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The 32-page issue (PDF, but with HTML separates in the links below) includes:
Bibs & Blather (p. 1)
Announcing preorder availability of Open Access: What You Need to Know Now, from ALA Editions.
The rest of the story, focusing on looking back, looking forward; balance in libraries; balance in librarians and service; and "the next Library 2.0?"--which I do not plan to cover.
Seven commentaries on how 2010 forecasts worked out, ten forecasts for 2011, two pieces on the perils of futurism and a few library futures.
The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. Around forty thousands answers were collected across disciplines and around the world, showing an overwhelming support for the idea of open access, while highlighting funding and (perceived) quality as the main barriers to publishing in open access journals. This article serves as an introduction to the survey and presents this and other highlights from a preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data are hereby released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Academic libraries in the western part of the United States are one step closer to having a large-scale regional trust for print-journal archives. The University of California libraries announced last week that it has received a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to implement plans for the Western Regional Storage Trust, or West. The grant is about $700,000, according to Brian E.C. Schottlaender, the university librarian at UC-San Diego and a key member of the planning team....Read more here
Another interview with Nancy Pearl, this one in the Christian Science Monitor. In response to the question asked by her fans: "Why did it take so long for her be named LJ's Librarian of the Year?", Pearl replied: "Once a librarian, always a librarian."
The Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR)
About the Journal
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:
You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
There are no page-fees.
You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.
The 28-page issue (in PDF form, but with each section available in crude HTML--noting that the first essay would require considerably more paper to print out than the whole PDF issue) includes:
Making it Work Perspective: Five Years Later: Library 2.0 and Balance (pp. 1-26)
It's been five years since Library 2.0 and "Library 2.0" and this seemed like a good time to revisit some of these themes.
Bibs & Blather: Where's Chapter 4? (pp. 26-28)
Why this issue does not include Chapter 4 of The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010.
No one other than Nancy Pearl has so convinced Americans that libraries, books, and reading are critical to our communities. Her passionate advocacy has done that nationwide for thousands of individual readers and library workers in the trenches at the local level. She has spread book lust via broadcasts to the nation on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and from local radio and TV outlets and through her blog posts and tweets. She has done it in hundreds of workshops and performances for library patrons, library staff at all levels, and small groups of readers who want to be with her to discuss what they’ve read and what they have written. She has taught the skills and techniques of collection development, readers’ advisory (RA), and booktalking to the LIS students at the University of Washington Information School, and honed RA skills across staffing lines in the public libraries of Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle.
Cites & Insights 11:1 (January 2011) is now available for downloading.
The 32-page issue is a PDF download as usual. HTML separates--or, in one case, PDF separate--are available for most essays; follow the links below.
This issue includes:
Bibs & Blather (pp. 1-2)
Interesting & Peculiar Products (pp. 2-9)
Sixteen products and eight roundups/Editors' Choices, from USB 3.0 to Windows 7 on an 11-year-old PC.
[Note: This link is to a 6x9" PDF.] Six aspects of most or all of the 1,304 liblogs in this massive study: How they're created (blogging software), where they're written (country of origin), how visible they are (Google Page Rank), when they began, how long they've lasted and currency (a timed snapshot of freshness of posts).
Observations, bits & pieces accumulated while reading during the year, by Sam Anderson, New York Magazine Book Editor.
Maybe it's something about tech geeks, or maybe it's just related to the self-interest of people and organisations whose particular strength lies in an ability to get a hold of other people's information. But it definitely seems like we're learning a lesson here: while information may want to be free, human beings are usually better off when it's on a leash.