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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,

“10 sages read the future of print,”, February 10, 2010,

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,

NASIG 25th Annual Conference: An Oasis in Shifting Sands, June 3-6, Palm Springs, CA,

101st SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, June 13-16, New Orleans, LA,

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,

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,

<2%…The percentage of all books sold in 2009 that were e-books, according to Bowker., February 27, 2010,

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,

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, […]