July 17, 2019

Research Article: “Amazon.com vs. EBSCO’s GOBI Library Solutions: Evaluating New and Used Book Vendors While Building a Diverse Collection”

The following article appears in the February 2019 (36:1) issue of Technical Services Quarterly. We’re sharing an open access version of the article. The DOI of the published version is 10.1080/07317131.2018.1532057. Title Amazon.com vs. EBSCO’s GOBI Library Solutions: Evaluating New and Used Book Vendors While Building a Diverse Collection Authors Russell MichalakGoldey-Beacom College Monica RysavyGoldey-Beacom College […]

Registration Now Open For DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis

The two-day event is scheduled for Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A two-day pass costs $75.00. A one-day pass is $50.00 Direct to Registration Webpage From the Digital Public Library of America: DPLAfest brings together the full range of the cultural heritage sector to discuss everything from technology and […]

Russia’s Libraries Celebrate Biblionight

From UPI: The Russian State Library opened its archives to visitors as it stayed open for Biblionight. The library was one of about 700 that participated this year, The Voice of Russia reported. Galleries and bookstores also remained open Friday until sunrise Saturday. Web site Translated Version (via Google Translate) of Biblionight Web Site Here’s […]

TIGAR Project From International Publishers Association “Accelerates Book Accessibility”

From an International Publishers Association (IPA) News Release (PDF): Launched in November 2010, the TIGAR Project continues to accelerate. The aim of the TIGAR project is to increase the number of accessible books available worldwide; specifically, to provide access to copyright-protected works in accessible formats for people with print disabilities across borders. Participants include WIPO, […]

Full Text Book Available Online (Free): “Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine”

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is available FREE (122 pages; PDF) and/or for $31.24 from Amazon. It was published in April. A new article in NLM In Focus provides some highlights along with comments from the editor. “If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful […]

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs

From a NISO Announcement: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to develop recommended practices for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs. Many libraries have embraced DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) to present many more titles to their patrons for potential use and purchase than would ever […]

A New Powerful Review/Collection Development Resource from Media Source: Book Verdict

Congrats to my Media Source colleagues on the launch of the new Book Verdict resource. This new subscription service provides searchable access to more than 30o,000 book and media reviews from more than 20 years of LJ, SLJ, The Horn Book, and Junior Library Guild. New reviews will be added to the database weekly. From […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter” From The Salt Lake Tribune: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely […]

Reference: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Book Bindings Database

From a Letter to Colleagues Shared on Book_Arts-L. Discovered via Twitter. The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and description not only because of decorative tooling but […]