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The SCOOP: Librarians are Knowledge Creators, Not Just Knowledge Providers

Publishing
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

The SCOOP, Scholarly COmmunication and Open Publishing, is a monthly column published to inform ATLA members of recent developments, new resources, or interesting stories from the realm of scholarly communication and open access publishing.

Librarians as Knowledge Creators

Historically, libraries and the persons who staff them have been perceived as the primary conduits for accessing knowledge. Librarians provide knowledge to those who seek it through classification schema, bibliographic instruction, and the purchase or license of scholarly materials. However, librarians frequently are also engaged in traditional subject-based research, innovative technological projects, and development of new processes or services at their libraries that would be great contributions, in written or other form, to the broader knowledge base.

As Seen on Twitter: March 2018

The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

March Madness in the Library

Submitted by Stephen Sweeney, Library Director, Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary

For the third year in a row, the Cardinal Stafford Library of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary (SJV) has offered a March Madness-themed interactive display to play into the competitiveness and spirituality/faith formation of our community.

This year the event theme is Library March Madness: Saints Edition.

The SCOOP: The A, B, C’s (and R’s) of OER

OER
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager

The SCOOP, Scholarly COmmunication and Open Publishing, is a monthly column published to inform ATLA members of recent developments, new resources, or interesting stories from the realm of scholarly communication and open access publishing.

What is an Open Educational Resource (OER)?

The first full week of March has been designated Open Education Week. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that can help people at all levels of learning to meet their educational goals. To commemorate Open Education Week, we are providing an overview of what an OER is and sharing some resources for locating quality OER.

Severus of Antioch and His Search for the Unity of the Church: 1500 Years Commemoration of his Exile in 518 AD

Antioch
Submitted by Dr. Iskandar Bcheiry, ATLA Metadata Analyst 

On February 7-9, I attended the conference “Severus of Antioch and His Search for the Unity of the Church: 1500 Years Commemoration of his Exile in 518 AD.” The conference was organized by the Department of Syriac Studies at the University of Salzburg in connection to the commemoration of the 1500th anniversary of St. Severus’ exile to Egypt.

As Seen on Twitter: February 2018

The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Testimony: The San Miguel Library, A Bicultural Library in a Bicultural Town

Bicultural
Submitted by Ann Heinrichs, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, Paul Bechtold Library, Catholic Theological Union

I hadn’t expected it to be a busman’s holiday. I had run off for a week to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in hopes of sorting out some personal issues and properly grieving for my recently departed dad. In short, I just needed to get away from it all — to be still and quiet. But I had heard that San Miguel’s public library had some spectacular murals on its ceilings and walls. Surely, I thought, it wouldn’t upset my serenity to stroll over there and take a peek. I ended up visiting the library three times, spending hours taking photos, and interviewing librarians.

John Crerar: Industrialist, Bachelor Philanthropist, Library Founder

John Crerar
Submitted by Joel Schorn, ATLA Metadata Analyst

Like many of Chicago’s early prominent businesspeople, John Crerar came to that city from the Eastern United States. A partner in a railroad supply company, he arrived as a young man from his native New York in 1862. The following year he and J. McGregor Adams formed Crerar, Adams Co., which manufactured and sold railroad supplies and contractors’ materials. He was an incorporator of the Pullman Palace Car company, serving on its board until his death in 1889, and became a director of banks, railroads, and an insurance company. Active in the influential Commercial Club of Chicago, he served as a director or president of the Chicago Literary Club, the Chicago Historical Society, the YMCA, the American Sunday School Union, the Chicago Orphan Asylum, and the Presbyterian Hospital. He had a lifelong interest in books and learning and was a member and former president of the New York Mercantile Library.

The Last Ten Years of the Tenth Panchen Lama: Restructuring Buddhism in Tibet

Submitted by Antonio Terrone, PhD, ATLA East Asia Metadata Analyst

When one morning in October 1977 the Tenth Panchen Lama of Tibet (1938-1989) Chokyi Gyeltsen was released from the Qincheng Prison in Beijing, he had a mixed reputation among his fellow Tibetans. Some revered him as a spiritual leader at the top of Tibetan religious and political hierarchy, second only to the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (the leader of Tibet until 1959 and already in India for nearly two decades at the time). Chokyi Gyeltsen was also the head of the influential Tashi Lhunpo monastery and the tenth in the prestigious Panchen Lama reincarnation lineage.

The SCOOP: Fair Use Week

Fair Use
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager

The SCOOP, Scholarly COmmunication and Open Publishing, is a monthly column published to inform ATLA members of recent developments, new resources, or interesting stories from the realm of scholarly communication and open access publishing.

History of Fair Use Week

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Fair Use Week. Fair Use Week began in February 2014 at the suggestion of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) “Fair Use Allies” group. Each year, libraries across the United States and Canada plan activities to educate and celebrate the importance of the copyright limitations of fair use and fair dealing. Fair Use Week 2018 occurs February 26 to March 2. During this time, libraries are encouraged to engage members of their communities through any of the following activities:

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