In the News: a revised statement on librarian faculty status from AAUP; a free app brings Thieme E-Book Library to the iPad; Vermont library lays off whole staff; a UNC and BioMed Central partnership; Cambridge Journals to publish the ASTIN Bulletin; Experimental & Molecular Medicine re-launches on nature.com; and EBSCO Publishing acquires PEMSoft.
InfoDOCKET reports a revised statement from the AAUP on faculty statues for librarians. It updates the 1973 joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians. “The statement—originally formulated by the AAUP, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities)—calls for the granting of faculty status to librarians involved in teaching and research. The new version of the statement adds language about the teaching and information-access roles of librarians and the role of librarians in university governance and outreach, and it reaffirms their need for academic freedom and tenure. Also added to the statement is a recommendation for salary adjustments for fiscal-year appointments…”
“The collection of Thieme’s … E-Book Library is now available to institutional customers for the iPad. With the free iPublishCentral reader app, end-users within an institutional license can download all titles in the Thieme E-Book Library to their iPads and read them anywhere they want, even without an internet connection. The iPublishCentral reader app, available free of charge in the iTunes store, now allows students, faculty, and researchers to download Thieme E-Book Library titles to their iPad for off-campus reading…”
Library Journal reports that “on December 3rd, 2012, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Board of Trustees announced it would lay off its entire library, docent, and information technology staff, then “ask them to consider applying for the newly formed Athenaeum positions,” Bill Marshall, chair of the Athenaeum Board of Trustees, said in a letter.
The first goal of the radical restructuring is to reduce costs: the library is eating into its endowment. It could be depleted in as little as seven years if spending continues at the current rate, which the Athenaeum’s Executive Director, Matthew Powers, said was between 10 and 20 percent per year, rather than the recommended 4.5 percent. The plan will cut personnel spending by eight percent, or about $40,000.
InfoDOCKET also reports from a UNC Library News Post that “nearly 800 journal articles by UNC researchers now enjoy greater visibility thanks to a collaboration between UNC’s library and open access biology and medicine publisher BioMed Central.
Every time BioMed Central publishes an article by a UNC affiliate, the article loads automatically to the Library’s Carolina Digital Repository (CDR). The CDR compiles, safeguards, and provides access to the research of UNC faculty and students…”
Cambridge University Press has announced “that it will publish the ASTIN Bulletin from 2013, on behalf of the International Actuarial Association (IAA).
ASTIN Bulletin – The Journal of the IAA was founded in 1958 as a journal providing an outlet for actuarial studies in non-life insurance. In the late 1980’s the journal extended its scope to encompass the study of financial risk in insurance (AFIR). In 2007, the journal was established as the journal of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) and encompasses all of the scientific sections of the IAA…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has announced that Experimental & Molecular Medicine (EMM) has re-launched on nature.com as a fully open access title. Co-published by NPG and the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (KSBMB), EMM is devoted to publishing the latest and most important advances in genetic, molecular and cellular studies of human physiology and diseases.
“EBSCO Publishing has expanded its evidence-based healthcare content with the acquisition of PEMSoft, a premiere pediatric point-of-care clinical information resource.
PEMSoft is an online clinical library and multimedia decision support system that addresses acute and chronic illness and injury conditions in children from newborn to young adult…”
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.