RUMORS from the ATG NewsChannel 3/9/15

katinaBy Katina Strauch

Be sure and read Nancy Herther’s excellent online article at the ATG News ChannelB&T, EBSCO, YBP…..More Changes To Distribution Channels.” Nancy explores some initial reactions from inside the trade to the purchase of YBP by EBSCO.

The print February issue of ATG is being mailed even as we speak. Sorry sorry sorry for the delay. In the print issue,  I mention that I used to play the piano. As many of you know, I don’t spend time on Facebook. But I did see this relevant post from the awesome Sue Vazakas of Johns Hopkins. She asked for “likes” or posts about “did a music teacher made a difference in my life.” I had several piano teachers since my parents moved every year or so. Piano and the metronome and the teacher were big influences in my life. Interesting, that there were gaillions of likes on this post.

Heard from Steve Oberg that NASIG and SSP will have a Joint Meeting on Information Policies May 27, 2015. “Evolving Information Policies & Their Implications: A Conversation for Librarians & Publishers” will be held on May 27th, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia (DC) on the first day of each organization’s annual conference. Attendees will learn about public policy issues ranging from open access, grant funder submission and publication requirements, management and preservation of data sets, to access for the print disabled, intellectual property, copyright law and fair use. Three expert speakers will address these topics. Jayne Marks, Vice President ofPublishing, Wolters Kluwer will represent the publishing perspective.  T. Scott Plutchak, formerly Director of the Lister Hill Library of Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and now Director, Digital Data Curation Strategy at the same institution, will address the librarian viewpoint.  Caitlin Tresande, Head of Research Policy, Digital Science and Senior Strategy Editor for Nature will provide the vendor perspective.

In addition, two speakers who are intellectual property and copyright experts will share their knowledge and opinions.

The entire day will have ample opportunities for audience questions and will conclude with a wrap up panel with all five speakers sharing their predictions and responding to questions.

Registration for the event will open on the websites of both organizations in March.  NASIG offers no competing programming, but SSP will also offer preconference seminars on the same day.

The vivaciously energetic Lynda Kellam is interviewing candidates for ALA President and the first two interviews are up. One is with James (Jamie) LaRue, former Director of the Douglas County Library in Colorado.  Since January of 2014, Mr. LaRue has been an independent writer, speaker, and consultant and CEO of LaRue & Associates. The second is with Joe JanesAssociate Professor and Chair, MLIS Program, University of Washington Information School.

Thanks to Lynda, and of course, Jamie and Joe for these great interviews!

Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management at OCLC has been selected as the new President of the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) Board of Directors. She  has twenty years of experience in information services. She will begin a one-year term and was introduced in her new role at the 2015 NFAIS Annual Conference in February. 

Here’s hoping that Winter is over and we will have Spring weather soon! It has even been cold in Charleston!

 

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