November 21, 2017

Archives for May 2014

Opening the Books: Arfon Smith on How Easy Peer Review can Turn Repositories into Journals

In recent years, players from many corners of the publishing and research fields have been asking what can be done to make journal articles more affordable and accessible. For Arfon Smith, a co-founder of the citizen science site Zooniverse and now resident “science guy” at Github, the question he and a few collaborators wanted to answer was more basic—what makes a journal article, and how can that process be simplified? As an answer, or at least the beginning of one, Smith and his colleagues built The Open Journal, a software prototype built on top of the arXiv, an open physics research repository, that lets researchers and peer reviewers discuss edits inside a browser-based system and publish the results.

HighWire Press Becoming Standalone Biz: Private Equity Firm Accel-KKR Will Own Majority Interest, Stanford Will Have Minority Position

Update: Along with the news below Highwire Press has just launched a redesigned homepage with a new URL. The “old” homepage URL (highwire.stanford.edu) will automatically redirect to you to the “new” one (home.highwire.org). Just in. Stanford U./Stanford University Libraries will no longer be in control of the HighWire Press business. HighWire Press, Inc. will be […]

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

What’s So Sacred About Privacy? | Peer to Peer Review

I heard a couple of very interesting presentations this spring given by extremely smart people on ways that libraries can do more with data to improve the user experience, help students succeed, and make a case for the value of libraries. Last week, a group of brave speakers decided to start their slide presentation with a cow and conclude with a grilled steak, asking us to consider whether it was time to finally tackle this library sacred cow: privacy.

North Carolina and Massachusetts: More Interesting Statewide Ebook Partnerships Involving BiblioBoard

Last week we pointed out a new and very interesting partnership between the State Library of Arizona and BiblioBoard. The two organizations will work together to obtain content, which the State Library will own and BiblioLabs will host. In addition to hosting commercially available eBooks about Arizona, BiblioBoard will include a self-publishing module for local […]

Book Returns | Product Spotlight

The humble book drop is often one of the more heavily used pieces of equipment in the library, but these sturdy repositories are easy to take for granted unless they aren’t doing the job right. This month’s product spotlight takes a look at devices available from three of the top book return manufacturers in North America.

Learning From the World’s Greatest Leaders | Leading from the Library

Fortune’s Greatest Leaders List is one of its special reports that I look forward to, not only for the satisfaction of seeing who made the list but also to see what new nuggets of inspiration can be drawn from the profiles. You rarely find profiles of the greatest leaders all in one space. I admit to being curious about what makes them great and what wisdom those profiles might offer.

Hoopla Plans to Add Ebooks to Platform Later This Year

From Today’s Announcement: Midwest Tape today announced that eBooks will be added to its hoopla digital platform later this year. [Clip] hoopla digital’s transactional-based model allows for all eBook titles to be available all the time, with the publisher being compensated each time a title is read. “All titles are available 24 hours a day, […]

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.

Mission Bell Media Moves Ahead with Mission | PubCrawl

Mission Bell Media (MBM), a new publisher with a laser-like focus on leadership, took one step further into the public eye, debuting its official website on April 22. MBM is the brainchild of veteran academic publisher Rolf Janke, who founded SAGE Reference, an imprint of SAGE Publications, in 2001 and led it from three titles to nearly 300 over the course of a dozen years. Mission Bell Media combines Janke’s two passions: his own longtime study of what creates compelling leaders and his 30-plus years in academic publishing, which, he said, gave him a unique perspective on librarians leading change in academic libraries and paving the way for the next generation.