- MUSE in Focus: Confronting Structural Racism is a “selection of temporarily free books and articles from a wide range of publishers and perspectives about the history of racism in America, its endurance throughout society, and how the country can respond now to enact meaningful and lasting reform.” Project MUSE is making these books and articles available hoping “that this selection of research can help inform the necessary conversations and actions around this topic…”
- ALA Survey Reports Similar Library Reopening Plans, But Scattered Schedules is a report by Lisa Peet of Library Journal that discusses ALA’s recent survey on how U.S. public, academic, and K–12 libraries have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The survey results draw on “more than 3,800 responses, from all 50 states, … conducted between May 12–18.” As you would expect, there are a number of common responses being considered by libraries as they reopen but there are also unique and differing responses under review.
- Harvard Library’s steps toward reopening focuses on a specific reopening plan and features an interview with Martha Whitehead, vice president for the Harvard Library and University Librarian in which she discusses the steps the library is taking toward reopening. Among other things, “current plans include circulating print collections from a single location and resuming Scan & Deliver service” while “further down the road, as circumstances allow for greater population density, we will resume user access to physical libraries, likely under new limitations…”
- Publishers Sue Internet Archive for Copyright Infringement is a post by freelance writer Theresa Machemer that appears on the Smithsonian website. Ms. Machemer reports on the recent lawsuit being brought against the Internet Archive by four major U.S. publishers “over its online library (National Emergency Library), where it offers scans of millions of books for free, temporary download.” The post describes the National Emergency Library and recounts the positions of both the Internet Archive and the four publishers.
- Nationwide Protests Highlight the Need for Greater Diversity in Media is a post by author Greg Dool who thinks that “It’s time for publishers to take more concrete and transparent steps toward ensuring their newsrooms and leadership reflect the audiences they serve.” In particular he calls for “a firmer commitment to diversity and representation in their own ranks.”
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.