v25 #6 December 2013 – January 2014 Table of Contents


Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p.  6


eBook Platforms for Academic Librarians
Guest Editor, Audrey Powers

eBook Platforms for Academic Libraries – p.  1
by Audrey Powers — The goal of this series of papers is to provide an overview of current eBook platforms and to speculate on where they might be headed in the future.

eBook Platforms: Lessons Learned from Managing Multiple Providers – p. 12
by Trey Shelton, Tara Cataldo, and Amy Buhler — Gives an overview of multiple eBook platforms from the perspective of a large academic library.

eBook Lending Platforms – p. 22
by John Novak — For the purposes of this article, the definition of an eBook lending platform is one that contains eBooks from multiple publishers that patrons may browse and checkout.

eBook Aggregators:  A Primer – p. 28
by Deborah Lenares — Most large publishers now have their own proprietary platforms, and also license their books through multiple aggregators.

Commercial Publisher eBook Platforms – p. 30
by Cris Ferguson — For the purposes of this analysis, a commercial eBook publisher is defined as a publisher whose eBook platform contains primarily its own content.

University Press eBook Platforms:  A Brief Overview – p. 32
by Mark Johnson — In this article, Mark examines several of the leading university press eBook platforms, including “the big three” – Johns Hopkins’ Project MUSE, Oxford’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), and JSTOR – as well as BiblioVault, Cambridge Books Online, ebrary, and the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.

Op Ed – p. 38
Inadvertent Innovation by Joe EspositoJoe says the moral is “don’t just invest in your core business; invest in capabilities.”

The Charleston Conference Continues – p. 78
Getting to No: Calling for an End to Contention by James Bunnell, Jill Emery, Michael Levine-Clark, Emily McElroy, Anne McKee, and Mary Page — This editorial is about the first keynote during the 33rd Charleston Conference.

Sprite – p. 26
A Poem by James Nicholas

Save the Date: NASIG 29th Annual Conference – p. 43

Core Competencies of Electronic Resources Librarians Adopted as NASIG Policy – p. 76


Thoughts on the AHA Statement on Embargoes and Dissertations – p. 52
by Steven (Steve) Escar Smith — The American Historical Association has released a statement about young scholars’ embargoes and their dissertations which concerns Steve


Kurt Sanford – p. 44
Chief Executive Officer, ProQuest

Benjamin Shaw – p. 48
Chief Operating Officer, Edanz


Kurt Sanford – p. 45

Benjamin Shaw – p. 49

Publisher Profile — ProQuest – p.  46

Publisher Profile — Edanz – p. 50


From the Reference Desk – p. 34
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — In this issue Tom reviews Culture Wars in America: an Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and VoicesThe 50 StatesFrom Suffrage to the Senate: America’s Political Women an Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes & Issues, and much more.

Book Reviews – p. 37
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — This month, explore street lit RA.

The Peripatetic Browser – p. 37
by James N. R. Walser — A Book Review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan.


Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery

Legally Speaking – p. 41
Google Books Case Ends, Not With a Bang but a Simper by William M. Hannay

Questions and Answers – p. 42
Copyright Column by Laura GasawayLolly answers questions about sound recordings, student-created manuals, and oral histories.


The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 53
The PROSE Awards by Myer Kutz — The PROSE Awards are given by the AAP and Myer has many insights.

Blurring Lines – p. 56
Business Models and Funding Models for Open Access eBooks: We Have Only Just Left the Starting Line by David ParkerDavid asserts the need for an as yet undiscovered revenue-generating business model for open access eBook publishing.

Biz of Acq – p. 61
PDA, eBooks, Print Books Usage and Expenditures: Knowledge Ecosystem Remix by Antje Mays — A look at print and eBook usage at Winthrop University. Despite the novelty and convenience of eBooks, demand for print books remains high.

And They Were There – p. 65
Reports of MeetingsThis month Ramune Kubilius has covered the 2013 CAMA Medical History Symposium for us.


Bet You Missed It – p. 8
by Bruce Strauch — What do grave robbers and soccer hooligans have in common?  Read about it here!

Notes from Langlois – p. 8
Prelude to Thoughts on Sustainability by Scott Alan Smith — An update on happenings at Langlois public library and the need for sustainability.

Booklover – p. 40
Bellow and “The Dean’s December” by Donna Jacobs — Many are those who have lost their lives in libraries.

Changing Library Operations – p. 54
MOOCs Some Thoughts from Library Experience by Allen McKiel and Jim DooleyJim and Allen draw some interesting patterns between the development of MOOCs and e-journals.

Little Red Herrings – p. 64
We Have Met the Enemy, And He Is Us by Mark Y. HerringMark thinks we should be more open-minded for our survival as a profession.

Collection Management Matters – p. 66
Selecting Books on the Side by Glenda AlvinGlenda says all you need are a few trusted places that you can turn to for quality reviews.

Hidden Collections – p. 67
Are There “Hidden Collections” in Special Collection Libraries? by Allison Day — A new column in which Allison will be addressing hidden collections.

Collecting to the Core – p. 69
Milton Studies and Surprised by Sin by Cecile M. Jagodzinski — Books we need to keep in our collections.

Analyze This: Usage and Your Collection – p. 72
Usage Statistics at the Point of Need: Developing a Collaborative Electronic Usage Statistics Program by Anita K. Foster — This article describes the process developed and still in use at Illinois State University’s  Milner Library.

Curating Collective Collections – p. 74
Data for Collection Assessment at a More Granular Level: ICON As An Example by Amy Wood — As a community, we must develop best practices for curating collective collections.


Decoder Ring – p. 57
Collaboration is King in Cartozia by Jerry Spiller — A new column focusing on the intersection of libraries and newer digital narrative forms.  This month it’s Cartozia Tales.

Wandering the Web – p. 58
Sociocultural Hobby Sites: Acquisition and Decoration of Dollhouses and Miniature Displays as a Fun Educational Tool by Lesley Montgomery — Acquiring and creating miniature displays can be a learning tool, teaching collectors much about our current culture and the history of past decades.


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