News Briefs for January 2018

LYRASIS gets $90k from Mellon Foundation, Penn State Press and Eisenbrauns partner on ancient Near East and more, Library of Congress and WGBH preserve Watergate hearings, and more News in Brief from the January 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

LYRASIS has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research current technology uses in museums, in relationship to collections information management, with consultants from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative and Ithaka S+R.

The Pennsylvania State University Press and its international academic publisher Eisenbrauns have launched a partnership that will focus on scholarship on the ancient Near East, the archaeology of the Mediterranean, and Jewish and Christian history and texts.

The Chicago Sun-Times has donated the motion picture press kit files used by film critic Roger Ebert (1942–2013) to the University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champaign Archives. Ebert was a UI alumnus.

Telecommunications company Comcast will donate $250,000 to support “Experience Labs” at the Woodson Regional Library, Whitney Young Branch, and new Altgeld Branch of the Chicago Public Library, featuring YOUmedia teen digital labs, CyberNavigator adult digital skills tutoring, and Maker Lab programming.

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and BiblioLabs announced on November 6 the launch of ­OpenDissertations.org, an open access initiative that will provide participating libraries with additional academic and open web discovery of electronic theses and dissertations metadata.

The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH have acquired television coverage of the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, donated by WETA Washington, DC, digitally preserved and made available online through “Gavel-to-Gavel: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

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