ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
The Self-Publishing Phenomenon
Guest Editor, Bob Holley
The Self-Publishing Phenomenon – p. 1
by Bob Holley — This special issue has authors, publishers, vendors, and librarians recount their experiences with fiction and non-fiction self-publishing.
Self-Publish or Traditional? My Experience with Books for Librarians – p.16
by Walt Crawford — Walt says if you’re good at marketing and publicity, self-publishing may be for you.
Self-Publish or Perish! – p. 18
by John D. Riley — John shares his experiences as a self-published author of five books and offers some advice.
From Walled Garden to Wilderness: Publishing in the Digital Age – p. 22
by Donald Beagle — Don’s move to self-publishing was driven by new opportunities not old frustrations.
Conflicts of Interest: Collecting Fiction as a Self-Published Librarian – p. 26
by Julia Glassman — Julia talks about self-publishing through your own press.
Comments on Self-Publishing from a Small-Press Publisher – p. 28
by Rory Litwin — As a librarian and publisher, Rory feels that publishers will continue to perform functions that contribute to society.
Self-Publishing: Breaking Down Barriers? – p. 32
by Bob Nardini and Janice Schnell — Author services and library vendors need to work together to develop a parallel set of connections to identify useful self-published work.
Small Press and Self-Published Books: A Collection Development Dilemma – p. 33
by Matt Pacer — Matt feels that libraries will be left behind if we don’t find a way to discover and collect these materials.
Self-Publishing: A Bibliographic Essay – p. 35
by Joseph D. Grobelny — Joseph points out that libraries will most likely successfully adapt to the changed publishing environment.
Op Ed — 590: Local Notes – p. 38
Bad Metaphors and Good: Why Weeding the Collection isn’t Really Weeding at All by Steve McKinzie — Steve says the discarding of older, less relevant materials is actually “thinning” and perhaps “weeding” is the wrong metaphor for this practice.
Back Talk – p. 86
To China or not to China: International Branch Campus (IBC) Libraries by Tony Ferguson — Tony has been doing exploratory research on why universities would want to establish a branch campus in another country.
Eric M. Calaluca – p. 46
Chairman and CEO, Paratext
Dr. Richard Haight – p. 49
IBM, Watson Research Center
Brooke Billman – p. 40
Eric M. Calaluca – p. 48
From the Reference Desk – p. 39
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — Tom reviews Black Recording Artists, 1877-1926: An Annotated Discography, the Encyclopedia of the Mind, and more!
Book Reviews – p. 42
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — This month, read about a pair of books by ALA Editions that explore grant funding for libraries.
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Cases of Note — Copyright – p. 50
To Exploit or Not to Exploit; That is the Question by Bruce Strauch— Righthaven vs. Hoehn.
Questions and Answers – p. 50
Copyright Column by Laura Gasaway — Does the first sale doctrine apply to digital works? Lolly tells us!
From A University Press – p. 52
Publishers and Consortia by Leila W.Salisbury — Leila points out that in this ever-evolving environment, it’s all about money and sustainability.
From the University Presses – p. 53
University Presses and STM Publishing by Alex Holzman — University presses don’t want to abandon old friends but they also want to go where the money is.
Media-Centered – p. 54
Documentary Film by Winfred Fordham Metz — Interest in media resources to support academic instruction and research continues to expand at a rapid pace.
And They Were There – p. 56
Reports of Meetings — The third installment of reports from the 32nd Annual Charleston Conference can be found here.
The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 2
Confessions of a First-Time Self-Published Novelist (and A Word to Monograph Authors) by Myer Kutz — It’s always interesting to hear that publishers don’t have an “in” on getting published, especially with fiction!
Biz of Acq – p. 64
Gathering Data: How Two USMAI Libraries are Using eBook Statistics by Randall Lowe, Lynda Aldana, and Michelle Flinchbaugh — Can eBooks assist librarians in meeting the information-seeking needs of users regardless of where they are?
Don’s Conference Notes – p. 68
by Donald T. Hawkins — In this issue Don reports on In Search of Answers: Unlocking New Value From Content: The 55th NFAIS Annual Conference and Information Discovery and the Future Role of Abstracting and Indexing Services: An NFAIS Workshop.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Bet You Missed It – p. 12
by Bruce Strauch — What do gold and musicians have in common? Read about it here!
I Hear the Train A Comin’ – p. 74
An Interview with the SIPX Team by Greg Tananbaum — The current MOOC landscape.
Little Red Herrings – p. 75
Now, Don’t Go Chasing Rabbits by Mark Y. Herring — Mark urges us to learn from studies like the Ithaka U.S. Faculty Survey to avoid a Waterloo of our own making.
Oregon Trails – p. 76
Collecting What You Read and Why by Thomas W. Leonhardt — The Reed College Book Collecting Contest and other things.
Booklover – p. 77
Boston Strong by Donna Jacobs — While supporting friends in a marathon, Donna was intrigued by code breakers.
Collecting to the Core – p. 78
Critical Cartography by Marcy Bidney — Books we need to keep in our collections.
Issues in Vendor/Library Relations – p. 79
Indianapolis by Bob Nardini — Bob talks about Conference encounters of an ACRL kind.
A Nest of Singing Birds – p. 81
by Rita Ricketts — This among other things is about John Buchan pre thirty-nine steps and some of the publishing side of the Blackwell business.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation – p. 8
“What’s in a Name?” by Michael P. Pelikan — Michael says there are enough “names” to go around.
@Brunning: People & Technology – p. 84
At the Only Edge that Means Anything/How We Understand What We Do by Dennis Brunning — Dennis explores the Mendeley sale, DPLA, and saving the world.
Charleston Conference 2013 – p. 8
Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition — Call for Papers, Ideas, Preconferences, Speakers, etc.
ATG Crossword Puzzle – p. 14
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© Katina Strauch
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.