Are Etextbooks Affordable Now?; *C&RL News – May 2018 is Now Available; *Library of Congress Geography & Map Division Posts Latest Issue of “New Maps This Month!”; *Beta Release of an Updated OpenDOAR Service (A Global Directory of Open Access Academic Repositories) Now Available; *FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship; *EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance collaborate to support Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud initiative; *Inspec adds over 220 key journals from Institute of Civil Engineers, Taylor & Francis, SAGE and ACM plus MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
According to Inside Higher ED “new print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of e-textbooks is falling fast, according to data from e-textbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers.
Since 2016, the average price of e-textbooks on VitalSource has fallen by 31 percent, from $56.36 in 2016 to $38.65 in 2018…”
ACRL Insider reports that “the May 2018 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Social justice issues continue to be a focus for many academic and research librarians, resulting in a variety of creative projects. Myra Waddell and Elena Clariza of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa write about their use of “Critical digital pedagogy and cultural sensitivity in the library classroom” through two projects focusing on the unique cultures and history of Hawaii and the Pacific region…”
infoDOCKET reports that “the latest issue of New Maps this Month (April 2018; 57 pages; PDF) from the Geography & Map Division (G&M) of the Library of Congress is now available online. (“New Maps This Month!” provides a list (with metadata and hyperlinks) to all of the digital maps that the G&M Division has posted online last month.)
In addition, infoDOCKET also notes that OpenDOAR a “quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories” has been updated and is now in beta. “It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held…”
“The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public…”
- EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance collaborate to support Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud initiative
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “two flagship EC initiatives, OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub, recently signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement solidifies the projects’ ambition for Europe to become a global leader in digital and open science to ensure that scientists reap the full benefits of open data-driven science.
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- High-Level Summit Meeting on Open Access Negotiations Takes Place in Berlin
- EBSCO Health launches shared decision making product – Option GridTM decision aids;
- Serpentine Jarrahdale, Northern Beaches, Gosnells, and Kwinana councils partner with Civica to transform library service delivery;
- New open-access journal, Frontiers in Big Data, to lead big data revolution;
- Strengthening ties between DuraSpace and the Islandora Foundation;
- Future Science Group acquires life sciences journal, BioTechniques, from Informa PLC;
- New Trust Center demonstrates Ex Libris commitment to transparency, security, and privacy;
- SAE International and MaaS sign MoU for the creation of integrated mobility standards;
- OCLC to support interoperability between Talis Aspire Reading Lists, WorldShare Management Services
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.