December 17, 2014

Nature Allows Article Sharing—With Restrictions

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In what at first looked to be a decisive move in the direction of open access (OA), Nature Publishing Group announced December 2 that it would officially adopt two initiatives that would provide access to articles previously available exclusively by subscription. But the new features come with restrictions that many see as a nod to OA in name only, and Nature News quickly corrected its initial headline, which read “Nature Makes All Articles Free to View”—but not before it was picked up by a number of news and social media outlets.

Serendipitous Discovery: Is it Getting Harder? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Few would argue against the value of serendipitous discovery, especially when it happens in the library. Is it possible that the evolution of libraries and related technology is making it less likely?

Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project

A new partnership between BiblioTech (the all-digital public library in Bexar County, Texas that opened 15 months ago) and the San Antonio Housing Authority will establish a new BiblioTech branch (BiblioTech West) in the Gardens at San Juan Square public housing project. From MySanAntonio.com/Express-News: The facility will be the second walk-in branch for Bexar BiblioTech. […]

Melville House To Release the Senate Torture Report December 30

Melville House To Release the Senate Torture Report December 30

Melville House, an independent publisher distributed by Random House, will publish the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program” on Tuesday, December 30. Titled The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (ISBN 9781612194851. $16.95), the book will be available in both print and digital formats. The report was officially […]

Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has ‘Chilling Effects’ in Online Creative Publishing

From Georgia Tech: Online content creation has become easier than ever and is quickly reaching parity with content consumption. From writing a blog or social media post to letting an app turn your photos into a video montage, anyone with an Internet connection can publish these creations with the click of a button. But in […]

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations

Salt Lake City Library by CGP Grey

When the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year in 2006, then-director Nancy Tessman asserted that “the building reflects the idea of an open mind.” SLCPL’s newest proposal—to keep its main branch open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—will put that concept to the test.

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens! (Roundup)

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens!  (Roundup)

Here’s a roundup of some news coverage along with some resources to learn more about the new library. Congrats to all of those involved in making it a reality. 1. From The Canadian Press: The new Halifax Central Library officially opened its doors to the public today. At an estimated cost of $57.6 million the […]

France: Agreement Signed to Facilitate E-Lending in French Public Libraries

From an IFFRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations Announcement: An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries. Twelve recommendations are set out in the agreement in order to make available digital editorial output within and outside the public libraries’ premises while ensuring fair remuneration for […]

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Amed Demirhan

Amed Demirhan

In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Amed Demirhan, who in 2011 revitalized the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa, a largely rural state on Nigeria’s northeast border. Within a year of his arrival, […]

Creating the Future of Ebooks | Peer to Peer Review

Wayne Biven-Tatum

In my last two columns I explored what I called the “mess of ebooks” and explained what I want from library ebooks. In this column I want to discuss a possible future that could be good for libraries and for publishers. Right now everything is in flux. Publishers are understandably wary of selling Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free ebooks to libraries, and the patron driven acquisition (PDA) model some libraries want might not be sustainable for publishers. Libraries are struggling to buy books at all. The library ebook market is in a state of flux. There’s opportunity in chaos, though, and the opportunity here is to create a future that’s good for everyone, from publishers to library users.

EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data

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Students’ confidence radically mismatches librarians’ assessment of their skills, two reports from EasyBib conclude, particularly in website evaluation, paraphrasing and direct quotation. Also, students are using the open web less often they were two years ago, and dramatically more librarians are stressing the role of faculty in promoting information literacy. The first report, Trends in Information Literacy: A Comparative View, was published in May 2014; the second, Perspectives on Student Research Skills in K-12 and Academic Communities, came out the following October; taken together, the two reveal some thought-provoking data on information literacy across the country.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Buthod retired as Director of the Louisville Free Public Library, KY; Kate Nevins announced her retirement as Executive Director at LYRASIS, Jennifer Wann is now Director, Bolivar County Library System, Cleveland, MS; and more people news from the December 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, December 2014 Issue

Speaking up about sexual harassment; librarianship as a second career; to warn or not to warn; what’s wanted from ebooks, and more letters to the editor from the December 2014 issue of Library Journal.

California: Driving New Toyota Priuses Fresno County Librarians Leave The Branch Behind, Hit The Road

From the Fresno Bee: Seven Fresno County librarians are fanning out in brand new Toyota Priuses to meet one-on-one with business owners or nonprofits, attend community events and inform the public about free services the library system offers. The Library Without Walls (WoW!) program has been under way for about nine months but reached full staffing in […]

Repair or Replace ALA/APA!: Professional organization or tax dodge? | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

The American Library Association’s (ALA)Allied Professional Association (APA) recently sent a message to the members of the ALA Council and other “member leaders.” With the help of Al Kagan, who represents ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table on Council, we saw the message and were reminded that since APA’s founding in 2001, we have never fully understood what it is or does, whether it is a real association or just a tax dodge.