Submitted by Walt on May 11, 2011 - 10:49am
Submitted by birdie on May 3, 2011 - 12:52pm
Award-winning author and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl will begin writing a new monthly library-themed column for Publishers Weekly called “Check It Out” later this month. The first column will run in the May 30 issue of PW, the magazine's pre-ALA issue, as well as online at Publishers Weekly.
PW is now actively soliciting questions and comments for the “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl column. “If you care about libraries, if you care about books, we want to hear to hear from you” said PW features editor Andrew Richard Albanese. Questions, comments and ideas may be sent via e-mail to [email protected] or by regular mail to “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl, Publishers Weekly, 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1608, New York, NY 10010.
Submitted by Blake on April 15, 2011 - 8:00am
Journal tendering for societies: a brief guide
Hundreds of societies publish journals in collaboration with publishers. Some may be considering how and whether to renegotiate or go out to tender. Some may be considering whether they can/should/wish to change the business model of the journal (e.g. by a move to Open Access). Other societies may be considering using an external publisher for the first time. This guide, based on our experience, is written for all of these. In their negotiations with publishers learned societies – especially smaller ones – may have difficulty articulating their requirements and assessing the publishers’ offerings. This is true where they wish to compare the newer models with typical "conventional" models, or simply compare different conventional offerings. The reasons are complex and include: * lack of knowledge of the publishing industry on the part of the society's executive staff (who cannot always find the time to acquire the knowledge); * the "author/research funder pays" models, which, whilst becoming more prevalent in the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), appear (but may not actually be) rather less feasible in other domains. This guide draws on the experience of one learned society, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), in reviewing the publishing arrangements for its journal Research in Learning Technology, between September and December 2010.
Submitted by Walt on April 7, 2011 - 4:03pm
Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i5.pdf
The 44-page issue is PDF as usual, and consists of 1.5 essays. Each essay (or portion) is also available as an HTML separate; click on the essay titles. If this seems like an all-ebook issue, that's not intentional.
This issue includes:
Perspective: Writing about Reading (continued) pp. 1-16
This essay completes Perspective: Writing about Reading from the April 2011 C&I, with sections on how ebooks will (if you believe the authors) change reading and writing; "all singing! all dancing"--in which the only future for books is as multimedia extravaganzas; and writing about writing. It's snarkier than the first portion, even though it's been heavily desnarked.
The Zeitgeist: 26 is Not the Issue pp. 16-44
This abecedary goes from Absurd licenses to... Well, no, the topic is the only one truly suitable for the Zeitgeist label at the moment--HarperCollins, pay-per-view in some form, deals with the devil and what you lose when ownership turns to licenses.
If this one seems long, I'll note two things:
Submitted by birdie on March 30, 2011 - 1:09pm
For the first time, PW
will publish a special supplement ahead of this year's American Library Association's annual conference set for June 23-28 in New Orleans. The pre-ALA issue will be published May 30 and will include features on library funding, the e-book loan controversy and an overview of the meeting program, in addition to other pieces on the show. "Our subscribers have been telling us they want more coverage of the library market and the ALA supplement is part of our commitment to act on that request," said PW publisher Cevin Bryerman who will handle advertising inquiries at [email protected]
Andrew Albanese will be overseeing the supplement's editorial content and can be reached at [email protected]
Submitted by Walt on March 13, 2011 - 4:11pm
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on February 25, 2011 - 9:06am
By Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on February 15, 2011 - 3:53pm
Any article that has the word "kerfuffle" in it gets a mention in my blog. This one, happily, is even of interest and relevant.
Subscriptions for the Masses. Talks about Apple's just announced subscription model for content. From the New York Observer.
Submitted by Walt on February 12, 2011 - 12:34pm
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on February 9, 2011 - 8:43am
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.
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on February 9, 2011 - 8:16am
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Submitted by birdie on January 25, 2011 - 4:08pm
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."
Submitted by Blake on January 24, 2011 - 7:31am
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.
Submitted by Walt on January 16, 2011 - 1:27pm
Submitted by birdie on January 5, 2011 - 11:23am
LJ has chosen it's Librarian of 2011, and no surprise, it's the one and only Nancy Pearl.
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.
Submitted by Walt on December 20, 2010 - 3:59pm
Submitted by birdie on December 18, 2010 - 9:47am
Submitted by StephenK on November 29, 2010 - 12:33pm
The Economist has a short piece
posted about the most recent document dump from WikiLeaks
. A key quote:
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.
(h/t Glyn Moody)
Submitted by Jaclyn_McKewan on November 12, 2010 - 11:02am
Join the Western NY Library Resources Council and the Journal of Library Innovation for a free webinar on November 18th! Learn why JOLI was developed, the roles of the editorial team, and the editorial & peer review processes. Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/d3HlF5
Submitted by Walt on November 11, 2010 - 4:02pm