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UKSG (United Kingdom Serials Group) has added six new chapters as well as two updated ones to The E-Resources Management Handbook, its Open-Access guide to the practical aspects of working with e-resources.  The Handbook comprises 27 chapters on topics such as licensing, archiving, marketing, and ERM systems.  The new chapters include: “Peer review”; “A beginner’s […]

Must Reads

Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines, Diane Harley et al., January 2010, http://escholarship.org/uc/cshe_fsc.

“10 sages read the future of print,” CNNMoney.com, February 10, 2010, http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/fortune/1002/gallery.future_reading.fortune/index.html.

HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey

In the fall of 2009, HighWire Press invited librarians to participate in a survey on attitudes and practices related to e-books. One hundred thirty-eight librarians from 13 countries responded to the survey.  Sixty-two percent of participants work in graduate/professional or undergraduate academic institutions, and participants represent a variety of roles in libraries, including reference, instruction, […]

TCR Quotes

“Can OA be successful?  Yep.  Is it successful today?  Somewhat.  Is it supplanting established publications?  For the most part, no.  It’s one thing to set up a competent system for publishing something, another to create the aura of an established brand and all that goes with it.”  Joe Esposito, post to liblicense-l listserv, March 1, […]

Mark Your Calendars

SSP 32nd Annual Meeting: A Golden Opportunity: A Shared Vision for Publishers, Librarians and Users, June 2-4, 2010, San Francisco, CA, https://www.sspnet.org/Events/Meetings_and_Seminars/2010_Annual_Meeting_Information/spage.aspx.

NASIG 25th Annual Conference: An Oasis in Shifting Sands, June 3-6, Palm Springs, CA, http://www.nasig.org/conference_registration.cfm.

101st SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, June 13-16, New Orleans, LA, http://s36.a2zinc.net/clients/sla/sla2010/public/enter.aspx.

AAUP (Association of American […]

EBook Bits and Bytes

DynamicBooks, a new subsidiary of Macmillan, unveiled a new digital publishing platform that allows instructors to freely customize and modify textbooks.  Once instructors “publish” their custom book, students can choose to purchase either a fully featured digital text or a printed version of the new book.  The digital textbook package includes online access; a downloadable […]

Highlights from the 12th Fiesole Collection Development Retreat

The 12th Fiesole Collection Development Retreat was held April 8-10, 2010 at the Central Library of K.U. Leuven in Leuven, Belgium.  K.U.Leuven is the oldest university in Belgium, founded in 1425; its Central Library has a dramatic history — destroyed in WWI, it was rebuilt in part with support from libraries across the U.S. and […]

Did You Know?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will seek to bring Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second by 2020 to community institutions such as schools and government buildings.  Reuters, March 4, 2010, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6233NJ20100304.

OCLC and Gale have signed an agreement to index Gale’s flagship full-text periodical databases in WorldCat Local to provide single-search access to users […]

By The Numbers

174 million…Total number of book records found in bibliographic records in the world.  Electronic Frontier Foundation, February 19, 2010, https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/02/google-book-search-settlement-updating-numbers.

<2%…The percentage of all books sold in 2009 that were e-books, according to Bowker.  NYTimes.com, February 27, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/business/economy/28count.html?ref=todayspa.

10…The number of digits of information needed to label uniquely each human being on the planet.  BBC, […]

Check These Out

Ranking Web of World Universities: 2010 edition, http://www.Webometrics.info/.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has created UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki to help invent the future of museums and libraries. IMLS’s first-ever wiki is a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, […]