Inside Higher Education: A Race Against Time to Preserve University Media Collections

Inside Higher Education: A Race Against Time to Preserve University Media Collections. “In the basements and back rooms of universities across the country, boxes and boxes of video and audio tapes, discs and film reels sit rotting, their content slowly being permanently lost instead of saved for posterity. For institutions tasked not only with creating knowledge, but also preserving it, this is a big problem. Digitizing and preserving this so-called time-based media requires specialized equipment, skilled engineers and a lot of cash — resources that many institutions simply don’t have to spare.”

The Scientist: North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages

The Scientist: North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages. “Tomorrow (June 12), Florida State University will head into negotiations with the publisher Elsevier to see how it can resolve a pricing issue. Back in April, FSU announced that it would not renew a so-called ‘big deal’ with Elsevier in 2019, due to its ‘high and ever-increasing cost,’ and would instead subscribe to a subset of the most-needed journals. The university’s move represents the latest example of academic libraries walking away from these comprehensive and expensive subscriptions, which include all or most of a publisher’s catalog, and instead signing up for a la carte titles.”

CNET: Google wants to make searching for college less of a headache

CNET: Google wants to make searching for college less of a headache. “Google rolled out a new feature Tuesday designed to make it easier for prospective students to search for that perfect college. The feature pulls together college information scattered online into one place. When you search for a four-year US college, it’ll highlight information about the college’s admission rate, cost, graduation rate, average cost after student aid is applied, and other data that could help you make a choice.”

Internet Archive: Internet Archive awarded grant from Arcadia Fund to digitize university press collections

Internet Archive: Internet Archive awarded grant from Arcadia Fund to digitize university press collections . “Internet Archive has received a $1 million dollar grant from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – to digitize titles from university press collections to make them available via controlled digital lending. The project, Unlocking University Press Books, will bring more than 15,000 titles online from university presses. This project extends the successful pilot with MIT Press, which has already made more than 400 books available for digital learners around the world.”

Quartz: Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

Quartz: Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now. “The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national university rankings. These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.”

The Daily Jeff: Ohio State employee salaries available in searchable online database

The Daily Jeff: Ohio State employee salaries available in searchable online database. “Ohio State University salaries are now searchable in an online database, the school announced Thursday. All non-student employee salary information is available on Ohio State’s human resources website, ‘breaking new ground for transparency among public universities in Ohio,’ the university’s announcement said.”

New Digital Collection: Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalogs (Georgia State University)

Georgia State University: New Digital Collection: Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalogs. “Undergraduate course catalogs from Georgia State University’s past and present are now available online through the library’s digital collections. The digital collection contains 101 catalogs dating from the 1920s through 2017 and documenting course offerings at GSU in all of the university’s incarnations”