“This month, Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is honoring the lives of those lost at the Mother Emanuel AME Church five years ago by promoting acts of kindness around the county and releasing a special tribute documentary about Cynthia.
The Library is asking the public to perform acts of kindness and post a photo or video of the act to social media using #ThisIsForCynthia. Cynthia Graham Hurd was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church and she was a beloved long-time librarian with CCPL. The Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Library is named after her…”
(Each year, Springer Nature honors the legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd by awarding a $1,500 travel grant to a library employee that has not had an opportunity to attend the Charleston Library Conference.)
World-leading publishers join us in commitment to make research publishing more inclusive and diverse
The Royal Society of Chemistry announces “Publishers responsible for tens of thousands of peer-reviewed journals and books have signed an agreement with us to take a proactive stance against bias, as we commit to working together to better reflect the diversity of our communities and to remove barriers for under-represented groups…”
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Publishes 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, Includes Refined Mission, Vision, and Values Statements
infoDOCKET reports that “Today the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has launched “ASERL Ahead: Strategic Directions for 2020-2023,” an ambitious plan for continuing the organization’s work to serve its members and the profession through excellence in professional development, resource sharing, and member engagement. The new plan also includes an explicit focus on strengthening its work with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues, …
Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries (LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report)
In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “… the LYRASIS open content survey was conducted in early 2020 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States participate in the open content movement. The survey specifically focused on participation in activities/financial support for open access (OA) scholarship, open data, and open educational resources (OERs)…”
According to Library Technology Guides “The NISO Working Group on E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain invites comments on its proposed Recommended Practice. Everyone involved in producing and using e-book metadata publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers, and preservation agencies is encouraged to share their feedback by August 2nd, 2020…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- IIIF announces Final Release of 3.0 Specifications
- The UK’s Society of Authors Names Winners of £100,000 in Awards
- Kobo Nia e-reader might be out in the next few weeks
- Simmons University Library Goes Live with FOLIO
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.