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News from the Field

UC-San Diego acquires African Americana collection

The University of California (UC)-San Diego Library recently announced the addition of its first African Americana collection—the Turner Collection—to its Special Collections & Archives. Donated by Steve Turner, a UC-San Diego alumnus and an avid collector, the collection is comprised of more than 300 items, including rare photographs, pamphlets, photocards, posters, and pinback buttons, many from the 19th century and all of which shed new light on the African American experience, particularly in the American West.

A day at the beach in San Diego, California, circa 1930, from the Turner Collection. Image courtesy of UC San Diego Library, Special Collections & Archives.

A day at the beach in San Diego, California, circa 1930, from the Turner Collection. Image courtesy of UC San Diego Library, Special Collections & Archives.

Turner’s focus was on a less well-known migration of African Americans to the West that preceded the great migration from the South between 1916 and 1970. His collection brings to light the story of pioneer immigrants who moved west after the Civil War and before World War II. Library staff are currently working to digitize many of the materials in the Turner Collection in order to make them readily available to the community via the Library’s Digital Collections website.

Virginia Tech Publishing partners with international association to publish engineering open textbook

Virginia Tech Publishing and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers have published Introduction to Biosystems Engineering, an open textbook for university-level introductory courses in biosystems engineering. Written by an international team of authors, this is the first open textbook published as part of the Virginia Tech University Libraries’ membership in the Open Education Network Publishing Cooperative. It also marks the first time that Virginia Tech Publishing has partnered with an international professional association to publish an open textbook.

Introduction to Biosystems Engineering is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) and is available both in print and online.

The online version is freely downloadable, either as a complete work or as standalone chapters. In addition, a parallel resource in development, The Biosystems Engineering Digital Library, will provide more teaching and learning resources instructors can use in the classroom. Learn more at https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/93254.

Research database centralizes information about Penn State faculty scholarship

A new database established by a collaborative team, including the Penn State University Libraries, aims to provide centralized, consistent access to scholarly research metadata for Penn State faculty research, while eliminating much of the administrative work involved with research-activity reporting software used by higher education faculty.

The Researcher Metadata Database (RMD) aggregates content from multiple scholarly research databases, including Digital Measures, Pure, the Penn State Electronic Theses and Dissertations database, National Science Foundation (NSF), Open Access Button, and Clarivate (formerly Web of Science). RMD’s function not only helps to create a single access programming interface for faculty profiles and department web pages, but also facilitates implementation of Penn State’s Open Access Policy and the ability to generate reports on common data requests.

A unique feature of the RMD is the ability to push information to the Open Researcher and Contributor ID system, whose identifiers are increasingly used by funding organizations such as NSF and the National Institutes of Health as a source of information on research activity, including biographical sketches of researchers. For more information, visit https://metadata.libraries.psu.edu.

More journals migrating to Project MUSE

Project MUSE is pleased to announce seven additional journal titles now available on our platform. These titles are not included in MUSE Journal Collections, but are available to institutions as individual title subscriptions. The titles are published by a mix of our longstanding university press partners and new participating publishers. Titles include Adoption & Culture, CLA Journal, CrossCurrents, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Michigan Historical Review, North American Journal of Celtic Studies, and Perspectives of New Music. More details are at https://muse.jhu.edu/.

Drama Online partners with Theatre Communications Group

Bloomsbury Publishing has announced a major new partnership with leading play publisher Theatre Communications Group to bring a new, exclusive Theatre Communications Group Play Collection to its award-winning platform Drama Online.

The new collection will join existing play texts from Methuen Drama, The Arden Shakespeare, Oberon Books, Faber and Faber, Nick Hern Books, Playwrights Canada Press, and Aurora Metro Books, further diversifying the writers and work the platform offers to meet the needs of drama students, teachers, and practitioners around the world.

The Theatre Communications Group Play Collection will launch in early 2022. It will make these works available digitally in the educational market for the first time. Playwrights will include Lee Breuer, Nilo Cruz, Sarah Ruhl, Richard Nelson, Ping Chong, and many more. Learn more at www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/.

CLOCKSS adds new publishers

CLOCKSS, the decentralized preservation archive that ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact, announced the participation of seven additional publishers. New publishers archived include Airiti, Inc., Baghdad Science Journal, Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios en Informática, International Structural Engineering and Construction Society, Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and Pro Medicina Foundation. Learn more about CLOCKSS at www.clockss.org.

EBSCO launches Dynamic Health CDS + Skills

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the release of Dynamic Health CDS + Skills, a resource designed to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills; obtain fast, accurate answers to clinical questions; and foster a culture of evidence-based practice.

Dynamic Health CDS + Skills builds on EBSCO’s current resource, Dynamic Health Skills, adding clinical decision support content that is based on a strict, evidence-based methodology, leading to improved patient outcomes.

Dynamic Health CDS + Skills features include skills and competency checklists, continuing education, seamless integration into the electronic health record and learning management systems, policy implementation, and on-the-go access via a mobile app. Both products will be available to meet the unique needs of health care organizations.

Learn more at www.ebsco.com/health-care/products/dynamic-health.

Mellon Foundation funds CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $4,415,000 to support the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives regranting program. This renewal continues the program’s work with a new thematic focus and includes support for an external assessment.

Since its establishment in 2015, the program has distributed more than $24 million to digitize collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions.

The forthcoming call, Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices, will invite proposals to digitize materials that deepen public understanding of the histories of people of color and other communities and populations whose work, experiences, and perspectives have been insufficiently recognized or unattended.

By funding a cohort of academic, independent, and community-based organizations to digitize now-unavailable or underused collections, CLIR will cultivate broad recognition of the value of creating access to resources that document historically marginalized people to the advancement of social justice.

Learn more at www.clir.org/hiddencollections/.

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