ALA denounces Amazon, Macmillan in response to Congressional inquiry on competition in digital markets
Library Technology Guides reports that “according to a new report publicly released today by the American Library Association (ALA), current practices by content publishers and distributors in digital markets limit libraries’ ability to deliver core services… ALA’s report underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms….”
Simba Information Reports Scientific & Technical Publishing Bucked Headwinds, Posted Strong Growth in 2018
According to infoDOCKET “driven by tools and online content, open access fees and digital book collections, 2018 saw the scientific and technical publishing market post its strongest sales growth since 2011—this according to the most recent report from Simba Information, a leader in media and publishing intelligence…”
In addition infoDOCKET notes the highlights of “the new Taylor & Francis survey that asked researchers around the globe for their opinions on a range of important scholarly communication issues…
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “The MIT Libraries, together with the MIT Committee on the Library System and the Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, announced that it has developed a principle-based framework to guide negotiations with scholarly publishers. The framework emerges directly from the core principles for open science and open scholarship articulated in the recommendations of the Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, which released its final report to the MIT community on Oct. 17.
Also according to KnowledgeSpeak “a partnership led by the Latin American Research Resources Project (LARRP) in collaboration with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), JSTOR, and Latin American bookseller García Cambeiro is working toward introducing a sustainable Open Access model for monographs to be developed and supported by the library community…”
Europe: Research Organisation Releases Publishing Costs to Highlight Challenge of Going to Full Open Access
infoDOCKET also reports that “the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) is taking the unusual step of making the finances of four of its journals public in order to highlight the challenges of transforming subscription or part-subscription journals into fully open access titles.
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- Statement: International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) Releases “A View of Plan S”
- University of Arkansas Libraries Endorse the Big Ten Academic Alliance Statement on “Sustaining Values and Scholarship”;
- UN Spotlights Digitization of Audiovisual Archives to Preserve Human History on World Day for Audiovisual Heritage;
- A Pioneer of Digital Libraries: Wendy Pradt Lougee Retires From Her Longtime Legacy as University Librarian
- How a small learned society is paving the way for a big change in open access
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.