January 15, 2019

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.

The Only Known Surviving Muslim American Slave Autobiography is Now Available Online From Library of Congress


From LC: The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in West Africa and brought to the United States […]

News Roundup (January 15, 2019)

1. Center For Research Libraries (CRL) to Purchase Five New Collections Items approved for purchase include: Al-Ahram, the second oldest newspaper title in Egypt; the transcripts of BBC world broadcasts from 1947-1997 from various world areas; the archives of the Political and Secret Department of Britain’s India Office concerning the emerging Saudi Arabia Kingdom from […]

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Releases 2016-2017 Statistics (Three Volumes)


Note: The resources linked below are fee-based. A few top-level findings are available and included below. From an ARL Announcement by Shaneka Morris: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the: ARL Statistics 2016–2017 ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2016–2017 ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2016–2017 These three publications present information describing the […]

Sloan Foundation Awards DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) a $1.5 Million, Three-Year Grant


From a DPLA Announcement (Full Text): The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA a $1.5 million grant. The grant will enable DPLA to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for patrons through their libraries, building on its cultural heritage […]

Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act Signed Into Law


From SPARC: Tonight [Jan. 14, 2019], President Trump signed into law the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act. The bill requires federal agencies to publish government data in machine-readable and open formats, and to use open licenses. SPARC, which has worked for more than a decade to broaden public access to research, […]

Canada: Print Book Sales Remain Flat Between 2017 and 2018


From BookNet Canada: Print book sales in the Canadian English-language trade market remained flat in 2018 when compared to the year previous, according to sales reported to BNC SalesData by a subset of comparable retailers used for year-over-year analysis. There was also little change in the breakdown between Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Juvenile sales. In 2018, […]

Association of American Publishers (AAP) Reports “Double Digit Growth for Trade Publishers in November 2018″


From AAP: Publishers saw double-digit growth in all categories of trade books -Adult Books (+19.6%), Children’s/Young Adult (+17.3%) and Religious Presses (+14.1%) in November 2018 compared to November 2017. Revenue for trade books (sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc.) totaled $7.29 billion for the year-to-date (Jan. – Nov. 2018), up by […]

Wiley and Projekt DEAL Announce Partnership to Enhance the Future of Scholarly Research and Publishing in Germany

From a Joint Announcement: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced today a countrywide partnership agreement with Projekt DEAL, a representative of nearly 700 academic institutions in Germany. Under an annual fee, this transformative three-year agreement provides all Projekt DEAL institutions with access to read Wiley’s academic journals back to the year 1997, and researchers at […]

Cambridge University Press Officially Launches “Elements”, a “New Model for Scholarly Publishing”


From CUP: Cambridge University Press has launched a new publishing model to provide an outlet for world-class research and writing that sits outside the traditional formats of book or journal article. Work of between 50-120 pages will be published digitally and through print-on-demand as ‘Cambridge Elements’ – concise, peer-reviewed guides to key and current topics across […]

Rare Books & Manuscripts: A New Vision For Harvard’s Houghton Library, Major Renovation to Begin in September


From The Harvard Gazette: An upcoming renovation to Houghton Library will modernize its research and teaching facilities, expand its exhibition galleries, improve physical access to its spaces and holdings, and create a more welcoming, inviting, and accessible environment. The renovation represents a key component of a larger vision for the rare books library, which celebrated […]