May 27, 2022

SPARC Interviews Gale Etschmaier, Dean of Florida State University Libraries, and the Negotiations Team on Elsevier/Big Deal Cancellation

From the Introduction to a Q&A Interview From SPARC: Florida State University (FSU) lost access to its Elsevier content in March 2019, following cancellation of its $2 million Big Deal contract. However, Elsevier was not their first Big Deal cancellation. FSU had previously canceled their Springer Big Deal in 2016, and so went into their […]

New York State: Rochester-area Libraries Increase Understanding of Poverty

From The Daily Messenger: The Pioneer Library System is partnering with the Rochester Regional Library Council and the Wayne-Finger Lakes School Library System to offer a poverty simulation training for librarians, government workers, and direct service providers. The Poverty Simulation, facilitated by Coordinated Care Services of Rochester, is an exercise designed to help community leaders […]

Reference: History: Smuggled Diplomatic Diaries From Dawn Of Cold War To Be Made Freely Available Online

From the University of Lincoln (UK): An extraordinary collection of diplomatic diaries smuggled from Moscow to Paris as Communism swept across the East almost 70 years ago will be digitized and made freely available online for the first time. The writings of Fu Bingchang (1895-1965), China’s ambassador to the USSR from 1943-49, offer a remarkable […]

Video: Impactstory Co-Founders Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem Discuss Depsy, New Tool to Track Impact of Software Developed by Academics

Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem co-founders of Impactstory discussed Depsy, a tool launched last November to track the impact of research software during a Right to Research Coalition OpenCon presentation yesterday (April 8, 2016). A recording of the presentation is embedded below. Learn More Blog Post: “Let’s value the software that powers science: Introducing Depsy” […]

President Obama Will Nominate Dr. Carla Hayden as Next Librarian of Congress

An excellent selection. If approved, Hayden will be the: First Female Librarian of Congress First Minority Librarian of Congress Only the Third Librarian of Congress Who is a Librarian Given the political mood here in DC, it will be interesting to watch and see if this nomination is held up and/or becomes a political football. […]

Price on Privacy | Charleston Conference 2015

During this year’s Charleston Conference I had the opportunity to speak about library privacy—and digital privacy in general—on a panel organized by Ann Okerson with co-panelists, Lisa Macklin (Emory University) and Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP). With a short time for my presentation, my goal was to make attendees aware, or MORE aware, of the privacy issues and challenges that we all face, in a library setting but also just about everywhere else.

New Research Article: “Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale”

Published yesterday on PLOS One. Title Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale Authors Adam M. Wilson University at Buffalo Gene E. Likens University of Connecticut Source PLOS One Published: August 14, 2015 10.1371/journal.pone.0134454 Abstract Wikipedia has quickly become one of the most frequently accessed encyclopedic references, despite the ease with which […]

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

First Meeting of the Open Textbook Network Set to Take Place Next Week

From UMass Amherst: Leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities across the country will convene on the Twin Cities campus [August 3-5, 2015] to develop strategies for advancing open textbook programs on their campuses. Participants will also gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic […]

Educational Publishing: Getting Started With EDUPUB, a New Guide From the BISG

Two items in the post below! UPDATE July 31 EDUPUB Draft Profile Available for Public Review (via IDPF) [EDUPUB is a] semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review. The call for review also includes specifications for: Open Annotations in EPUB 1.0 EPUB […]