RUMORS from the ATG NewsChannel 10/13/14

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katinaBy Katina Strauch

I can’t help myself! Abbeville, SC where my father was born and where my grandfather had a famous café has becomes a Connect South Carolina Certified Connected Communityl As the State Broadband Initiative grantee, Connect South Carolina is leading the effort to increase high-speed Internet access, adoption and use to ensure South Carolina’s competitiveness in the connected global economy of the twenty-first century. Last time I was in Abbeville, horrors! I had to use a pay phone because my cell phone had no service! (I have to admit it was almost charming.) Abbeville is 86 miles west of Columbia and 45 miles south of Greenville. Its population was 5,237 at the 2010 census. Settled by French Huguenot settlers, it was named, along with the county, for the French town of the same name. There is much history in Abbeville if you are ever near there. Due West where Erskine is located is just down the road. My granddad’s restaurant is long gone but it is still fun to visit and see how very little has changed in this small town except I’ll bet I can now use my cell phone.

We are still receiving registrations for the Charleston Conference in November! This year we will even have a sign language interpreter present to help some of our attendees to know what is being said. Let’s welcome Elizabeth Henry from Gallaudet University to our group!

Did you hear about the Open Mike session that is happening in Charleston on Thursday Night, November 6thduring the Conference reception? I am constantly amazed at all the musical talent that so many librarians, vendors, and publishers have. If you are one of them, contact Jack Montgomery, Scott Plutchak, or Leah Hinds. It’s going to be a lot of fun and wait til you hear Jack’s special Conference Song to welcome us to Charleston!

Usus (Latin for usage) is a new, independent, community-run website for all those interested in the usage of online content.  It is designed to support a productive conversation among librarians, publishers, aggregators, and repository managers so that we can all get the best possible usage reports for our electronic resources.

The Usus website provides:

  • A source of  hints and tips on solving known problems
  • A list of vendors with problems that are affecting the credibility and/or usefulness of the COUNTER reports
  • A collection point for suggestions for new COUNTER usage reports and metrics

Supervisory Board

The Usus Supervisory Board will ensure that the website is editorially independent and will serve the needs of the community. Chaired by Anne Osterman, Deputy Director of VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia), the members of the Supervisory Board are:

  • Anne Osterman, VIVA, USA (Chair)
  • Simon Bevan, Cranfield University, UK
  • Melissa Blaney, ACS Publications, USA
  • Anna Creech, University of Richmond, USA
  • Lorraine Estelle, JISC, UK
  • Oliver Pesch, EBSCO, USA
  • Kari Schmidt, Montgomery College, USA
  • Mark Tullos, ProQuest, USA

Travel Award

Thank you to Project COUNTER for the financial support needed to get Usus off the ground.  COUNTER has also offered to provide a travel award worth £1,000/$1,500 to a librarian who contributes the best opinion piece for the News & Opinions section of the Usus site.  The award can be used to travel to the Charleston Conference, UKSG Conference, or Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference.  Please send your submissions of 1,000 words or less to by December 31, 2014. For more information, please contact Usus at:

Congratulations to the 2014 Library Connect Charleston Conference Award winner: Lindsay King, a Public Services Librarian at Yale University.

Lindsay King

Lindsay King

Lindsay was selected by committee in a blind judging for her session entitled “Data Mining on Vendor-Digitized Collections.” The judges were Keith Cogdill, Director, NIH Library; Kira Cooper, Director, Global Marketing Communication, Academic & Government, Elsevier; and John McDonald, Associate Dean for Collections, USC Libraries. Lindsay received a $1,500 award to apply to travel costs incurred to attend the 34th Annual Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, November 5-8, 2014.

“I’m excited to attend the Charleston Conference as both a first-time attendee and as a presenter. My Yale colleagues and I are looking forward to our Lively Lunch conversation about the data mining projects we are doing with vendor-digitized collections,” Lindsay said.

Following the conference, Lindsay will share her insights into data mining in an article on the Library Connect website.

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