Confirming what ATG contributor, Nancy Herther just reported, Publishing Perspectives notes that “research houses and scholarly publishers and associations are pooling COVID-19 content for free professional and public access.”
In response to the COVID-19 precautions and UNC system policies, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the NC Serials Conference on Friday, March 27, 2020. We will move ahead with issuing refunds to registrants and sponsors. For questions about refunds, notify Anthony Philpott. NCCU SLIS will aim to process refunds over the course of the next 3 weeks. Please be patient as we work through this process. For those who paid via check, a refund check will be sent in the mail. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 NC Serials Conference next spring.
How Do We Read? Let’s Count The Ways: Comparing Digital, Audio, and Print-Only Readers; New Report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
infoDOCKET the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a report that “analyzes data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), which the National Endowment for the Arts conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives a statistical overview of how the nation’s adults engage with leisure reading and other literary activities, such as author readings, book clubs, and creative writing…”
According to the LITA Blog “The LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee is pleased to select Alison Macrina as the 2020 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi-Tech Award. Macrina led the Tor Relay Initiative in New Hampshire, is the founder and executive director of the Library Freedom Project, and has written and taught extensively in the areas of digital privacy, surveillance, and user anonymity in the context of libraries and librarianship…”
ACRL Insider notes that “whether you are working on campus or supporting your community remotely, ACRL has a variety of easily accessible options for free online professional development to help you build your skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. And make sure to visit the ALA Pandemic Preparedness page for more resources on COVID-19…”
Warren Lecture Series. Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota “Plagiarism, Plagiarisma, Plagiarmania” – Available
In this video, attorney and librarian Nancy Sims explores some of the tensions inherent in academic understandings of credit and plagiarism…”
Good e-Reader reports that “The UK has just passed a resolution that will eliminate all VAT on ebooks and digital newspapers on December 1st 2020. The old 20% tax on these types of content will be completely abolished, but for some reason audiobooks will still be charged the old tax rate. Physical books and periodicals have been exempt for a very long time.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is honored to announce its acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Louis W. Sullivan is an African American physician who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was first established as an Office under the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010…”
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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.