More than $14.6 million in federal grants awarded to U.S. Libraries; OAPEN and OpenEdition to collaborate; NEA study finds reading levels steady, though ‘Literature’ reading dips; Harvard Press defends publishing controversial book; Penguin expands library sales – partners with Axis 360; Goodreads faces backlash over review policy; and Springer to publish journal portfolio of the Association for Behavior Analysis International;
“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,662. The projects were selected from more than 285 applications requesting a total of $37,977,530 and were awarded through three IMLS programs: the Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.Grantees are matching these awards with a total of $10,546,376 in non-federal funds…
“OAPEN and OpenEdition, two European projects dedicated to Open Access publishing in the humanities and social sciences, are pleased to announce their collaboration to strengthen Open Access monograph publishing…”
Publishers Weekly reports that “the newest study by the National Endowment for the Arts on how much American adults participate with the arts found that general book reading in 2012 was even with levels in 2008, but that reading literature (defined as novels, short stories, plays and poetry) had declined. According to the report, How a Nation Engages with Art, 46.9% of adults read at least one work of literature in 2012, down from 50.2% in 2008 and even with 2002…
Inside HigherED reports that “the debate over a new book published by Harvard University Press has led its director to issue a defense of the decision to publish. The book in question is The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler, by Ben Urwand, a fellow at Harvard. The book has been praised by some for revealing the extent to which Hollywood avoided offending the Nazis, but has been harshly criticized by others for oversimplifying the history…”
According to DBW, “Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, today announced that Penguin Group (USA) LLC’s ebooks are available to all public libraries and consortia using the Axis 360 digital media platform.
In Fall 2012, two Axis 360 libraries participated in a test program circulating select Penguin Group ebooks to patrons. As a result of the successful partnering with the Los Angeles Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library, Penguin is now making its full ebook catalog, including DK titles, available to all public libraries using Axis 360.
Citing an article on the Mashable website, Book Business reports that “just in time for Banned Books Week, the Internet’s largest book-review site is hosting a meltdown over a new policy that many of its members feel is a blatant act of censorship. The problem that Goodreads attempted to solve in its recently announced review policy update was one that has plagued the publishing community and book blogosphere for some time: the issue of authors and reviewers behaving badly…”
“Starting in 2014, Springer will collaborate with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to publish The Behavior Analyst, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Behavior Analysis in Practice. The organization’s three journals will be available in print and electronically on SpringerLink (link.springer.com), giving students, practitioners and researchers access to the latest information in behavior analysis…”
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.