Publishers Weekly reports that “The American Library Association Midwinter Meeting officially opened today in Philadelphia, with bestselling author Wes Moore set to give the opening keynote at 4 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show will run through Tuesday, January 28, the first major conference of what figures to be a busy 2020 for the library community, with an election, and a census, as well as ongoing tension in the digital content arena.
Among the stories already making news, ALA last week announced the appointment of a new executive director, Tracie D. Hall. Although Hall’s official start date is February 24, she will be in Philadelphia for the Midwinter Meeting…”
New Issue Brief: “It’s Not What Libraries Hold; It’s Who Libraries Serve: Seeking a User-Centered Future for Academic Libraries”
According to infoDOCKET “the following issue brief was published today by OhioLINK and Ithaka S+R. It’s Not What Libraries Hold; It’s Who Libraries Serve: Seeking a User-Centered Future for Academic Libraries by Gwen Evans Executive Director, OhioLINK and Roger C. Schonfeld. Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums Program, Ithaka S+R…”
infoDOCKET also reports that “John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to all articles related to the coronavirus in support of the outbreak relief efforts in China. Wiley has identified 54 relevant articles. These important pieces of literature will remain free until April 2020 and the window of time will be extended as needed. As new articles are published, they will be made free to access…”
Bloomsbury to preserve eBooks and digital collections with Portico
According to this press release “Bloomsbury Publishing will be preserving its eBooks and digital collections with Portico, ensuring that its content will be secure and available into the future…
“The portfolio of resources includes Bloomsbury Collections, Drama Online, Churchill Archive, the award-winning Bloomsbury Fashion Central, and many more that provide essential and cutting-edge scholarly content featuring the latest critical thought, incisive insight, and accessible overviews in a range of dynamic disciplines…”
The ground-breaking subscribe-to-open pilot Berghahn Open Anthro will flip thirteen anthropology journals to open access in 2020
According to Library Technology Guides “hailed as the largest concerted disciplinary journals flip to open access since SCOAP3, Berghahn Books will take the step of publishing thirteen core anthropology journals as open access starting with their 2020 volumes under the subscribe-to-open model (S2O)… Based on librarian curation, existing resources, and proven processes for supporting journals, a subscribe-to-open model is now emerging that makes financing sustainable open access more attainable, especially for smaller journals in the social sciences and humanities.
EBSCO Information Services Partners with Code Ocean to Invest in Open Research and Promote Reproducibility
According to this press release, “a new strategic partnership between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Code Ocean will provide to the global research community a platform to facilitate the sharing and reuse of computational code and data. It guarantees the reproducibility of reported research, and it makes research open, organized, accessible and interoperable…”
Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non-governmental entities.
ProQuest’s TDM Studio service transforms text and data mining with efficiency, flexibility and power
According to this press release “researchers will now be able to uncover new connections and make new discoveries using ProQuest’s TDM Studio service, a pioneering end-to-end solution for text and data mining. TDM Studio puts the power of text and data mining directly into the researcher’s hands, from their initial idea to their final output…”
According to htis press release, “the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee invites feedback on proposed revisions to its Recommended Practice, originally published in 2014 as NISO RP-19-2014 Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and others who are interested in how content is included in discovery systems are encouraged to share their comments by March 9, 2020.
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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.