Stepping back from sharing is the latest post from Kevin Smith and his Scholarly Communications @Duke blog. It’s a provocative piece in which Kevin takes Elsevier to task “about its new policies regarding author rights.” He claims that it is “a masterpiece of doublespeak, proclaiming that the company was “unleashing the power of sharing” while in fact tying up sharing in as many leashes as they could. This is a retreat from open access, and it needs to be called out for what it is.” According to Kevin, the main culprits are the embargoes on the self-archiving of final authors’ manuscripts that “are the principal feature of this new policy, and they are both complicated and draconian.”
- FORENSIC BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTION: tracking down troublesome citations and the problem of lost knowledge is the latest from Brian Matthews and his Ubiquitous Librarian blog. In his post, Brian highlights the problem of error prone, partial, and sometimes phony citations. His solution, or at least the solution of Tara Patterson a friend of Brian’s and an interlibrary loan librarian, is something that Tara calls forensic bibliographic reconstruction. Tara defines the process as “the use of Google Scholar (or other tools, usually in multiples and/or in creative ways) to track down missing or incorrect pieces of a bibliographic reference, due to printing errors or human errors in compiling Works Cited lists.”
Any librarian who has dealt with such references, which means practically all of us, will readily identify with the problems and examples that Tara offers.
- Managing Multiplicity | Library Systems Landscape 2015 provides a thoughtful overview from LJs Matt Ennis that explores the landscape confronting libraries that are contemplating a new integrated library systems (ILS). Matt examines a number of factors including “the impact of recent mergers, the continued adoption of next-generation library services platforms, the emergence of mobile-optimized staff clients, and new partnerships and feature development in the open source arena…”
- Visions of the future for academic publishing offers multiple looks into the crystal ball by the editors and publishers at Bio Med Central including:
* “Beyond the printed page” – Sabina Alam, Chief Editor, BMC Medicine;
* “Will writing articles be so important in the future?” – Andrea Melendez-Acosta, Associate Publisher
* “Results aren’t just for researchers” – Kathryn Wilson, Associate Publisher
* “Measuring the impact of research, not journals and articles”- Diana Marshall, Senior Managing Editor
- What’s the Matter with Ebooks? is the first blog post in a year from Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. In it, Dan makes a case for ebooks becoming predominant, and he thinks that it won’t take as long as some predict. Despite appreciating “the arguments about the native advantages of print” Dan thinks that print’s advantages won’t last forever. Looking forward he has a “hard time saying that the e-reading technology won’t be much better—perhaps even indistinguishable from print, and that adoption will be widespread.” And it may come faster than you think.