- All By Ourselves is a post appearing in Publishers Weekly by Brian Kenney in which he notes that while “states are pushing to reopen, many libraries are having to figure out their own way forward.” He bemoans the lack of leadership from many of the “experts, and institutions librarians normally turn to for guidance.” Mr. Kenney goes on to discuss the efforts of his own library, the White Plains Public Library (N.Y.) as they plan their reopening.
- Richard Charkin: Ten Publishing Things That Will Never Be The Same is British publishing executive Richard Charkin‘s “list of irreversible changes” that he sees coming in the world of academic publishing. Mr. Charkin sees a future of industry upheaval with changes ranging from scientific publishers abandoning any semblance of print production to the end of the typical midtown office to “no more sales conferences in exotic places.” He also provides a list of things that won’t change.
- Making Monographs Open is an article by Inside HigherED’s Lindsay McKenzie that reports on a project being lead by University of North Carolina Press “that aims to slash the cost of producing monographs that could help make more of them available to the public for free.” But according to the article, it will take both attracting subsidies and streamlining processes and workflows. It also involves providing books digitally at first and after a 90 day embargo, allowing interested readers to purchase print copies. The article continues to discuss a number of challenges to open access scholarly monograph publishing.
- Do preprints improve with peer review? A little, one study suggests is a post in Science by associate news editor, Jeffrey Brainard. The article reports on a recent study posted on bioRxiv that concludes—at least by one measure – “peer review doesn’t appear to give a big quality boost to preprints.” Some 56 preprints posted on bioRxiv in 2016 were matched up with the peer-reviewed versions eventually published in journals. The study found that there was only “modest improvement” in the metric being compared.
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.