- 13 Pioneering Black American Librarians You Oughta Know is by Katisha Smith and can be found on the Book Riot website. Ms. Smith admits hers “is not an exhaustive list and represents only a fraction of the black librarians who have made significant contributions to librarianship.” But it’s a good start. Ms. Smith does us all a service by highlighting these groundbreaking black librarians. We can join her in the hope that posts like hers will stimulate further exploration and research into the lives and contributions of other similar pioneers.
- Author-Friendly Journal Websites is a guest post on the Scholarly Kitchen website by Jerry A. Jacobs. Mr Jacobs is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1983. Drawing on his experience as Editor of the American Sociological Review, he suggest that journal webpages routinely provide answers to questions prospective authors often have about key concerns like acceptance rates, “revise and resubmit” decision, etc.
- They redesigned PubMed, a beloved website. It hasn’t gone over well is posted on Science and it discusses criticism of the sweeping redesign of PubMed unveiled last week. Evidently, the new look has left many PubMed users unhappy with everything from the new search algorithms, to the layout and design, to the way the search results are displayed. The post also contains the response of the National Library of Medicine and its National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is responsible for PubMed.
- Mapping Book and Publishing Policy in Africa and Latin America Is an article in Publishing Perspectives that reports “the Paris-based International Alliance of Independent Publishers has published the first part of an ambitious project attempting to map book industry public policy in 10 countries in Latin America and 12 nations in sub-Saharan Africa including Madagascar…”
- How to find a book without knowing the actual title is a video and article from the website makeuseof.com. They both offers a number of helpful tips that might enable you locate that mysterious title that thus far has eluded you. “Suggestions include using Google Book Search, BookFinder, WorldCat, The Library of Congress, and Ask a Librarian,” – as well as a few others the narrator throws in at the end of the video. The article by Saikat Basu, the Deputy Editor for Internet, Windows, and Productivity at makeuseof.com, reinforces and expands on the information in the video. The combination of the two provides numerous useful ideas.
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.