Inside Higher ED reports that The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will not renew its bundled journal subscription deal with publisher Elsevier.
Elaine Westbrooks, university librarian at UNC Chapel Hill, tweeted yesterday that the two parties failed to reach a deal after more than a year of negotiation. The institution’s current subscription package with instant access to around 2,000 journals is set to expire April 30…”
State University of New York Steps Away From the “Big Deal” with Elsevier [SUNY Libraries Consortium]
According to the SUNY Libraries Consortium “the State University of New York (SUNY) has opted not to renew its “big deal” with Elsevier for ScienceDirect in favor of a short list of titles to which campuses across the system will have access… While both parties negotiated in earnest and tried to come to acceptable terms for SUNY to maintain access to the full ScienceDirect package, in the end there was considerable disagreement around the value proposition of the “big deal”…”
Library Publishing Coalition Releases “Library Publishing Research Agenda” & “Library Publishing Competencies”
infoDOCKET reports that “two new documents were published today (April 9, 2020) by the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Below are excerpts from two LPC Blog posts by Melanie Schlosser along with links to access each document…
“Out of the Archives, Onto Zoom: Some Early Notes on Teaching Online with Special Collections in a Time of Quarantine”
infoDOCKET cites a Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale University) Blog Post noting that “with colleagues throughout the Yale University Library, and across the university, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library staff have been working to assist Yale faculty and students in the extraordinary efforts to transition rapidly to online teaching and learning for academic continuity through the remainder of the spring semester…
The following offers some insights from the first two weeks of the effort to take courses using library special collections “out of the archives, onto Zoom…”
Also according to infoDOCKET, Crossref is aware that “A lot of people have been using our public, open APIs to collect data that might be related to COVID-19. This is great and we encourage it. We also want to make it easier. To that end we have made a free data file of the public elements from Crossref’s 112.5 million metadata records. The file (65GB, in JSON format) is available via Academic Torrents here: https://doi.org/10.13003/83B2GP
Publishers Weekly notes that “publishing sales got off to a decent start in 2020, with both NPD BookScan and the Association of American Publishers reporting increases in January sales over the first month of 2019. But as the new coronavirus increased its grip on the country’s economy sales softened, and the business outlook for the second quarter is, at best, uncertain…..”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
Emerald Publishing has created a webpage of freely available resources entitled: Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society.
JSTOR’s Managing Director, Laura Brown, Announces Retirement; Will Begin a Part -Time Role at ITHAKA This Month
Health on the Shelf: Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) Publishes New Report Examining the Health & Wellbeing Offer Available in Scotland’s Public Libraries
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.