We are all abuzz with the news of Swets bankruptcy which is reminiscent of the RoweCom/Faxon unpleasantness in earlier years. Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and many others have cautioned customers and the news is everywhere. Here are just a few links that we assembled in our ATG NewsChannel post Caught My Eye: More on Swets
Was excited to see that internationally renowned chemist Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD, has been named founding editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society’s first fully open access journal, ACS Central Science which is set to launch in early 2015. Currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at the University of California at Berkeley, Bertozzi is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and respected chemists of her generation. “My goal is to make ACS Central Science a highly selective journal and the primary venue for reporting the most important advances in chemistry and in allied fields where chemical approaches play a major role,” Bertozzi said. “Now is the time for innovative publishing strategies that focus and elevate the visibility of chemistry as ‘the central science.’” The term ‘central science,’ coined some 40 years ago, is commonly used to describe the focal role of chemistry in bridging the physical and life sciences, as well as the basic sciences, with applied disciplines like medicine and engineering.
The Charleston Conference is right around the corner! Have you registered yet? Meanwhile we are already receiving queries about the next Fiesole Retreat which will be in Berlin in May 2015. The latest from Isabelle Eula, Chief Librarian, Head of Library and Learning Commons, Monash University, Malaysia. To learn more about the Retreats visit http://www.casalini.it/retreat/
Just learned that the delightful Narda and her entrepreneurial husband Peter Tafuri – frequent attendees of the Charleston Conference — stopped by John Riley’s bookshop over the weekend. Narda had come to Northampton for the funeral of her “mentor,” Lee Hawkins, a teacher and Camp Fire Girls leader. Narda found a reprint of the Camp Fire Girls 1912 Manual at Gabriel Books, John’s famous bookstore! Narda was thrilled to think that this might have been the one Lee Hawkins had used as a child.
Here is a photo of Narda and Peter in Gabriel’s Books!
And a boost or is it a boast for bookstores! According to this article in The Bookseller (28 September) the 16-24 generation is still firmly in favor of print books! “Exclusive research conducted by Voxburner for The Bookseller showed that while nearly three-quarters of young people said they prefer the print form, only 27% prefer eBooks and 31% said they don’t buy e-books at all.”
Speaking of another frequent attendee in Charleston, y’all have to visit Mike Markwith’s Facebook page to see his grandson Tom smiling up at us with a Dodgers t-shirt! Says Mike : my grandson has his priorities straight! Dodgers rule, Giants drool. Tom is now 11.
And to finish Rumors for this week — Charleston is well known for its hospitality, and the Annual Gala Reception Thursday night is a true Charleston affair! The reception this year (generously sponsored by Gale) will be held at the South Carolina Aquarium. Delicious lowcountry specialties as well as mofamiliar reception fare, will be served. And – ta da — in 2014, the reception will feature an Open Mike event. Each performance will be 15-20 minutes and you will need to register in order to perform. This will not be a Karaoke event but you can bring a CD to sing along with. To register just contact one of the following folks:
- • • Jack Montgomery at email@example.com
- • • Scott Plutchak at firstname.lastname@example.org
- • • Leah Hinds at email@example.com
Thursday November 6, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm
This is gonna be fun!
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.