V26 #5 Table of Contents


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


Library Roles with Textbook Affordability — Guest Editor, Charles Lyons

Library Roles with Textbook Affordability – p. 1
by Charles Lyons — Librarians are reassessing their stance on purchasing access to textbooks.

Spreading the Word, Building a Community: Vision for a National Librarian OER Movement – p. 14
by Nicole Allen, Steven Bell and Marilyn Billings — The time is right for a national OER movement.

Getting Faculty into the Fight: The Battle Against High Textbook Costs – p. 18
by Ann Agee and Christina Mune — For faculty, there are many challenges to replacing traditional, commercially-published textbooks with alternative learning materials.

Library Publishing of Open Textbooks: The Open SUNY Textbooks Program – p. 22
by Kate Pitcher — The OST program is a collaboration of nine SUNY libraries, made up of community colleges, undergraduate comprehensives, and one research university.

The Michigan State University Course Materials Program: Packing Up Your Textbook Troubles with Course Packs – p. 26
by Tyler Smeltekop — The Michigan State University Course Materials Program, a part of the MSU libraries, exists to assist faculty with the entire process of course pack creation and production.

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go – p. 30
Internet2/EDUCAUSE E-textbook Pilot Projects, a Collaborative Venture with Textbook Publishers and Academic Institutions by Monica Metz-Wiseman — This article explores a possible solution through the efforts of academic institutions working in conjunction with major textbook publishers in three e-textbook pilots.

TextSelect: Purchasing Textbooks for Library Reserves – p. 34
by David Gibbs and Jessica Bowdoin — In order to alleviate high textbook costs encountered by students, George Mason has begun TextSelect.  They emailed department heads whose courses had books on reserve and emphasized TextSelect’s value not just as a substitute for buying required textbooks, but also as a supplement for students who already owned the textbook.

The UCLA Libraries Affordable Course Materials Initiative: Expanding Access, Use, and Affordability of Course Materials – p. 38
by Sharon E. Farb and Todd Grappone — In 2013, the UCLA Library launched the Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) which incentivizes instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials.

Op Ed — Opinions and Editorials – p. 42
Do We Need Two Library Landing Pages? by David Nelson — Library Websites tend to leave a lot to be desired.  Is change in the future?

IMHBCO (In My Humble But Correct Opinion) – p. 78
Local and Global, Now and Forever: A Matrix Model of “Depth Perception” in Library Work by Rick Anderson — Our functions are local and global, short- term and long-term, just-in-time and just-in-case.

Back Talk – p. 110
Are Seeds for the Birds or Libraries? by Tony Ferguson — While discovering what unique things libraries are lending to their patrons, Tony urges us to remember the basics.


Gilles de La Rouchefoucauld – p. 44

Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour – p. 48

Anthea Stratigos – p. 53

David McCune, Jason Hoyt, and Peter Binfield – p. 55


Jessica Bowdoin – p. 12

David Gibbs – p. 18

Kate Pitcher – p. 24

Tyler Smeltekop – p. 28

Steven Bell – p. 32

Gilles de La Rochefoucauld – p. 40

Anthea C. Stratigos – p. 52

Jason Hoyt – p. 59

David McCune – p. 60

Peter Binfield – p. 62

Pub Profile – AMALIVRE – p. 46

Pub Profile – Outsell, Inc – p. 54

Pub Profile – SAGE Publications – p. 58

Pub Profile – PeerJ – p. 61


Academic Library Streaming Video: Key Findings from the National Survey – p. 73
by deg farrelly and Jane Hutchison — In Spring 2013 the authors developed and distributed a survey designed to collect information on the status of streaming video in academic libraries.

Chromebook or Surface Pro for the Library Enterprise? – p. 76
ASU Libraries Mobile Technology Test Pilot by Mimmo Bonanni and Dennis Brunning — Last fall 2013, the Informatics and Cyber-infrastructure Services department at ASU Libraries, asked librarians (the authors) to investigate librarian technology needs in today’s mobile workflow.


From the Reference Desk – p. 64
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — Tom reviews SAGE’s Encyclopedia of Health Communication, IGI Global’s third edition of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, ALA’s Guide to Reference in Business and Economics, and much more.

Book Reviews – p. 66
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — This month, consider digital assets, digital access, and open access institutional repositories.

Collecting to the Core – p. 68
Evolution for Everyone by Louise F. Deis — Books we need to keep in our collections.

Media-Centered – p. 70
More Docs to Watch by Winifred Fordham Metz — A second installment of documentaries to watch in no particular order.

Booklover – p. 83
#nobelliteraturelaureates by Donna Jacobs Donna tells us what Björnsterne Björnsen, the Norwegian author who was awarded the third Nobel Prize for Literature in 1903 and twitter have in common.


Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery

Cases of Note – p. 80
Sometimes it’s Not a Federal Action by Bruce StrauchBorden vs. Katzman

Questions and Answers – p. 80
Copyright Column by Laura Gasaway — As always, Lolly answers many intriguing questions and this time one is about Happy Birthday to you.

Legally Speaking — Decoder Ring – p. 82
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Joins Forces with Libraries by Jerry Spiller — Banned book week has ended but how about banned comics?


Digital Conversations – p. 84
“Our Library Needs to Change…” by Paul Chilsen and Todd Kelley — An interesting look at how to balance current needs with those of the past and the future.

From a University Press – p. 86
Taking Special Collections Digital by Leila W. SalisburyLeila is enthusiastic about the launch of an ASERL/DPLA collection of agricultural resources, ranging from diaries to business ledgers and from field notes to photographs.

Biz of Acq – p. 88
Setting the Stage: Scenario Planning for Acquisitions by Tonia Graves and Rob Tench — The Monographic and Serials Acquisitions staffs at Old Dominion University are currently immersed in a dual role — functioning in a 2015 world while preparing for a 2030 one!

The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 87
Materials Properties Data by Myer KutzMyer warns that it does take a village to produce comprehensive materials properties data.

Random Ramblings – p. 90
One Small Step for Smashwords, One Giant Leap for Self-publishing (Perhaps) — Self-published materials apparently remain second class citizens though most readers don’t care about or even notice who the publisher is.  They care about authors, and many self-published authors are quite popular.  Bob says maybe the tipping point for self-published materials is farther away than he thought.

And They Were There – p. 92
Reports of Meetings — More reports from the 2013 Charleston Conference by Ramune Kubilius and her crack team of reporters.


Bet You Missed It – p. 10
by Bruce Strauch — What do hamburgers and gimlets have in common?  Read about it here!

Analyze This – p. 98
Usage and Your Collection — Google and Wikipedia: How They Form Expectations for Digital Discovery by Kate Lawrence and Deirdre Costello — Google and Wikipedia represent a successful pattern of information-seeking that works seamlessly for today’s users.

Curating Collective Collections – p. 100
What Exactly Are We Retaining When We Retain That Book? Part One. by Bob Kieft — Do academic libraries exist just to preserve the cultural record?

Notes from Langlois – p. 102
Epilogue to Thoughts on Sustainability by Scott Alan Smith — Langlois must now demonstrate the value of consolidation to their voters.

Little Red Herrings – p. 103
Here’s looking at You, Selfie by Mark Y. Herring — We hear all sorts of “stuff” about privacy and First Amendment rights only to watch the Internet make roadkill of both on the information superhighway.

I Hear the Train A Comin’ – p. 104
Of Ecosystems and Stakeholders by Greg Tananbaum — We are looking forward to the panel in Charleston 2014 called “Let’s talk: Bringing Many Threads Together to Weave the Scholarly Information Ecosystem.”


Blurring Lines – p. 8
eBooks and DRM: A Legitimate Defense of Author Rights, or a Publisher-Imposed Impediment in Defense of a Troubled Business Model by David Parker — Why haven’t pricing models within the DRM-regime emerged that expand the effective consumer-base of the knowledge?

Standards Column — COUNTER Online Metrics – p. 105
Usus — A New Community Website on Usage by Peter T. Shepherd and Anne Osterman — Usus will be a new community Website editorially independent of COUNTER.

Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation – p. 106
“I didn’t sign that. Wait, did I?” by Michael P. PelikanMichael asserts that we need to draw a distinction between that information that might be regarded by the “reasonable person” (a legal construction) to be public information, and that which, say, a business can keep as part of its internal records.

ONIX and More: EDItEUR’s Standards in the Library Supply Chain – p. 107
by Tim DevenportTim introduces us to the intricate international standards that are impacting our industry.


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