The Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Library Publishing Directory! This year’s Library Publishing Directory highlights the publishing activities of 153 academic and research libraries, and is openly available in PDF and EPUB formats and via the searchable online directory.
According to a recent press release”… The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has honored OpenStax with its February 2020 Innovator Award. Over the years, OpenStax has been central to making college more affordable and it represents a key piece of open infrastructure within the academic community…”
infoDOCKET reports that “Social Science One and Facebook have completed, and are now making available to academic researchers, one of the largest social science datasets ever constructed. We processed approximately an exabyte (a quintillion bytes, or a billion gigabytes) of raw data from the platform…”
David Rubenstein Will Make a $10 Million Gift to Support a Reimagining of the Visitor Experience at Library of Congress
Also according to infoDOCKET “A major gift by philanthropist David Rubenstein will help fund a project to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each year. The goal is to better connect visitors with history and provide better access to the unparalleled collections held by the national library…”
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “the Harvard Law School Library has announced the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection. One of the most influential jurists in American history, the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia ’60 changed how the Court approaches statutory and constitutional interpretation.
LITA, ALCTS and LLAMA are now accepting proposals for the 2020 Forum, November 19-21 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.
Publishers Weekly reports that “bookstore sales, which struggled for most of the year, ended 2019 with a weak December and finished the year with a 5.7% sales drop compared to 2018, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
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.