TABLE OF CONTENTS
v.22 #4 September 2010 © Katina Strauch
ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor. – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
Special Issue on Metrics — The Importance of Being Measured
Guest Editor, Peter Shepherd
Project COUNTER Special Issue on Metrics – p. 1 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
The Importance of Being Measured by Peter Shepherd — Peter’s collection of articles not only cover some of the most significant initiatives on new metrics for journals and the articles they contain, but also illustrate the growing importance of metrics in the evaluation of the status and impact of scholarly publications.
What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know – p. 18 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
by Gregory J. Gordon — We need better tools to know what research to read.
MESUR: A Survey of Usage-based Scholarly Impact Metrics – p. 20 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
by Johan Bollen – Scholarly assessment from citation data is subject to a number of limitations that originate from the inherent properties of citation data.
PIRUS2: Creating a Common Standard for Measuring Online Usage of Individual Articles – p. 26 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
by Paul Needham and Peter Shepherd – It no longer suffices to record and report usage level at the journal level.
SNIP Journal Impact Indicator Accounts for Differences in Citation Characteristics and Database Coverage Between Properly Defined Subject Fields – p. 34 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
by Henk F.Moed – A new citation-based indicator of journal impact is needed.
Op Ed — Opinions and Editorials – p. 40
Coping with an Unloved Database by Steve Shapiro — Think twice before cancelling a database simply based on poor usage statistics.
Trend Overload by Elaine Robbins — Some trends come and go but there is a place for traditional, tried-and-true methods of information management for libraries.
Back Talk – p. 86
Geese, Nuns, and Revenge: The Innovative Interface/OCLC Lawsuit by Tony Ferguson — This battle only adds to problems faced by libraries.
Reponse to Backtalk – p. 85
Geese, Nuns and Vengeance: The SkyRiver/OCLC Lawsuit by Leslie Straus — It shouldn’t be heresy to raise the issue of opening WorldCat to development by vendors other than OCLC.
John B. McHugh – p. 44
Publishing Advisor and Consultant
Bipin Patel – p. 46 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
CIO , ProQuest
Mike Arnold – p. 42
John B. McHugh – p. 46
From the Reference Desk – p. 49
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — This month Tom’s reviews include the Encyclopedia of of Religion in America, and A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests and Institutions.
Book Reviews – p. 50
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — In this issue, read about an array of topics: core collections for public libraries, readers’ advisory, and paying for library school.
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Cases of Note – p. 54 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
Lanham Act and Jurisdiction “Wish they all could be California … torts.” by Bruce Strauch — Mike Love v. Associated Newspapers, Ltd., Brian Wilson et al.
Questions and Answers – p. 55 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
by Laura Gasaway — A University professor wants to use his own personal Netflix streaming account to show an entire documentary in a face to face class? Can he do this or show part of the documentary in class? Lolly tells us!
Booklover – p. 52
Sustainability by Donna Jacobs — Donna uses the trends to buy local produce to discuss Pearl Buck and Wang Lung.
Biz of Acq – p. 56
Workflows in Paradise: eBooks, Acquisitions, and Cataloging by Antje Mays — Based on work at Winthrop University, Antje offers some possible approaches to planning for routine eBook purchases.
590: Local Notes – p. 60
Tenure for Academic Librarians: Why It Has to Go by Steve McKinzie — Steve argues that librarians and libraries are all about teamwork as opposed to the more individualistic nature of teaching faculty.
Group Therapy – p. 61
Print Monographs with Complimentary Online Access by Jack Montgomery — It has become increasingly common to receive print monographs which include complimentary online access. Has anyone established procedures for processing such monographs?
@Brunning: People & Technology – p. 62
At the only Edge that Means Anything/How We Understand What We Do by Dennis Brunning — Dennis explores the summer eBook world among other things …
And They Were There – p. 64
Reports of Meetings — More reports from the 2009 Charleston Conference plus a report from the Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Bet You Missed It – p. 12
by Bruce Strauch — What do old books and TV writers have in common? Read it here.
Under the Hood – p. 16
Transition by Xan Arch – Xan has a new job and she is looking forward to change!
Something To Think About – p. 53
Is It Time to Hang Up the Spurs? by Tinker Massey — How many times should one retire?
Issues in Vendor/Library Relations – p. 72
You Are Invited by Bob Nardini — This one’s about the timelessness of sales presentations.
Building Library Collections in the 21st Century – p. 74
Acquisitions Departments as Whirling Dervishes by Arlene Mooore Sievers-Hill — This is about spending money at the last minute, all of us acquisitions types know about that!
Library Perspective, Vendor Response – p. 75
by Robin Champieux and Steven Carrico — Should we trust vendors and publishers because they are about profits?
Notes from Mosier – p. 76
Reports from the Mountains by Scott A. Smith — This is about the 2009 and 2010 Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge.
Little Red Herrings – p. 77 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
A “Wall” By Any Other Name Remains Equally Insipid? by Mark Herring — What’s the age of social networkers and should we care?
As I See It – p. 78
Journal Pricing In An Electronic Environment by John Cox — Current journal pricing is based on the individual journal subscription price and even the Big Deal is based on a library’s print holdings.
Acquisitions Archaeology – p. 79
Year Two From Stratum to Strain by Jesse Holden — Jesse continues to plow through “classic” ATGs as he dubs them. Is it a history of our anxieties?
IMHBCO (In My Humble But Correct Opinion) – p. 80 FULL TEXT (Available to subscribers only)
Soup Kitchens and Superstores: An (Imperfect) Google Books Analogy by Rick Anderson — Rick spectulates on the outcome of the Google Book Settlement.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation – p. 14
“The Role of Agency in Content to Come” by Michael P. Pelikan — Michael attended the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics and that inspired him to explore a new reading experience.
Wandering the Web Wandering – p. 48
Reviews of Romance Novels: Online Sources for Evaluating Popular Fiction by Ellen Micheleletti — Did you know romance novels are the most popular form of genre fiction published in the United States?
I Hear the Train A Comin’ – p. 82
An Interview with Rick Johnson by Greg Tananbaum — Greg recently spoke with Rick about his new position as the Manager of Reference & Research Services, at KAUST.
Electronic Resource Management Standardization – p. 84 FULL TEXT (Subscribers Only)
Still A Mixed Bag by Todd Carpenter — Todd talks about ALA and a panel he was on. He also says that it is true that the squeaky wheel gets more grease.
Future Conference Dates – p. 12
Want dates? We have them. Future Charleston Conference dates through 2013 can be found here!
Consistent Squeeze – p. 32
by Gary Geer — This used to be the way to figure out how many books a library had in a specific subject area!