January 26, 2015

Gary Price

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

Nature Publishing Group Moves to CC BY 4.0 as Default For Open Access Journals

From NPG: All 18 open access journals owned by Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and two society titles published by NPG, will use the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 as default from today. All future open access journals will also use CC BY 4.0 as default. Carrie Calder, Director of Strategy for Open Research […]

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum In Row Over Self-Censorship After Muhammad Image is Removed From Website

From The Guardian: The Victoria and Albert museum has attempted to conceal its ownership of a devotional image of the prophet Muhammad, citing security concerns, in what is part of a wider pattern of apparent self-censorship by British institutions that scholars fear could undermine public understanding of Islamic art and the diversity of Muslim traditions. […]

Proposal by New Mexico State University Proposal Would Limit Access to Public Records

From the Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico State University plans to propose extensive changes to restrict the reach of the state’s public records law – amendments that transparency advocates call “troubling” and vow to fight. A document prepared by NMSU and obtained by the Journal describes a litany of proposed exemptions to the Inspection of Public Records […]

The British Library Officially Opens New National Newspaper Building (33km of Newspapers, Low Oxygen Storage)

From the BL: The UK national newspaper collection, held by the British Library, is one of the greatest of its kind in the world. Spanning more than three centuries, it comprises local, regional and national newspapers from across the UK as well as many overseas titles. It is an invaluable historical resource for tens of […]

New Report Looks at How Monographs Fit Into the World Of Open Access Research

The following report was published earlier this week. From the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE): The Monographs and Open Access Project considers the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. It concludes open access for monographs […]

South Carolina: Social Media To Be Banned For State Employees in S.C. While Working

From The State: Using social media will be banned, starting in July, when state workers will be subject to a new code of conduct. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/01/23/3945611_code-of-conduct-for-sc-state-workers.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy [Clip] The code of conduct will: Ban the use of social media on state equipment unless it is a part of the employee’s job. “Unless specifically required […]

Iowa: New Report Provides Details on How State Aid Helped Iowa’s Public Libraries Improve Services During 2014


Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa recently published the FY2014 Enrich Iowa Report. We’ve linked to the full text (116 pages; PDF) below. The report reveals how Direct State Aid funding helped local public libraries improve their services in FY14.  In addition, it illustrates that Iowa libraries are leaders in resource sharing. A copy of […]

In New Zealand, “Library Book Cuts Hit Schools Hard”

From the Stuff.co.nz/Sunday Star: Student access  to specialist non-fiction National Library books will be cut from July. Shocked teachers say they weren’t consulted about the move, expected to hit rural and technology-poor schools hardest. Last year, 16,000 teachers made 40,000 requests for almost a million hard-copy items via the National Library’s curriculum topic support service. That […]

Full Text Article: “Stories and Statistics from Library-led Publishing”

The following article was recently published in the journal Learned Publishing. The link we’re sharing is a copy of the full text article that was self-archived and posted online by one of the authors. Title Stories and Statistics from Library-led Publishing Authors Casey Busher bepress Irene Kamotsky bepress Source Selected Works of Casey Busher (via […]

California: “Artist Upset After Long Beach Public Library Removes Doll From Art Display That It Considered Controversial”

From The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Commissioned to create provocative art for a display at the Long Beach Public Library, Lethia Cobb said she was surprised earlier this month when a library official asked her to remove a piece because it was too controversial. Cobb’s display, titled “Dollandia” and located on the first floor at the […]