Mary Rose Muccie is moving from Director ITHAKA/ JSTOR’s Current Journals Scholarship Program to become Director of Temple University Press and Scholarly Communications Officer in Temple Libraries. Like wow! I understand that Mary Rose Muccie and Charles Watkinson (as of July 1 Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press –see May 5 Rumors from the ATG News Channel) are working on a proposal for the 2014 Charleston Conference. Have you finished yours yet?
Speaking of Temple University Press, Alex Holzman has retires from his role as Director of Temple University Press and plans to spend lots of time traveling. First up is Turkey which he left for this weekend! Alex was honored with a symposium at Temple University on March 24. The distinguished speakers included: Joseph Lucia, Dean of Temple University Libraries; Frank Smith, Director, Books at JSTOR; Monica McCormick, Digital Scholarly Publishing Officer, New York University Libraries and NYU Press; Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University and President, Social Science Research Council; and Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College at Amherst College. And did y’all read his final From the University Presses column in the February 2014 issue of ATG (p. 60ff) “Whither Library-University Press Partnerships” — What an upbeat and optimistic column about library and university press partnerships!
Speaking of Against the Grain, this time the April 2014 issue Op Ed – Little Red Herrings – p. 42
Is the Google Book Decision an Unqualified Good? by Mark Herring has caused comment! Kevin Smith in his Scholarly Communication @ Duke “On Copyright and Negligence” states that “Although its title asks a simple and moderate question — “Is the Google Books Decision an Unqualified Good?” — the article itself is quite extreme in its point of view and for the most part does not engage with the actual decision. Instead it is a hyperbolic diatribe about why we should all be afraid of Google; it ends with the assertion that ‘In a sense, we all work for Google now, free of charge.’ I have no clue what that means, but it is pretty clearly an exaggeration.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of points made in this op-ed that are prevalent enough to be worth discussing…
Of course Smith’s post goes on with his critique and legal analysis.