Nielsen Sells Off Its US Book Market Stats Division to NPD; *ACRL Comments to NIH on Data Management, Sharing, and Citation; *Navajo Nation Library To Digitize 1960s Oral History Archive; *ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grant; *New PCG white paper reveals benefits of chapter-level metadata; and *NISO publishes ‘Understanding Metadata’ Primer plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
According to Bookseller, Nielsen’s trouble-prone US book services unit has been acquired by a competitor, the American data and market insights company NPD. US-based BookScan, Pubtrack Digital, PubTrack Higher Education, PubTrack Christian, Books & Consumers, PubEasy and PubNet have all been acquired by NPD, and will become part of a new entity, NPD Book. The news will raise publisher concern about access to global book sales data at a time when the industry remains in transition…”
ACRL Insider reports that ” On January 19, 2017, ACRL provided comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy in response to their request for information on data management and sharing strategies and priorities. The NIH sought public comments in order to consider how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, how to set standards for citing shared data and software…”
According to KnowledgeSpeak “the Publishers Communication Group (PCG) has released a comprehensive study, according to which, there is growing demand in the academic community for chapter-level metadata and abstracts to be made available, and multiple benefits for publishers who are able to provide them. The –Increasing the Value of Scholarly Books‘ white paper recommends that publishers, particularly in the Humanities and Social Science fields, provide chapter-level metadata as part of their book programs, in order to meet the changing demands of end users, and stay competitive in the marketplace…”
KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) continues its Primer Series with the publication of Understanding Metadata. This comprehensive overview of information about an item’s creation, name, topic, features, and more updates NISO’s 2004 advice on the subject and follows on the Research Data Management Primer published in 2015…
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- bibliotheca unveils largest new product launch at ALA MidWinter;
- OCLC Research and ALISE name recipients of 2017 Library and Information Science Research Grants;
- e-ImageData to showcase lowest cost microfilm scanner at ALA Midwinter show;
- Society for Scholarly Publishing unveils newly renovated website and visual identity for The Scholarly Kitchen blog;
- ACCUCOMS to represent Karger Publishers in Latin America;
- OCLC introduces Tipasa interlibrary loan management system;
- ProQuest enhances discovery of global Calls for Papers with Pivot Service
- Emerald in deal with Peerwith to expand author services portfolio;
- Altmetric adds Shibboleth authentication option for institutions;
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.