation for continued work on the open access dissemination of Latin American scholarship. JSTOR is currently participating in a pilot led by the Latin American Research Resources Project, a consortium of research libraries that is funding the open access distribution of 200 titles published from 2018 to 2019 by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. This initiative will test a framework for the sustainable, long-term stewardship of Open Access scholarly monographs.

The paper is freely available at https://about.jstor.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Impact-of-Open-Access-Latin-American-Scholarship.pdf.

SPIE announces new partnership with OpenAthens

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recently announced a new partnership with OpenAthens. The new collaboration will leverage OpenAthens’ institutional authentication for each of SPIE’s digital library partner platforms, including the SPIE Digital Library site, which offers the world’s largest collection of applied optics and photonics research. With its organization-discovery service Wayfinder option and active support of RA21-recommended practices—facilitating seamless user experience in accessing online resources—the OpenAthens partnership with SPIE ensures that all digital library platforms that SPIE supports will be able to leverage OpenAthens’ technology.

Learn more at https://spie.org/news/spie-announces-new-partnership-with-openathens.

SharedIt adds conference proceedings

Springer Nature recently announced the addition of conference proceedings to its SharedIt initiative. Following a successful pilot in 2018, SharedIt will enable exchange/share links on individual papers in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science as well as in the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology series from January 2020.

SharedIt gives authors and readers the ability to easily share research with colleagues and general audiences. Links are created to read-only versions of the article, which can then be shared via email, social media platforms, scholarly collaboration networks, author websites, and institutional repositories. In 2018, more than 7 million of these sharable links from peer-reviewed articles were distributed throughout the globe. More information is available at www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/sharedit.

OCLC launches EZproxy Analytics

OCLC has introduced EZproxy Analytics, a turnkey analytics service that enables libraries using EZproxy-hosted access and authentication services to transform data into actionable insights, drive more informed decisions, and demonstrate significant impact. EZproxy Analytics automatically manages the entire analytics process—from data storage, extraction, and enrichment to reporting and visualization—making it easy to better understand and communicate e-resource return on investment. EZproxy Analytics also helps libraries to detect unauthorized e-resource usage.

OCLC partnered with the Couperin.org Consortium, the French nonprofit organization that developed ezPAARSE software with the CNRS Institute for Scientific Information to develop EZproxy Analytics. More about EZproxy Analytics is on the OCLC website at www.oclc.org/en/ezproxy/ezproxy-analytics.html.

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