Today’s News: “Bookish” launched by Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster; EIFL publishes RRO negotiation guide; Nominations sought for annual NETSL Award; a CNI Roundtable Report; iTunes launches Breakout Books; and CRL and Readex agree to improved offer.
According to GalleyCat “Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011. The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below)…”
Browse the guide online or download [PDF].
The NETSL Award recognizes and honors significant New England-based contributions to the field of library technical services. Contributions may have been made in New England by librarians from throughout the United States, or nationally by librarians residing in New England, through publications, service, or innovations in practice. The NETSL Executive Board members select a recipient at their February meeting based on nominations received. The Board reserves the right to suspend the Award for a year if no suitable candidate is nominated.
The next NETSL Award will be presented at the annual NETSL Spring Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on April 12, 2013.
Eligibility for nomination is as follows:
- Nominees may be NETSL/NELA members, but membership in the Association is not a requirement.
- A nomination must be accompanied by a written statement that includes the rationale for nomination and, if a resume of the nominee is not appended, a narrative summary of the nominee’s career and achievements. Provision of a resume is strongly recommended.
- Nominations may be made by NETSL members, or by non-members.
- Nominations and statement(s) must be received by the NETSL Vice-President no later than March 18, 2013.
- Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for consideration.
Nominees shall have made contributions to library technical services in one or more of the following areas:
- Leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level
- Contributions or innovations in technical services
- Significant contributions to professional literature
- Conduct of studies or research in technical services
The Coalition for Networked Information has just posted an Executive Roundtable report from the fall CNI meeting held in December. The topic was Institutional Strategies & Platforms for Scholarly Publishing. Teams representing senior level library and IT organizations from 13 institutions described their experiences, concerns, strategies, and future plans related to this dynamic and evolving landscape. The report summarizes the discussion and includes strategies on library-faculty partnerships, concerns beyond the hosting and editorial processes, e-journal and digital monograph initiatives, and relationships between institutional publishing units and commercial entities.
According to PaidContent’s Laura Hazard Owen Apple “has launched a new section of the iBookstore, “Breakout Books,” a “hand-picked collection of books from emerging talents…independently published to the iBookstore.” New books will be added “as they begin taking off.”
Apple had previously launched Breakout Books sections in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. The section focuses primarily on genre fiction, with sections for romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller…”
CRL and Readex have agreed to an improved offer for several historical news databases (including African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, right). Based on input from CRL libraries, CRL and Readex have reached an agreement to increase the discount level proposed for January through June 2013. In addition, ProQuest is offering CRL member institutions a 25% discount on the list price of American Periodicals from the Center for Research Librariesthrough March 29. See the Offers
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.