November 22, 2017

Archives for December 2009

Springer Group, Second-Leading STM Publisher, Sold by/to Private Equity Firms

By Norman Oder Sale involves $146 million in cash and the transfer of $3.22 billion of debt. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Springer formed in 2003 Debt was refinanced New owners expected to invest in company Digital strategy continues The Berlin-based Springer Group, the world’s second-largest STM publisher, has been sold, […]

Unsettled: Questions about the Google Book SearchSettlement | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN Barbara Fister mulls the latest changes, and has some worries. When I first wrote about the Google’s effort to digitize major libraries back in 2005, I found my initial awe modified by both the inevitable legal challenges that would follow and by a number of practical […]

Not Textbooks. Think Curricular Resource Strategy, Part I | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA The textbook crisis on campus may open be opening up new opportunities, says Steven Bell Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Ask faculty what the number one complaint they hear from students is these days—besides the perennial “too much course work”—and they […]

As Finals Approach, Students De-Stress at Library Dance Parties

By Josh Hadro Flash mobs and raves, both loud and silent, have become something of a tradition at campus libraries Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Gatherings organized via Facebook Some library staffs prepared, add security Is stress relief a library concern? As students are consumed by final exams, many embrace their […]

The Ripple Effect: extending the library's reach

Listen to this: "The mission of the library is a transformational one." That’s what we are saying all the time at my library — we are a transformational agency. But the quote above isn’t from me; it’s from an article in the latest NextSpace from OCLC. The cover article, The Ripple Effect (Part 1: Extending […]

Why Branding Matters

Thought you’d enjoy this conversation with a local branding company that has done work with us. The company is Origo, and my two guests are Tommaso and Alessandro Ciaffoncini. Alessandro also shared with their branding process. Hope this gives you something to think about. Click here to download a readable version.

Universities of Alaska and Miami Receive Substantial Gifts

By Lynn Blumenstein $1M for Sen. Stevens collection, $2.36M endowed by alumna Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories BP gift to Alaska honors longest-serving Republican Senator New staff needed to prepare materials Miami endowment aims at community well-being The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is getting $1 million from oil giant BP […]

Digital Vampires, Zombie Books | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN Does Google want to suck Rupert Murdoch’s blood? Do undead books stalk the halls of academe? Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories As so often happens, two completely unrelated things that I’ve bumped into have started playing an odd two-part harmony. In this […]

Today You Are a University | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA In the end what divides colleges and universities, as well as their libraries, may be a matter of relativity Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories What’s the difference between a college and a university? You could certainly consult a dictionary, but some […]

CLIR Funds Documentation of "Hidden" Collections

By Lynn Blumenstein 14 institutions will catalog and register collections Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories "Hidden" collections to be processed, registered Collections are diverse, multiformatted Topics from 18th-century French pamphlets to current-day Los Angeles CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources, has awarded funding to 14 out of 91 proposals […]