NY Public Library is abandoning disputed plan for landmark; FCC commissioner calls for delay in net neutrality vote; NoveList expands to include listeners’ advisory; MOOC provider Udemy gets another $32 million in funding; Gates Foundation ending Global Libraries Program over next 3-5 Years; WISPALS Library Consortium selects Sierra Library Services Platform; and SAGE to begin publishing ASN Neuro, an open access journal.
The New York Times reports that “in a striking about-face, the New York Public Library has abandoned its much-disputed renovation plan to turn part of its research flagship on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street into a circulating library and instead will refurbish the nearby Mid-Manhattan Library, several library trustees said…
The renovation of the flagship, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, would have replaced the book stacks under the building’s main reading room with the new lending library. The project was to be paid for with $150 million from New York City and proceeds from the sale of the Mid-Manhattan Library, at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street, and the Science, Industry and Business Library in the former B. Altman building, on Madison Avenue at 34th Street…
According to PC World “Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel joined the dissenting voices of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s fellow Democrats when she called Wednesday for a delay in the scheduled vote to release Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal and seek formal public comment.
With a robust debate over the proposal already under way, the FCC should delay the vote for at least a month, Rosenworcel said Wednesday during a speech before the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. Rosenworcel said she has “real concerns” about Wheeler’s proposal, which would allow broadband providers to engage in commercially reasonable traffic management and, in some cases, allow providers to charge Web services for priority traffic arrangements…”
- NoveList® Expands to Include Listeners’ Advisory by Adding Audiobook Recommendations to NoveList Plus
According to PRWeb “NoveList® has expanded its readers’ advisory resources by including new tools for listeners’ advisory. NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services, will now offer audiobook recommendations through NoveList Plus®, and has also enhanced the user interfaces of all of its products…”
Udemy offers some free courses, while it charges for others. It claims more than 3 million students up 50 percent from January; while Coursera had hit 5 million as of October 2013. Competitor Udacity had more 1.6 million students by that time; and edX, a non-profit organization, claimed more than 1.3 million…”
Citing a Gates Foundation Blog Post, InfoDOCKET also reports that “the foundation has decided to conclude our work in Global Libraries over the next three to five years. This transition will happen slowly with no programmatic changes to our budgets this year or next year, and we are planning a smooth transition for our staff, grantees and the field. While libraries will continue to change and evolve, we’re confident the legacy of our 20-year, $1 billion investment will help ensure the global libraries field continues to provide opportunities for access for library users around the world…
Library Technology Guides reports that “WISPALS Library Consortium, a group of academic libraries in Wisconsin serving over 50,000 students, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The membership includes 11 colleges representing 29 libraries and provides over half a million items to their campuses…”
“SAGE today announces that it has acquired the open access journal ASN Neuro, the official publication of the American Society of Neurochemistry (ASN).
Established in 2009, ASN Neuro provides glial and neuro scholars with high-quality research articles and reviews that cover recent advances across the breadth of the cellular and molecular neurosciences. In the top third of all neuroscience journals ranked with ISI, ASN Neuro contributes to the latest body of scholarship in its industry through a rapid yet thorough peer review process and immediate publication.”
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.