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ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
Textbooks — An Ever Changing Landscape and the Move Towards Digital Guest Editor: Dominic Broadhurst
Textbooks — An Ever Changing Landscape and the Move Towards Digital p.1 by Dominic Broadhurst — This special issue of Against the Grain aims to examine some of the major issues and also provide incisive commentary from a range of contributors.
Putting Our Students at the Heart of What We Do — eTextbooks at the University of Manchester p.16 by Olivia Walsby and Flora Bourne — In line with the University of Manchester’s 2020 vision, the Library took a strategic approach.
Three Things to Consider Before You Tinker with eTexts — A Perspective from the University of Plymouth p. 20 by Jason Harper — For the University of Plymouth the scheme was originally started in 2011 by the academic, Dr Phil Gee, to level the playing field.
How Valuable are e-textbooks to the Student Experience? An Analysis of e-textbook Provisions at the University of Sussex p.22 by Anette Moore and Suzanne Tatham — The Library embarked on an ambitious project to roll out e-textbooks to the University of Sussex Business School.
Open and Affordable Textbooks — Three Levels of Open p.25 by Caren Milloy and Graham Stone — This paper has outlined our initial thoughts around a vision for open and affordable textbooks in the UK.
Understanding e-textbooks through a Student Lens p. 26 by Becky Hartnup — What do students think about e-textbooks? Unless they encounter a problem, they don’t think about them at all.
Digital Textbooks Offer a Wealth of Variety and Opportunity p. 30 by Saskia Watts and Vanessa Boddington — Yes, digital textbooks have limitations, and it can be a challenge for institutions to find the budget to fund eTextbook provisions, but it would be a disservice to the strides within higher education not to acknowledge what they can offer students and institutions.
Textbooks in Libraryland — Perspectives from a Publisher p. 32 by Kevin Ohe — Library experimentation with textbook models brims with activity these days. The promise of OERs has captured the imaginations of many librarians, and led in meaningful experimentation.
Op Ed — Stop, Look, Listen p. 46 Open Access at the Crossroads: Why Books and Journals are Supposedly Different — and How that Harms the Model by Dr. Sven Fund — The greatest risk of Open Access is the loss of a holistic view of the goals and prerequisites of the model in libraries and for publishers.
Back Talk- I Love Fiesole in the Springtime p. 86 by Jim O’Donnell — A seriously charming look at Fiesole. What do we have to expect in 25 years? Will you read an AI published paper?
ATG SPECIAL REPORT
Serendipity of the Hats p. 69 by Curtis Michelson — In “Serendipity of the Hats,” Curtis shares what he learned about how Raimonda and Michelle along with their colleagues in the A&S Unit used the Scrum framework.
ATG INTERVIEWS & PROFILES
Little Red Herrings- An Interview with Peggy Glahn, a principal of Reveal Digital p. 37 by Mark Y. Herring
How Complex This Industry Is- An Interview with Katherine Daniel p. 44 by Bob Nardini
Profiles Encouraged p. 77-In this issue we have many people profiles, some library profiles, and company profiles as well.
Booklover-Systematically. Short Stories. Symbols. p. 34 by Donna Jacobs — Donna says: “The Massacre of the Innocents by Maurice Maeterlinck was the next short story in the book Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners.”
Collecting to the Core – Social Entrepreneurship p. 36 by Kimberly Copenhaver — This column highlights monographic works that are essential to the academic library within a particular discipline.
Edited by Bruce Strauch and Jack Montgomery
Legally Speaking-The Blockchain Revolution p. 53 by Anthony Paganelli — Blockchain has been mentioned as a “disruptive” technology, what do you think?
Cases of Note-Copyrighting Distinctive Shaped But Useful Objects p. 54 by Bruce Strauch — Inhale, Inc. v. Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc.
Questions and Answers-Copyright Column p. 56 by Laura N. Gasaway — As always, Lolly features many relevant questions and answers. Can a public librarian read stories by telephone to children who phone into the library?
Bet You Missed It p. 14 by Bruce Strauch — What do Roald Dahl and my cousin Sophia Perpera (who also made it in the Wall Street Journal) have in common?
The Scholarly Publishing Scene p. 57 Forty Years From Now by Myer Kutz — The future of Plan S, etc.
And They Were There-Reports of Meetings p. 64 — In this issue you’ll find Ramune’s third installment of reports from the 2018 Charleston Conference.
Don’s Conference Notes-The 14th Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference p. 72 by Donald T. Hawkins
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Biz of Digital p. 48 Developing and Growing a New Repository Service: Part 1 Getting Started by Michelle Flinchbaugh — After implementing a new repository platform, several questions arose. Where to begin? What would work for adding materials to the repository and what wouldn’t? What kind of support and service would the library need to offer?
Squirreling Away: Managing Information Resources & Libraries p.51 Finding Your Beat: Rapidity and Change Management by Corey Seeman — Corey divides change management into six key terms and explores the pace and speed with which an organization can pivot.
Optimizing Library Services p. 58 Your Title is What? Re-envisioning Academic Library Administration by Mr. Edward Iglesias — While there is no shortage of traditional job titles, these examples represent a trend towards specialization in areas of technology that we have been warned about for years.
Blurring Lines p.60 Considering the Future of Discovery, Access and Business Models in Support of Virtual Reality Content for Scholarly Research and Classroom Learning: What Can We Learn from the Rise of OER and OA? by David Parker
Marketing Touchpoints-Sustaining Authentic Library Brands p. 63 by Jill Heinze — Jill talks about essential branding principles that librarians should keep in mind.TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Epistemology-The Passion of Librarians p. 62 by T. Scott Plutchak — Scott’s column this time is a paen to Susan Orleans (so sad we could not afford to have her in Charleston).
Let’s Get Technical-Migration Items in Alma p. 67 by Kristen Fredericksen — Kristen describes the process that went into cleaning up items that did not migrate with the proper process type to Alma.ETC.
Charleston Conference 2019 8 Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition — Call for Papers, Ideas, Conference Themes, Panels, Debates, Diatribes, Speakers, Poster Sessions, Preconferences, etc. Our 2019 theme is “The Time has Come … to Talk of Many Things!”
ATG Food + Beverage Roundup p. 66 by Nicole Ameduri and Melanie Masserant — This is a NEW column and in this issue the food and beverage focus is on Washington, DC.
Obituary – Nicolette W. Sosulski p. 71
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.