v29 #2 April 2017 Table of Contents

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ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON

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

FEATURES

Rightsizing Access to Journals and Databases — Guest Editor, Robin Kinder

Rightsizing Access to Journals and Databases – p. 1
by Robin Kinder — Robin has collected seven articles that affirm the importance of serial review processes in an era of declining resources.

Data Informed and Community Driven: Using Data and Feedback Loops to Manage a Journal Review and Cancellation Project – p. 12
by Hilary M. Davis and Gregory K. Raschke — This article describes strategies to create data-informed, community-driven feedback loops and communication that fosters deeper engagement with the campus community at all levels.

Finding the Silver Lining… in the Serials Budget Crisis – p. 16
by M. Brooke Robertshaw, Michaela Willi Hooper and Kerri Goergen-Doll — Based on discussions with faculty, six lessons were learned that can guide ongoing practices and will hopefully help others.

Taking New Aim at an Old Problem: Serials Management at the University of Oregon Libraries – p. 19
by Mark R. Watson — Subject librarians must play an enhanced role in serials management with continual assessment and evaluation rather than the boom-or-bust cycle of serial review.

Journal Publishers’ Big Deals: Are They Worth It? – p. 22
by Stéphanie Gagnon — The Université de Montréal collections analysis project has resonated with other Canadian universities and is currently being implemented by 28 of them.

Divide and Analyze: GW’s Approach to Serials Cancellation – p. 24
by David Killian, Debbie Bezanson and Robin Kinder — Beginning in 2016, the George Washington University Libraries realized they had to make significant reductions in continuations costs over the next five years.

Big Deal Whack-A-Mole – p. 27
by Roy Ziegler — In the spring of 2015, cancellation of resources was on the table at FSU. The challenge of providing the most content at the most sustainable cost will never end.

Canceling Serials Based on their Availability in Aggregated Full-Text Databases – p. 30
by Anthony Raymond — This is about the SCU library experience regarding options for the significant immediate and long-term cost-savings academic libraries can achieve in response to a budget shortfall, or simply because the money saved can be put to better use.

Op Ed – p. 34
Carla Hayden, the American Library Association and Where We Go from Here by Steve McKinzie — Librarians of Congress have not always had ALA-accredited degrees. Is an ALA-accredited degree essential for the Librarian of Congress?

Back Talk – p. 78
The Most Beautiful Invention by Jim O’Donnell — Should the single taxonomy of the cataloging system always and everywhere determine how books are presented on library shelves? Knocking them out of call number order, even if only for a few months, may turn out to be good for them and good for our users. If that experiment seems fruitful, what else?

ATG INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

Charles Watkinson – p. 35
Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press

Eugene Garfield – p. 66
Remembering — The Passing of a Giant: Eugene Garfield Dies at 90 by Nancy K. Herther

Profiles Encouraged – p. 73
Our New Section in ATG — In this issue we have included profiles for nine of our feature authors, Charles Watkinson (our interviewee), plus seven library profiles, and one company profile for Michigan Publishing. Are you liking our new profiles encouraged section?

REVIEWS

Book Reviews – p. 41
Monograph Musings by Regina Gong — Reviewed this time are books by the following authors: Jesse Holden, Richard Jost, Nicole Brown, Kaila Bussert, Denise Hattwig, Ann Madaille, Rick Anderson, Melissa Hubbard, Robert Jackson and Arnold Hirshon.

Booklover – p. 44
Burnt by the Sun by Donna Jacobs — Among other things, this one’s about Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin who won the Nobel Prize in 1933.

From the Reference Desk – p. 45
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — Tom reviews The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States; The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies; and The Encyclopedia of Historical Warrior Peoples & Fighting Groups. Also included are his “extra servings!”

Collecting to the Core – p. 46
Portuguese Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Travessias by Suzanne M. Schadl — Books we need to keep in our collections.

LEGAL ISSUES

Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery

Cases of Note – p. 39
Punctilious for Punctuation by Bill Hannay — This one is about the Oxford comma. O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy case.

Questions and Answers – p. 39
Copyright Column by Laura N. Gasaway — Many relevant questions and answers. Is permission needed to use Google Map images?

PUBLISHING

Bet You Missed It – p. 10
by Bruce Strauch — What do 19th century newspapers and book thieves have in common? Read it here!

The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 49
Create or Buy? by Myer Kutz — Fascinating look at Wiley, Elsevier and Knovel from a real insider.

Random Ramblings – p. 50
Have Recent Trends in Collection Development Unfairly Penalized Foreign Literature Research? by Bob Holley — There are budget considerations all around these days and Bob points out that languages faculty and students use of the library should be studied.

And They Were There – p. 54
Reports of Meetings — Another batch of reports from the 2016 Charleston Conference by Ramune Kubilius and her team of reporters.

Don’s Conference Notes – p. 57
Celebrating Serendipity and Collaboration: Looking Back to Look Forward – The 2017 NFAIS Miles Conrad Lecture by Donald T. Hawkins — Judy Russell deserves loads of praise! This is about her lecture at NFAIS.

Little Red Herrings – p. 58
Is Intellectual Freedom At Risk? by Mark Y. Herring — For those of us who work in libraries, regardless of our political leanings, this, and the subsequent post-election behavior of some, should be disturbing.

BOOKSELLING AND VENDING

Future Through the Past – p. 52
A Quality Enhancement Plan for Belmont Abbey College, 2010-2015: Information Literacy + the Learning Commons by Donald Beagle — This is about Belmont Abbey’s QEP to enhance undergraduate information literacy knowledge and skill-sets.

Biz of Acq – p. 59
Implementing MD-SOAR, a Shared Consortial Repository by Michelle Flinchbaugh — A previous “Biz of Acq” column featured an article on the work necessary to move an IR concept from an idea to a pilot project for a shared digital repository. The two-year pilot project for implementing MD-SOAR began in 2015 and this article covers the implementation process.

Optimizing Library Services – p. 62
The OPAC by Edward Iglesias — A hopeful change to this status quo is the growth of open source systems which allow much more flexibility and local control.

Curating Collective Collections – p. 63
The PALCI Shared Print Program for Reference Back Runs, A Work in Progress by Amy M. McColl — Bob Kieft says he’s been following the work of his TriCollege colleagues over the years, including the reference sets project, and he’s glad that Amy agreed to write about it for this column.

Both Sides Now: Vendors and Librarians – p. 68
Customer Service Department by Michael Gruenberg — A well functioning customer service department means a successful business in any industry. And it all starts with the people on the phone who interact with the customers on a daily basis. Ain’t it the truth!

Let’s Get Technical – p. 69
Resource Management: Reorganizing to Reassess and Remain Sane by Sommer Browning and Katy DiVittorio — An organizational assessment revealed that Technical Services could be more successful, efficient, and communicative if the Acquisitions, Access & Discovery, and Assessment teams merged to form Resource Management.

TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS

To Blog or Not to Blog – p. 48
Librarian Bloggers by Pat Sabosik — Blogs are a gigantic virtual global commons. There are many of them that we need to be aware of whether we are new to the profession or old timers.

Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation – p. 72
The Undying Tweet by Michael P. Pelikan — Michael takes us back to early computer times to explore how technology has affected/influenced our writing.

 

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