The above link goes to a document that is trying to keep track of as many of the free e-resource offerings as possible.
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Library Journal reports that “Macmillan yesterday announced that it would discontinue its embargo period, which had prohibited libraries from purchasing ebook licenses for newly published titles for eight weeks. In a short letter addressed to “librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents” on March 17, Macmillan CEO John Sargent suggested that the publisher’s decision was partly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on libraries—many of which have been forced to close and emphasize resources accessible offsite, such as ebooks and streaming media…”
ATG contributor Nancy Herther reports that “Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley has created an excellent compilation of ‘free’ streaming videos available during our COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the link above to view.
In addition to announcing that Macmillan had abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, Publishers Weekly also notes that “ALA’s director of public policy and government relations, Alan Inouye, issued a statement: “Equitable access to digital content is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances. Macmillan’s return to its original lending terms signals a new starting point for all publishers to consider how they can work with libraries to ensure—and expand— access for all readers. ALA looks forward to working with publishers to make that happen.”
According to infoDOCKET, a treasure trove of “posters, handbills, band photos, protest buttons, recordings and underground newspapers” documenting rock and Roll history … “will soon be available at Michigan State University Libraries, which recently acquired a 25,000-piece archive of 1960s – 1970s rock and roll history rooted in Michigan …”
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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.