Library Journal and NoveList Announce the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients; E-books Gained, Online Retailers Slipped in 2014; U.S. Census Releases American Housing Survey Statistics For 25 Metropolitan Areas; Flickr Adds Public Domain and CC0 Licensing Options; RCUK publishes first independent review of its open access policy; Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers celebrate 125 years of service to medical science; 3M announces enhanced integration with SirsiDynix ILS; and Thieme Publishers Delhi named official publisher for the Trauma Society of India.
PRWeb reports that “three libraries are recipients of the 2015 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The Dothan Houston County Library System in Alabama was the first place recipient, Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota was awarded second place, while third place went to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Kansas…”
According to Publishers Weekly, “E-books’ market share of new-book sales increased slightly in 2014 over 2013, while the share of all book sales made through online retailers and bookstore chains dipped in the same period. Those were two of the major trends found by the most recent survey of consumer book-buying behavior conducted by Nielsen Books & Consumers…
E-books accounted for 15% of the spending on all new books (backlist and frontlist titles) last year, up from 12% in 2013. The format’s share of units rose at a slightly slower rate, rising by one percentage point in the year, to 21%, an indication that though e-books remain lower priced than print titles, prices have increased. Print accounted for 70% of new-book spending in 2014, a drop of seven percentage points from 2013…”
InfoDOCKET reports that the US Census Bureau has released the 2013 American Housing Survey. This report presents summary statistical data… Topics covered include single-family homes, apartments, manufactured housing, vacant units, family composition, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, HVAC equipment, appliances, fuel type, remodeling and repair, and recent moves…
InfoDOCKET also reports that Flickr members will now be able “to upload images that are no longer protected by copyright and correctly tag them as being in the Public Domain, or they want to release their copyright entirely under CC0. One of the first accounts on Flickr to change its designation was SpaceX, which has uploaded more than a hundred gorgeous images of its launches. These extraordinary photos are now available for others to freely use, enhance, and promulgate without restriction under copyright law…”
In case you missed it, KnowledgeSpeak notes that the “Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access. Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is working in practice, with many positive responses about the principle of open access publishing…”
KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers in Basel, Switzerland, has published the complete book titles since its foundation in 1890 online and is presenting Highlights and Special Publications spanning 125 years on the Karger Website. An anniversary Festschrift documenting the history and present-day activities of the independent family-run company, which is led by Gabriella Karger in the fourth generation, is also being released…”
According to Library Technology Guides “3M Library Systems announces the completion of full integration between the new SirsiDynix Symphony 3.5 ILS and the 3M RFID Staff Workstation. Attendees can learn more at the COSUGI (Customers of SirsiDynix Users Group, Inc.) User Meeting, March 30 – April 1 in Portland, Oregon…”
And lastly, according to KnowledgeSpeak “Thieme Publishers Delhi (TPD) has signed on as the official publisher for the Trauma Society of India (TSI). TPD has agreed to publish two titles per year for TSI. Guidelines in Fracture Management – Nonunion Part 1 and Guidelines in Fracture Management – Proximal Tibia were published in 2014. Guidelines in Fracture Management -Neck of the Femur and Guidelines in Fracture Management – Fractures Around the Ankle and Hind Foot will be published in 2015…
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.