Another higher-ed data breach, this time at a university press; Apple settles e-book antitrust case with U.S. states, others; Democrats introduce bill to ban ‘paid prioritization’ on the Net; Reference resources find their place among tightened budgets, open access, and Google, study finds; Revised draft: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education; ProQuest and Boopsie provide libraries with easy access to eLibrary resources; and Springer launches comprehensive open access journal in mathematics.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “Duke University Press alerted users on Tuesday that its website had suffered a “security incident.” In an email blast to people with site accounts, the publisher said that usernames and encrypted passwords had been exposed as a result of the breach but that no financial information had been compromised…”
Reuters reports that “Apple Inc reached an out-of-court settlement with U.S. states and other complainants in an e-book price-fixing class action lawsuit on Monday, effectively avoiding a trial in which the iPad maker faced more than $800 million in claims…”
C|Net reports that “Democratic congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will ensure the Internet stays accessible to all online services and Net users and free of so-called “fast lanes.”
The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will require the Federal Communications Commission to ban “paid prioritization” agreements between broadband service providers and content providers…”
“The State of Reference Collections,” a new SAGE white paper out today, finds that though the definition of reference is changing, this is in part because reference resources now look and feel like other information sources and because other information resources perform the traditional purpose of reference – answering research questions…
“Today, librarians point patrons to reference resources without ever referring to them as ‘reference.’ This includes article, statistical, and video databases. Librarians see utility in any resource that helps patrons find an answer to their research question.”
ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted in 2000 are being significantly revised. The task force charged with the revision released the first and second parts of the initial draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education on February 20 and April 4, 2014. They have just released another revised draft and are seeking “feedback on this new version of the draft Framework.” Responses “will be accepted through 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, via an online form. The task force will also “hold a hearing at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas (Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am – 11:30 am).”
Library Technology Guides reports that “Boopsie, Inc.,… announced a partnership with ProQuest,… and the launch of a new integration available on Boopsie’s library-branded mobile apps. Boopsie has worked closely with the ProQuest eLibrary product team to provide a new, seamless integration between Boopsie’s library-branded apps and ProQuest’s eLibrary resource…”
Library Technology Guides also notes that “Springer has just launched a new open access journal in Mathematics. Research in the Mathematical Sciences journal will be part of the SpringerOpen portfolio and can be read without subscription charges or registration barriers on www.resmathsci.com and on Springer’s platform SpringerLink…”
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.