“According to this press release, “the Digital Public Library of America has partnered with BiblioLabs to offer libraries the ability to license a growing collection of more than 16,000 ebooks, including independent author collections and titles from a number of major publishers, using a simultaneous multi-use model that allows an unlimited number of patrons to borrow books at the same time…”
Springer Nature and Germany´s Projekt DEAL finalise world´s largest transformative Open Access agreement
According to this press release “Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH on behalf of Projekt DEAL today announce that the formal contract for the world’s largest transformative Open Access (OA) agreement to date has been signed. Dated 1 January 2020, the agreement provides OA publishing services and full reading access to Springer Nature journals to scholars and students from across the German research landscape…”
Inside Higher Ed reports that “the American Library Association raised eyebrows last week with a proposal to create a “designated area for the expression of social beliefs” at its upcoming midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. On its event website, the ALA said it would create a space called “the square” to “allow individuals or groups the opportunity to express support for or objection to self-identified topics.”
infoDOCKET reports that the social media archive of The National Archives/UK Government Web Archive “is now the first of its kind in the UK to feature a search function, allowing users to easily navigate our growing collection of tweets, Flickr images and YouTube videos from a range of central government departments and arm’s-length bodies…”
infoDOCKET also notes that “renowned golf book collector and IMG vice-chairman Alastair Johnston has gifted his extensive library to The R&A in St Andrews to establish the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of golf books, which will be named the Alastair J Johnston Library…”
According to the Library of Congress Blog “exploration into the unknown — when much of the world’s surface was not accurately mapped — is the theme of this month’s edition of the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets of copyright-free material. The collection is an eye-opening reminder that much of the globe was not recorded until late in the 19th century…”
According to Publishers Weekly “after managing to eke out small annual gains over the past few years, unit sales of print books dipped 1.3% in 2019 compared to 2018 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Units slipped to 689.5 million last year, down from 698.4 million the year before, according to BookScan, which tracks 80%–85% of print sales…”
Publisher Weekly reports that “The National Book Critics Circle has announced 30 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the annual National Book Critic Circle Awards, which will be presented March 12 in New York…”
Publishing Perspectives reports that the Syndicat—France’s booksellers’ association “has compiled L’Observatoire de la librairie, the key report on the country’s booksellers’ performance. Data from some 250 bookstores in France and Belgium goes into the report, and the association indicates that the participating retailers are “of all sizes, general and specialized, while the input of Librairies Indépendantes comes from a network of 3,500 French bookstores…”
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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.