Congress examining Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program; *Germany’s Largest Scientific Organization Announces It Will Terminate Elsevier Contract at the End of 2017; *Preprint servers making waves in chemistry community; *Highlights from the National Conference of African-American Librarians; *the British Library Announces New Research Data Strategy; *Vanderbilt Libraries Acquires Premiere Collection of Books About Card Games, Games of Chance, Playing Cards and Chess; *AIP Publishing unveils language editing and other author services; *McGraw-Hill and iFlipd Pilot a Weekly Textbook Rental Program; and *Alexander Street collaborates with indie film distributors to launch a new film collection for libraries plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
District Dispatch reports that “Congress’ Committee on House Administration this year began examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which is the authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). This process is an important opportunity for librarians to advocate for improvements to the FDLP and public access to government information…”
infoDOCKET reports that “new on the Project Deal website is this announcement (in German) from Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (the largest scientific organization in Germany) that it will join other Project Deal institutions/organizations and terminate its contract with Elsevier at the end of 2017.
Details From Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Are Available in English (via Mechanical Translation):
According to Chemistry World “chemical science publishing is in the midst of a seismic shift, something that was made clear at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC during a panel discussion about the new chemistry preprint server ChemRxiv. Announced a year ago by the American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemRxiv recently went live in a beta version on 14 August and gives chemists a place to deposit their papers prior to peer review and publication in a journal. So far a total of six preprints have been posted to ChemRxiv.
Library Journal reports that “from rebounding attendance to amazing site visits to a surprise visit from a United States congressman, the tenth National Conference of African-American Librarians (NCAALX) offered attendees excitement, motivation, and unity of purpose.
The theme of this year’s conference, organized by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), was “Beyond Library Walls: Innovative Ways to Engage Our Communities….”
infoDOCKET reports that with their new data strategy “the vision for the British Library is that research data are as
integrated into our collections, research and services as text is today. The British Library’s users will be able to consume research data online through tools that enable it to be analysed, visualised and understood by non-specialists. Research data will be integrated into our collections and shared storage hubs and we will deliver data from trusted external hosts. All will be easy to discover and linked to related research outputs, be they text, data or multimedia…”
- Vanderbilt Libraries Acquires Premiere Collection of Books About Card Games, Games of Chance, Playing Cards and Chess
infoDOCKET also reports that “the George Clulow and United States Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection—one of the world’s premiere collections of books about card games, games of chance, playing cards and chess—has been acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries.
According to KnowledgeSpeak “AIP Publishing, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has launched a suite of new services to support global researchers with their publishing goals – AIP Author Services. AIP Publishing now offers pre-submission services to researchers which include English language editing, translation services, figure creation and figure reformatting, through AIP Author Services…”
Publishing Perspectives notes that “in an interesting development in textbook publishing, McGraw Hill Education and iFlipd–a pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental platform–are partnering to let students rent select McGraw-Hill titles in both digital and print editions for US$15 per week…”
- Alexander Street collaborates with indie film distributors to launch a new film collection for libraries
According to NSR “Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film, a new film collection from Alexander Street, … provides streaming access to over 400 independent films essential for film studies, media studies and theater students. The films support research and learning in these fields yet have a wide range of applicability reaching as far as psychology, gender studies, and anthropology…”
More library and publishing news from a variety of sources
- IM Publications to preserve e-journals with Portico;
- Innovative introduces new consortia management capabilities and multi-provider coverage support in Knowledge Base Release 1.2
- China South Publishing & Media Group attains minority stake in IPR License;
- Koios and Amigos Library Services announce new partnership
- Primary Research Group publishes Survey of the Academic Library Role in the Use of Open Access Textbooks and Other Open Access Educational Materials;
- Crowley Introduces IMAGEhost for Online Microfilm Collection Hosting and Sharing
- University of Calgary opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions;
- Authorea partners with the American Association for Cancer Research to streamline research editing and publishing;
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.