Budget cuts to close Pomona Public library; digital literacy grants from IMLS; new open access publisher PeerJ opens for business; Google settles with French publisher and author groups; new management solutions from Serials Solutions and the first iteration of Intota ready for testing and a joint statement from DataCite and STM.
In the southern California city of Pomona, “employees were notified the library is likely to shut down this summer for at least a year and that they will all lose their jobs. The city was facing an already austere budget when news came “that a court decision involving the Board of Equalization would deprive Pomona of $1.1 million in sales-tax revenue.” According to Library Director Bruce Guter, “closing the Library for at least the next fiscal year, after nearly 125 years of operation including 110 years as a free public library, seems unavoidable.
“Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a $250,000 award to WebJunction to work with state libraries in Illinois, Mississippi, and West Virginia; federal policy makers; and the national nonprofit Connect2Compete to help national digital literacy efforts effectively work with libraries to plan for and deliver digital literacy training. The grant will identify model approaches for partnerships with libraries to meet public demand for training…”
From the press release as posted by STM Publishing News: “PeerJ Inc. (http://peerj.com), a new Open Access academic publishing company, formally announced itself today. Founded by seasoned academic publishing and technology professionals from PLoS ONE and Mendeley, PeerJ will publish a broad based, rapid, peer-reviewed journal (‘PeerJ’) and an innovative preprint server (‘PeerJ PrePrints’). PeerJ will open for submissions in Summer 2012, and will publish its first articles in December 2012.“PeerJ significantly moves the needle towards universal Open Access publishing for all academics,” stated Peter Binfield, Co-Founder and Publisher of PeerJ. “We provide authors with publication at an affordable price, starting at just $99 for life; an inclusive venue in which to publish their peer reviewed research; and an innovative and dynamic approach towards academic publishing in the internet era…”
For those interested in more information check out these PeerJ FAQs
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “after nearly six years of legal back-and-forth, Google has reached a settlement with a group of French publishers and authors who opposed the company’s book-scanning project…
Google’s new agreement with both the publishers Syndicat National de l’Édition and the authors Société des Gens de Lettres, “could allow the company to work out deals with publishing houses to scan and sell out-of-print books, according to The Bookseller, a Web site of daily news about the book business…”
Serials Solutions… announced multiple new features and enhancements to its management solutions are now available. The new capabilities with 360 Resource Manager and 360 Counter focus on the ability to populate data into the resource management system more easily; improved workflows and communications; and reporting enhancements to help optimize decision making. Implementation of these services will generate immediate benefits – and accelerate the migration to a new web-scale management solution, including Intota™, which is currently in development.
Serials Solutions has also announced … the first functionality of Intota™, a new web-scale management solution, is available to its library development partners. Less than a year after announcing development of the … service, the six development partners reflecting a broad spectrum of academic libraries, now have access to the first iteration of Intota in a test environment…
A demonstration of Intota will be part of an educational session at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, CA. To register for this event, “The Road to Intota: The Journey of Web-scale Development,” click here…”
Joint Statement from DataCite and the International Association of STM Publishers on the Linkability and Citability of Research Data. DataCite and the International Association of STM Publishers are pleased to announce best practice recommendations the two organizations are endorsing to make research data easier to find, link to, re-use and cite.
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.