Noticed that Kevin Smith posted an update to the lawsuit between the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and the Duke University Press. The SSHA wanted to terminate its long relationship with Duke University Press for its journal Social Science History. A North Carolina District Court issued a summary judgment based on the documents presented by both parties. The Court found that the Association is free to find another publisher. The Court also found that the Press was not in breach of contract or committing copyright infringement when it published the journal electronically. This is an interesting case in more ways than one. We don’t normally see two respected institutions in Court, do we? Will the Association sell the journal to a commercial entity or engage a commercial entity to help in its publication?
Check out Kevin’s origin article on the lawsuit: More than meets the eye
An article from the July 2014 Journal of the Medical Library Association was shared with Against the Grain: Breaking inertia: increasing access to journals during a period of declining budgets: a case study, by Rick Fought.
Freely available on PMC
This article discusses a one-year pilot pay-per-view study. The study at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) seemed to yield desirable results and the PPV program will be expanded moving forward. PPV has drawbacks and is available from publishers in various iterations, but is an alternative to expensive subscriptions in a time of decreasing library budgets and increasing end user needs.
It has been noted by more than one person that I am not a social media aficionado. I was, therefore, shocked when LinkedIn sent a message that noted that I had been at the College of Charleston for 35 years! Gosh! Has it been that long? Thanks to all the friends who congratulated me!
Meanwhile, while I was on LinkedIn I learned a few tidbits. Technologist extraordinaire Robert H. McDonald (Associate Dean for Library Technologies at Indiana Unversity, Bloomington) is now Program Steering Committee Member at HathiTrust Digital Library. Todd Carpenter is celebrating 8 very productive years at NISO. Experienced publishing systems executive Nicholas Weir-Williams is celebrating 9 years at Publishing Technology, Stephen Clark is celebrating 27 years at the College of William and Mary! Whew! Congratulations to all!
One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is Barbara Meyers Ford who has been in publishing and society management for 40 years.Barbara used to run one of the very best panels during the early Charleston Conferences (1989-2002). In fact, Barbara established a Publishers Panel for the Charleston Conference and served as moderator and speaker for 11 conferences. She was Barbara Meyers back then. Anyway, the divine Ms. Barbara recently sent a link to an Infographic which features the most popular books of all time.
“So many books, so little time.” -Frank Zappa
Speaking of the best and the most popular, my husband Bruce ran into this article from The Telegraph the other day. It’s a list of the most spectacular libraries in the world. Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal; the Liyuan Library, Jiaojiehe, China; The Glasgow School of Art Library, Scotland; Mafra Palace Librray, Portugal; Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France; The Tripitaka Koreana, Haeinsa Temple, South Korea; Admont Abbey Library, Austria; Shiba Ryotaro Museum, Osaka, Japan; Wiblingen Abbey Library, Germany; The Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford; The George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland; The Theological Hall, Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic; The Escorial Library, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain; Altenburg Abbey Library, Austria; Biblioteca Malatestina, Cesena, Italy; Cottbus Library, Germany. There are lots of comments about libraries that were not included but the comments are now closed. And it’s great to know that libraries are in the media.
Last but not least — The Charleston Conference sched.org website is up! This allows you to plan which sessions you will attend in November! And Tom Gilson asked me to remind everyone that once again we will combine the posters sessions with a cash bar “Happy Hour” on Thursday and Friday. Over thirty posters covering new projects and current issues will be on display. Check out the poster sessions schedule for full descriptions and other details.