October 30, 2014

Michigan: Traverse Area District Library is Publishing a Digital Local History Magazine

Another addition for you library as publisher file. From the Grand Traverse Insider and TADL Web Site A new digital local history magazine, the Grand Traverse Journal, has emerged from a collaborative venture spurred by local history buffs and their access to self-publishing tools provided by the Traverse Area District Library (TADL). “The goal of […]

Brown University: Union Pushes For Increased Benefits For Library Workers

From The Brown Daily Herald: Unionized workers are seeking to gain more opportunities for professional development, lower health insurance contributions, higher wage increases and union growth, multiple sources said. The contract under which library workers are employed officially expired Sept. 30, and “has been extended so that negotiators from both sides can continue to work […]

Association of Research Libraries Publishes Three 2012-2013 Statistical Reports

ARL has published announcements that three new statistical reports are available (fee-based). Below find links to the publication announcements and ordering info along with a few highlights from each publication. 1. ARL Statistics 2012–2013 ARL has released the ARL Statistics 2012–2013, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, […]

Brewster Kahle Discusses The Internet Archive’s “New Direction”

From a Blog Post by Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle titled, “Building Libraries Together: New Tools for a New Direction”: Let’s work together to save all human knowledge.  Today the Internet Archive is announcing a new beta site and new tools to encourage everyone to lend a hand. We were founded in 1996 as an […]

Library Publishing Coalition Publishes 2015 Library Publishing Directory

From the LPC: The Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce publication of the 2015 Library Publishing Directory, which highlights the publishing activities of 124 college and university libraries. [Clip] In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a […]

Academic Libraries: “Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service”

A new 5000+ word article plus several multimedia embeds published by EDUCUASE Review. Title Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service Author Patrick Colegrove University of Nevada, Reno Source EDUCAUSE Review October 27, 2014 Key Takeaways Findings from a University of Nevada, Reno, project indicate that higher education’s need for 3D printing services […]

Industry News Roundup (Items from NISO, PeerJ, DeGruyter, EBSCO, and Others)

1. NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee 2. PeerJ to Be Indexed by Web of Science Note:  PeerJ will also be indexed by Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews. 3. Report: Gold OA journals market ‘set to double by 2018′ (via The Bookseller) 4. De Gruyter Partners to Increase Discoverability Articles Across ReadCube’s Web, […]

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

On September 28, 2014 we began posting about the bankruptcy of Swets. Now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to sbe paid. Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the […]

University Of Calgary Students, Officials Join Forces To Advocate For Free Textbooks, Publications

From Metro: Tom Hickerson, the U of C’s vice-provost of library and cultural resources, said his institution already offers up nearly 60 titles for free and deflected any talk of push back from academics, who could stand to net royalties from their published works. “What they really want is to have an impact with their […]

New Article: Lippincott, Vendantha, and Duckett on “Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change”

The following article (approx. 5600 words) was published online earlier today. Seven videos are embedded in the text. Co-Author Joan Lippincott writes on the CNI Web Site: In the article we make the case for libraries working together with faculty and students to develop new types of assignments that engage students with technologies and content […]