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v18 #6 Libraries on the Move

LYRASIS has been awarded a grant of $265,000 from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide preservation programming for humanities collections and resources held within its membership region.  Funds will support a two-year project that begins July 2014 and will include education, training, consulting and information resources aimed at raising awareness of […]

v18 #6 Mark Your Calendars

The 17th Fiesole Retreat will be held in Berlin, Germany from May 6-8, 2015.  Local hosts will include Humboldt University Libraries and De Gruyter.  Martha Whittaker of ASM and Anthony Watkinson of CIBER Research will serve as Program Co-Chairs.  Interested sponsors should contact Rebecca Lenzini at <rlenzini@charlestonco.com>.

v18 #6 Hot Topics from SSP’s 36th Annual Meeting

. . . Reported by Martha Whittaker,
ASMscience Platform Product Manager,
American Society of Microbiology

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, held in Boston May 28-30, 2014, had the largest attendance in the Society’s history.  Over 900 conference goers packed the meeting rooms at the Westin Boston Harbor to discuss the theme “Who’s […]

v18 #6 Preview of the 2014 Charleston Conference: The Importance of Being Earnest

. . . with thanks to Leah Hinds,
Assistant Director, Charleston Conference

Make plans now to join us in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, for the 34th annual Charleston Conference, Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.  Our theme for 2014 is “The Importance of Being Earnest.”  Preconferences and the Vendor Showcase will be held on Wednesday, […]

v18 #6 Highlights from the 37th Annual UKSG Conference and Exhibition

April 14-16, 2014, Harrogate, UK

. . . Reported by Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research

UKSG is the progenitor of NASIG but is less a library organisation than one which brings together all the stakeholders.  There were around 1,000 at this year’s conference and perhaps a third were librarians but the large exhibition was central […]

v18 #6 TCR Quotes

“The key to publisher success in the out-of-control pricing during the last 30 years of academic and scholarly journal publishing has been coercion.”  So says Chuck Hamaker in a new thought-provoking article which continues with the statement that “Publishers are now poised to make the implicit coercion in textbook sales explicit.”  The full article is […]

v18 #6 Open Access and Learned Societies: Results of a New Survey

EDP Open, the Open Access publishing arm of EDP Sciences, has issued the following results of a survey of 33 learned societies on attitudes toward Open Access among learned society publishers:

Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy.
Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also […]

v18 #6 Short Takes

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and IOP Publishing have announced that all AAS research journals published with IOP will become electronic only beginning with the 2015 subscription year and will no longer print paper editions.  This announcement affects the Astronomical Journal (AJ) and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), as well as the Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL) […]

v18 #6 Don’t Miss This

Volume 6, no.1 of the Open Access journal, Collaborative Librarianship is now available.  Included in the issue is a guest editorial by Mark Sandler, Director of the Center for Library Initiatives, as well as two peer-reviewed articles on Canadian joint-use academic and public libraries and on library partnerships supporting sustainability curricula.  Also included is a […]