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Y’all Come Back!

On November 9, 2013 By

Another Charleston Conference has ended, and it was highly successful.  There were about 300 more attendees than last year, and the sessions (at least the ones I attended) were well attended.

The 2014 Charleston Conference will be held on November 5-8.  Mark your calendars NOW and plan to attend it.

I wish all the readers [...]


Hyde Park Corner Debate

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The debate topic was Resolved:  The current system of scholarly publishing, whereby publishers receive content for free and then sell it back to libraries at a high price, must fundamentally change.

Jean-Claude Guédon, University of Montreal, took the pro position; Rick Anderson, University of Utah was opposed.  The audience voted before and after the debate, [...]



Two years ago, Charles knew only that textbooks were too expensive for students, and the library did not purchase them.  Then the Provost established an “innovation fund”, and the library submitted a proposal for an e-textbook initiative.  The library would have the advantage of leveraging its buying power for reduced pricing on e-textbooks as [...]



Bucknell University, a private liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, was an early adopter of OCLC WorldShare.  WorldCat is their catalog and discovery interface.  The library has eliminated its approval plan and moved to an entire patron-driven access (PDA) model for acquisitions.  They were very happy with their approval plan but it was not [...]


The Long Arm of the Law

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(Bruce Strauch read the presentation of Bill Hannay, Schiff Hardin, LLC, who could not attend.  Bill’s presentation was on some recent notable court cases affecting libraries.)

In the Apple lawsuit, the government charged Apple with conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices. The publishers settled for $155 million.

Google was sued by publishers and [...]



The following 15 producers of new and innovative products gave brief presentations of their product:

ACSESS (Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies) Digital Library

Bowker International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)


Elsevier Reference Models on Science Direct

Harvard University Press Dictionary of American Regional English

McGraw-Hill [...]