According to Publishers Weekly “In a 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” session, Macmillan CEO John Sargent met with librarians at the ALA Midwinter Meeting to hear feedback and to defend the publisher’s controversial eight-week embargo on new release e-books in libraries. And despite palpable tension in the room, there was little news, no real surprises, and the meeting came off pretty much as expected…”
According to infoDOCKET “For the benefit of healthcare professionals, medical researchers and the public, Elsevier has created a Novel Coronavirus Information Center with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV…”
ACRL Insider notes that “ACRL announces the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Nevada State College Marydean Martin Library, Henderson, Nevada; Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries, Santa Rosa, California; and the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Maryland. Sponsored by ACRL and GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, the award recognizes the staff of a college, community college, and university library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution…”
Library Technology Guides reports that “the NISO Open Discovery Initiative 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…”
infoDOCKET also reports that “in 2019, the archive grew by 8.4%, to 1.78 billion files being preserved across journals, ebooks, and digital collections. View a snapshot of the growth in content, participation, trigger events, and usage.
“To date, we have triggered 125 titles that became unavailable through the publisher or another online source; this content is now available through the Portico archive..”.
Science reports that “academic journals in Russia are retracting more than 800 papers following a probe into unethical publication practices by a commission appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The moves come in the wake of several other queries suggesting the vast Russian scientific literature is riddled with plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and so-called gift authorship, in which academics become a co-author without having contributed any work.
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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.