As many of you know, OCLC released a statement last week “saying that its Board of Trustees had decided not to move ahead with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as president and chief executive… The OCLC’s statement said that Jay Jordan, who has served as president since 1998, had agreed to postpone his retirement to continue as president…
The reason for the abrupt turnaround remains shrouded in mystery. Calls to OCLC administrators were all routed to the group’s spokesman, Bob Murphy, who said he could not comment beyond what was in the press release. Mr. Jordan also declined comment, and Mr. Blount did not respond to an interview request…”
(The local Columbus Dispatch also carried this story containing a few more details: “OCLC chief Jordan stays in surprise reversal: Library center mum on why it’s not hiring appointed successor.”)
According to Reuters “a U.S. judge on Friday set a 2013 trial date for a lawsuit from the U.S. government accusing Apple and book publishers of conspiring to fix the prices of electronic books.
Following a hearing in Manhattan federal court, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said a bench trial in the case will begin June 3, 2013, for Apple and two publishers who are fighting the antitrust charges…”
MarketWatch reports that “INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications and Wolper Information Services today announced an agreement to enhance the distribution of INTELECOM’s academic video streaming database, the INTELECOM Online Resources Network(R). Wolper is the first subscription agent authorized to handle INTELECOM’s offerings…”
According to the press release “faculty and students at colleges and universities that subscribe to the INTELECOM Online Resources Network(R) service will have access to a rich selection of videos that they can easily find and embed directly into any CMS, PowerPoint presentations, blogs and more…”
According to Information Today, the “Penguin Group (USA), The New York Public Library, and 3M Library Systems announced a pilot project that will make Penguin eBooks available to patrons of both The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. The pilot program will begin in August 2012 and, if successful, could be rolled out across the U.S.
Under the initial phase of the pilot, ebooks will be made available to libraries for 1 year with renewable terms. Library patrons will be able to access ebooks remotely using public-library compatible reading devices. Titles will be available for lending 6 months after initial publication…”
Tutor.com announced “that Ask A Librarian™ Online Reference Center, a popular virtual reference solution for more than 100 public and academic libraries is being integrated into the Tutor.com Learning Suite. The integration brings … Tutor.com’s proprietary software to the Ask A Librarian product line while keeping the high quality, flexible staffing options that have earned the service a 90% recommend rating from library patrons…”
The Harris Learning Library at Nipissing University and Canadore College has won an award in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition.
The award, in the Academic Libraries over 30,000 square feet category, was announced recently by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association.
The biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. Seven winners and three honorable mentions were chosen out of 117 projects submitted from throughout North America.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.