Hachette book sales drop – digital up ; ebooks at the Delhi Book Fair; San Juan city commissioners cancel LSSI contract; UofK library celebrates WPA Center of Excellence; Thomson Reuters teams with American and Canadian universities; Wiley joins OASPA ; Ex Libris Primo is chosen by Wyoming Community Colleges; Serials Solutions strikes deal with CALIS; and Tilburg University goes live with WorldCat Local.
According to GalleyCat “the Hachette Book Group reported that its sales dropped four percent during the first half of 2012 in a financial earnings statement released August 30th. Meanwhile, Hachette’s digital sales increased 20 percent in the first half of 2012, as compared with the first half of 2011. The company reported that digital represents 27 percent of HBG’s net sales, which is up from 22 percent of net sales last year…”
“The 18th Delhi Book Fair began here Saturday with e-books and e-publishing the focus of the nine-day event that will see more than 200 publishers, including from abroad, participating. The Sep 1-9 event at Pragati Maidan was inaugurated by Delhi Lt Gov Tejendra Khanna. Most of the publishers among the 235 participating in the fair are from India. Publishers from abroad include those from the US, Pakistan, Russia and China…”
According to a report from the Monitor a newspaper in San Juan city commissioners “voted to terminate the contract of … library managers Library Systems & Services.
Maryland-based LSSI has run San Juan’s library since 2007, including its move from a 2,500-square-foot trailer to a 16,000-square-foot building that opened last year at 1010 S. Standard Ave.
The company proposed continuing to operate the library for the current $281,686 annual tab, plus a 3 percent employee cost-of-living increase. Expanded services the city had requested, including additional teen programming, Sunday hours, more books and a seventh employee, would cumulatively add $120,000. Commissioners declared that cost for the added services unacceptable and nixed the company…”
“In celebration of their work as a Center of Excellence, University of Kentucky Libraries will present a talk and panel discussion on the Works Progress Administration (WPA) featuring U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero. “Putting America Back to Work during the Great Depression: Preserving and Improving Access to the Works Progress Administration Records for the Future,” will be presented Sept. 5, in the William T. Young Library…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters… has joined forces with several North American universities to demonstrate the efficiency and impact of their research… indicators from Thomson Reuters InCites, a customised, web-based research evaluation tool, will allow them to measure their research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark their performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels…”
KnowledgeSpeak also cites this Wiley press release regarding ” its new membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).” According to the release “OASPA represents the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines and enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.
“We are pleased to become members of OASPA,” said Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director, Open Access, Wiley. “We support the OASPA’s goals of sharing knowledge and best practice, and developing sustainable OA publishing models…”
According to Library Technology Guides, “Ex Libris announced the selection of the Primo discovery and delivery solution, bX Recommender, and SFX link resolver by Wyoming Community Colleges. Wyoming joins other states including Virginia, Florida, Hawaii, and Wisconsin where community colleges have adopted Primo statewide…”
Library Technology Guides also notes that Serials Solutions’ “Summon service has further expanded its discovery of Chinese content with the addition of academic content from CALIS, the China Academic Library and Information System. The new agreement allows the Summon Service to include abstracting and indexing metadata of 560,000 dissertations and theses. These represent the output from Chinese universities, which have had one of the world’s largest growth rates in Ph.D…” production over the last two decades.
According to an OCLC press release “Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, has gone live with WorldCat Local, OCLC’s cloud-based discovery and delivery service that allows users to search their library’s collection along with the collections of thousands of other libraries worldwide…”
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.