- [Virtual] Conference Season Is Here: Are you prepared? is a Scholarly Kitchen post by Jasmine Wallace, the Peer Review Manager at the American Society for Microbiology. In it she insists that “virtual conferences should be approached with the same viewpoint as in-person meetings” but “that they do require a bit more focus and preparation to be valuable.” Then she offers a number of specific recommendations.
- Making digital resources accessible for students with disabilities: Are libraries, publishers, and vendors ready for the new rules and regulations? is a post on the No Shelf Required website that notes that “all institutions of learning that receive federal aid are now legally required to make their digital learning materials accessible to students, including those with disabilities.” It goes on to insist that given this, librarians must have “the skills and the knowledge to follow the new guidelines and distinguish clearly among the products that are, and are not, fully ADA compliant.” The article continues by point out the unique responsibility libraries have “since the legal burden falls on libraries and not on those producing and selling digital content.”
- University Presses in the Age of COVID-19 is an article by Laura Brown, a senior advisor at Ithaka S+R that is drawn from “conversations with a variety of university press directors.” Offering a broad perspective, directors from both public and private universities representing a total of 11 small, medium, and large presses are consulted. In their comments, the directors discuss how their presses are “faring during this uncertain and challenging time.” In this post Ms. Brown describes the present circumstances these university presses are confronting. “A second piece, … will examine how press directors are looking ahead to the future.”
- Infographic: Social Media Image Size Guide (2020 Edition) Anyone who posts images on social media will find this post helpful. It’s a infographic from Constant Contact that “covers the standard image dimensions for the six major social networks, including Pinterest and Twitter. Check it and see if the graphic you make are still the right size…”
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.