News from the Field

American School of Architecture Archive launches at OU

The University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries has announced the availability of portions of the American School of Architecture Archive. The archive documents the work of OU architecture students under the direction of Oklahoma architects Bruce Goff, Herb Greene, and others in the OU architecture program in the 1950s.

Materials now available for research include correspondence between Goff and client Celestine Barby, drawings by architects Robert Ingulli, Ernest Burden, Donald K. Olsen, William Murphy, Robert Faust and Melvin Shivvers, research files about Goff gathered by the architect Donald MacDonald, and material related to Mendel Glickman, who was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin prior to joining Goff in Oklahoma. Collections are described in the libraries’ catalog and in finding aids available online.

Glass slides from the University of Oklahoma Libraries American School of Architecture Archive.

Glass slides from the University of Oklahoma Libraries American School of Architecture Archive.

In addition, the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, in collaboration with the OU Libraries, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a digital portal to the collection. “The American School of Architecture: An Interactive Database” will present an illustrated history of OU’s contribution to architectural pedagogy and practice. More information is available at https://libraries.ou.edu/content/nine-american-school-architecture-collections-now-available-research.

ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE release report on future scenarios for research libraries and emerging technologies

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE have published a report on two invitational workshops with experts in learning and research applications of emerging technologies. The workshops, held this spring, focused on identifying likely futures for partnerships with libraries.

“Future Themes and Forecasts for Research Libraries and Emerging Technologies,” written by ARL Visiting Program Officer Scout Calvert, synthesizes the work of the 27 workshop participants and presents key findings and post-workshop commentary. Calvert notes that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which loomed over the workshop discussions, “participants were largely, if guardedly, optimistic and determined.” She reports “research libraries are viewed as ready partners” in working with emerging technologies for learning and research because libraries “are already engaged in activities that pertain to information literacy, data, and technology use.”

Workshop participants expect fiscal constraints will make cross-department and cross-institution collaboration even more attractive. Calvert concludes, “Current events largely amplify pressures and opportunities for research libraries to mindfully and collaboratively adopt and shape emerging technologies to advance the mission in support of learning and research.”

The report is available at www.arl.org/resources/future-themes-and-forecasts-for-research-libraries-and-emerging-technologies/.

OCLC, CRL enhance WorldCat shared print serials infrastructure

OCLC and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) have completed a two-year project that has added support for the registration of serial retention commitments in OCLC’s WorldCat database, improved discovery of shared print data, and enhanced CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR). The expanded functionality is a significant step forward in collectively managing the preservation of the scholarly record for future generations. The project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

OCLC and CRL worked together to enhance and simplify registration workflows, allowing shared print programs to quickly set up and then efficiently bulk register thousands of commitments in WorldCat in only a few steps. Serial commitments in WorldCat will be automatically synchronized to PAPR and are also discoverable through an enhanced OCLC Metadata API that provides systematic access to shared print data. This comprehensive shared print data will then be available to inform library decision-making, improving both retention and collection development strategies. To learn more about shared print and the collective collection, visit oc.lc /sharedprint.

IMLS invests $5.2 million in library services for tribal communities, native Hawaiians

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced grants totaling $5,263,000 through three programs designed to support and improve library services of Native American and Native Hawaiian organizations.

Native American Library Services Basic Grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services. These noncompetitive grants are distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Grants totaling $1,834,336 will be awarded to 172 Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, and regional and village corporations.

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants augment existing library services or implement new library services for Indian tribes. Enhancement Grants are only awarded to applicants that have applied for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year.

IMLS received 37 applications requesting $4,894,378 and was able to award $3,010,492 to 23 tribes in 12 states. This year’s awarded grants will advance the preservation and revitalization of language and culture, as well as educational programming and digital services. More information is available at www.imls.gov/news/imls-invests-52-million-library-services-tribal-communities-native-hawaiians.

Project MUSE launches MUSE in Focus: Commemorating the 19th Amendment

In its continuing effort to provide context and share relevant content related to current issues, Project MUSE has launched a new MUSE in Focus resource commemorating the 19th Amendment. With participation from its wide range of publishing partners, the content examines the history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, and how the struggle for political equity continues today.

MUSE in Focus is an ongoing series of curated resources, comprising content from participating publishers across Project MUSE’s broad corpus, designed to contribute interdisciplinary, scholarly context to current events and issues. Over the past year, Project MUSE has joined with their publishers to highlight and put a lens on key issues including: “MUSE in Focus: Confronting Structural Racism,” “MUSE in Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic,” and “MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence.” Each is a series of curated selections of trusted scholarly content from MUSE’s participating publishers, designed to contribute historical, cultural, and social context to current events and issues on global, national, and local scales. Muse in Focus resources are available at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/muse-in-focus/.

Gale launches new online career assessment platform

Gale, a Cengage company, recently announced the launch of Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep, a new online career assessment platform for libraries (powered by Peterson’s) that gives patrons access to career development tools. Now libraries can provide job seekers with career planning and guidance resources to explore new paths that align with their interests and skills to achieve their professional goals in today’s job market. The resource helps users learn about job paths, receive personalized career and college recommendations, create resumes and cover letters, search for positions, explore schools and training programs, and obtain advice on both finding a job or advancing an existing career. Complete information is available at www.gale.com/elearning/petersons-test-and-career-suite.

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