Against The Grain Linking librarians, publishers and vendors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:30:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 109008383 ATG Book of the Week: Houghton Library at 75 A Celebration of Its Collections Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:31:32 +0000 Title: Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of Its Collections
Editors: Heather Cole and John Overholt
Paperback: ISBN 9780674980082, $25.00 • £19.95 • €22.50
Imprint: Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library, May 2017

“Houghton Library―the primary repository for Harvard University’s rare books, manuscripts, and much more―celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017. Houghton’s holdings span nearly the entire history of the written word, from papyrus to the laptop. This anniversary volume presents a snapshot of the unique items that fill the library’s shelves.

From miniature books composed by a teenage Charlotte Brontë to a massive medieval manuscript hymnbook; from the plays of Shakespeare to costume designs for Star Trek; and from the discoveries of Copernicus to the laptops of twenty-first century writers, the selections celebrate great achievements in many and diverse fields of human endeavor. For the first time, readers will be able to tour the Houghton Library collection―which draws thousands of visitors from around the world each year―from home, with full-color illustrations.”

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ATG Quirkies: If You Can’t Talk To Your Fridge Is Your Language Dying? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:15:07 +0000 According this post from the AP, a language more than a thousand years old is at risk. It seems that Icelandic is not only being undermined by the widespread use of English, even worse, computers and robots can’t grasp it.

Since Iceland became fully independent from Denmark in 1944, both politicians and purists have promoted the need to foster and preserve the language. But the odds against them are growing.  The final straw? “Icelandic ranks among the weakest and least-supported language in terms of digital technology – along with Irish Gaelic, Latvian, Maltese and Lithuanian – according to a report by the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance assessing 30 European languages…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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ATG Newschannel Original: The Future Of Academic Publishing – Part 2: The Academy Foments A Revolution Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:09:02 +0000 by Nancy K. Herther

(This is part 2 of a 2 part series.  Here is the link to Part 1.)

Back in 2003, a group of academics created the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, focusing on the role of Open Access in providing a foundation for ‘‘new possibilities of knowledge dissemination“ that will provide the foundation for ‘‘a comprehensive source of human knowledge and cultural heritage that has been approved by the scientific community. In order to realize the vision of a global and accessible representation of knowledge, the future Web has to be sustainable, interactive, and transparent. Content and software tools must be openly accessible and compatible.” This declaration has since been endorsed by nearly 600 organizations, universities and libraries across the world. This has since been called “one of the milestones of the Open Access movement.”

The declaration also outlined the pathways that supporting organizations would be using in their transition to a new age of scholarly publishing:

  • “encouraging our researchers/grant recipients to publish their work according to the principles of the open access paradigm.
  • encouraging the holders of cultural heritage to support open access by providing their resources on the Internet.
  • developing means and ways to evaluate open access contributions and online-journals in order to maintain the standards of quality assurance and good scientific practice.
  • advocating that open access publication be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluation.
  • advocating the intrinsic merit of contributions to an open access infrastructure by software tool development, content provision, metadata creation, or the publication of individual articles.“

They also noted that ”the process of moving to open access changes the dissemination of knowledge with respect to legal and financial aspects. Our organizations aim to find solutions that support further development of the existing legal and financial frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access.”

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In March 2017, building on this mission, the signatory institutions initiated OA2020, which “aims to accelerate the transition to open access by transforming the existing corpus of scientific journals from their current subscription system to open access.” This bold statement is based on the understanding that the subscription system that has underpinned scholarly journals will eventually become obsolete:

“Subscription belongs to an era when the challenge for the sharing of knowledge was physical distribution; a journal’s hard copies needed to be laid out, printed and shipped, with payment organized accordingly. The subscription system is clearly no longer in sync with the modern modes of production, distribution and consumption that have emerged with digitization and the Internet. Now that distribution is no longer an obstacle, the challenge is to re-organize journal publishing to avoid the unnecessary access restrictions that are a legacy of the transactions that related to print. While the modernization of the publishing industry has enabled easy distribution in a context of abundant supply, the step that has yet to happen is the cash flow’s shift from the journal level to the article level. Scholarship’s crucial publishing services should be remunerated directly, rather than indirectly through subscriptions. With such a move, the publishing system will be able to engage with the realities and potentials of the 21st century.”

The goal of achieving this infrastructure by 2020 is based “on analysis that shows that there is already enough money within journal publishing to allow for a transition to Open Access that will be—at minimum—cost-neutral” which was developed by the Max Planck Institute in a 2015 white paper.

Foundation Support for Innovation

Raising a child may take a village, but working to change and support the humanities takes a larger community and commitment. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has taken center stage in many of the key events, projects and research being done in working “to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, we support exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.”

Philanthropist Andrew Mellon was one of America’s wealthiest people in the 1920s, when he was paying the third-highest income tax (just behind John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford). He used some of his acquired fortune to fund the building of the National Gallery of Art and other projects. His children merged their individual foundations to establish the foundation and named it in after their father in 1969 (Mellon: An American Life by David Cannadine, Knopf 2006, ISBN 0679450327). In the past nearly 50 years, the foundation has provided well over 15,000 grants to organizations and individuals in 68 countries which have amounted to more than six billion dollars in support. Their support for the future of scholarly funding has been critical.

A part of their efforts in the areas of “humanistic scholarship, liberal arts and doctoral education, and the performing and visual arts,” is their support for scholarly communication, which they describe as their effort to assist “research libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and arts organizations that seek to realize this potential, and thereby to further our collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world through the promotion of “the common good by supporting the creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources, interpretive scholarship in the humanities, and other scholarly and artistic materials. The program aims to develop the sustainable tools, organizations, and networks of scholars and other professionals needed for these purposes.” In the area of electronic publishing alone, Mellon has invested in 183 grants totalling 62.22 million dollars to-date.

At the 2015 Charleston Conference, Mellon Foundation Program Officer Helen Cullyer described Mellon’s goals as supporting “new forms of academic publishing, which researchers say could further legitimize digital scholarship” especially given the difficult financial situation for university presses which make experimentation difficult. “These declines have made it challenging to find the resources that are needed to experiment with new digital work flows and publication models, and to create the business models and the marketing and discoverability strategies that are essential if electronic publication is to become sustainable and support scholarship in the 21st century.” The evolving model has revolved around effort to support new business models focused on collaborative efforts for these presses, especially as new digital/multimedia content is developed. These business models would hopefully address costs and focus on all of the moving part of these future systems from “(a) editing; (b) clearing rights to images and multimedia content; (c) the interaction of the publication on the Web with primary sources and other related materials; (d) production; (e) pre- and post-publication peer review; (f) marketing; (g) distribution; and (h) maintenance and preservation of digital content.”

Donald J. Waters, the new senior program officer for Scholarly Communications at Mellon recently posed the current situation this way: “Is publication in the humanities destined to follow the journals model, which amounts to little more than highly priced, print-derived articles in the Portable Document Format that take advantage of few, if any, of the interactive, annotative, and computational affordances of the web? Shouldn’t scholars and publishers in the humanities address the core issue, which the humanities deans expressed as a profound concern that higher education is failing to reach its core audiences in the online media they are naturally using? Isn’t it time to broaden our view of scholarly publication to include other forms of publication, including monographs?”

Donald J. Waters

A Quick Look at Some Key Innovative Projects

The Mellon Foundation work in this area has truly been, well, foundational to the future of the academic book. Here are just a few of the innovations made possible through their support.

The California Digital Library, working with the University of California Press, is working to create new, types of open source tools and workflows for the authoring, submission, peer review, and production specific to the needs of future digital monographs. The resulting Luminos authoring system is able to merge “the best of digital media—from flexible formats and rich media capabilities to enhanced discoverability [with] the freedom of Open Access,” allowing readers to access the works “in any format they want.”

The Open Annotation Collaboration has created Hypothesis, “a new layer to the web,” which can be used “to discuss, collaborate, organize your research, or take personal notes.”

Mellon funding has allowed the University of Connecticut to establish Greenhouse Studios, “a collaboration-first approach for the creation and communication of scholarship” that is “design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first workflow as a model for other universities.” Housed at the school’s library, the center works by “teaming together faculty, developers, librarians, designers, publishers, and other specialists, Greenhouse Studios brings to bear, at every stage of project development, the diverse expertise required to create, publish, and provide sustained access to scholarly communications expressed in digital and multimedia formats.”

The University of Michigan is working on a project that is focused on creating “a publishing platform built on the Hydra/Fedora framework, to be made available open source reuse as well as in the form of a hosted for-fee solution. While in the short term the primary application of the platform is to address the “companion website” problem (an increasing demand from authors for a way of presenting research data alongside their books), in the longer term it will also provide the infrastructure to enable long form presentations of digital scholarship (the monographs of the future?) to be published.”

The University of Minnesota Press has partnered with City University of New York’s GC Digital Scholarship Lab to launch Manifold Scholarship, a “publishing platform for interactive scholarly monographs.” The platform offers a “responsive platform for interactive books that would help university presses share long-form monographs through an appealing and elegant interface” that is now in beta and allows anyone to experience “a selection of projects from the University of Minnesota Press that may be read, annotated, highlighted, and shared through social media. These include two recently published full-length scholarly books, a selection from the Forerunners: Ideas First series, and four projects just beginning to take shape.”

ARL, AAU, and AAUP Join Forces

A March 2017 joint statement from the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) announced “a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

At the time of the announcement, 12 institutions had signed on to the project, which will each “provide a baseline university publishing grant of $15,000 to support the publication of an open access, digital monograph of 90,000 words or less (with additional funding for works of greater length or complexity to be negotiated by the author, institution, and publisher); set a target of awarding at least three publishing grants per year; and commit to participating in this initiative for five years.”

This initiative is the result of extensive planning conducted by a joint AAU/ARL task force, later joined by AAUP and then by interested, invited institutions. The model is described as:

  • Publishing costs will be met by university-funded grants and other revenue sources. These publication grants will enable open access publishing and will send a strong signal to humanities and social sciences faculties that universities value and wish to promote their scholarship.
  • The expanded dissemination of scholarship within and beyond the academy advances the core mission of universities to create and transmit new knowledge for public benefit.
  • This initiative will enable the incorporation into digital monographs of new capacities, such as the integration of multimedia with text and the application of annotation and commenting tools, and can encourage the development of innovative forms of digital scholarship.
  • The funding model based on publication grants will allow presses to publish important, high-quality scholarship freely accessible to readers and independent of market constraints.

“It takes work on the part of both the press and library to change the way the university administration sees its press,” a recent ARL document states. ”A university press is a key component of the university’s academic reputation, a tool to support and advance the university mission. Titles with the press imprint market the university worldwide. The library leadership is positioned to advocate for the press, and the work of the press and library should reflect the way the university thinks of itself. Both need to be seen as strategic mission-driven advantages. And it’s key that their strategic goals be both integrated and complementary.”

“The institutions and individuals who have come together under the AAU/ARL/AAUP banners,” Virginia Tech’s Tyler Walter explains, “recognize that new approaches must be undertaken for scholarly monograph publishing to be sustained and thrive. Due to these pressures, as well as seeing the considerable advances made with OA journal publishing and repositories, the time does feel right to collaborate broadly and advance our model.”

Seeking Innovations in Monographic Publishing

“Obviously, print monograph publishing makes it very difficult to incorporate digital media,” Virginia Tech’s Tyler Walters notes. “While we are all aware of the potential for new forms of digital scholarship, and we have discussed these possibilities, our focus is on developing a sustainable business model and promoting openness, making the academy’s research productivity in book form easily available to the public at no direct cost to them, whenever possible.

Through collaborations, experimentation and support from Mellon and their home universities, the future of university presses and humanities monographs are being developed. “In my own research,” Walters reflects, “I have found that faculty are more motivated to experiment with new publishing approaches if they are dissatisfied with their current publishing experiences. So, you can see where some faculty can be keenly aware of the current and impending challenges in monograph publishing, while others don’t see problems due to their own satisfactory experiences. Our goal is to work with faculty authors and university presses who are interested and willing to initiate new publishing models. Clearly there are many presses, libraries, and university leaders in general who are motivated to embrace a change strategy. I’m also quite pleased that the leadership of my own institution—Virginia Tech—embraces new, exploratory approaches.”


In order to acknowledge the role of books and learning in our world, UNESCO proclaimed April 23rd of each year as World Book and Copyright Day. UNESCO publishes data each year of the numbers of books published each year by all the world’s countries as an index of the standard of living and education across the globe. In 2015-2016, an estimated 2,200,000 books were recorded by the International Publishers Association. But what of the future of the ‘book’?

University of Utah’s Rick Anderson sees inherent transitory issues for the future of the ‘book’ as we know it today. “Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what seems to be a division between forward-thinking librarians and publishers who are frustrated that we haven’t yet managed to move “beyond the .pdf,” and readers who really seem to like .pdfs just fine. I wonder if a similar dynamic is going on with books. I hear constant complaints about ebook platforms, many of which are so innovative, so creatively designed, and so forward-thinking that readers find them impossible to use. I honestly wonder if we’d see more widespread adoption of ebooks if they were all published in .pdf format. Would doing so permit us to realize all the potential of ebooks? Of course not. But what if our users aren’t that interested in realizing the full potential of ebooks, and instead just want to read them on their phones and laptops wherever they are, with a minimum of fuss and bother? I’m not making any assertions here, just thinking out loud.”

Donna Shear

Donna Shear, Director of the University of Nebraska Press tells ATG that “most scholarly authors value the imprimatur of a university press because it’s proof to their administration and department that the manuscript underwent rigorous peer review and editing. They know, also, that we are experienced in promoting their book to the correct audiences.” Nebraska’s book program remains strong through innovation and strategic planning. “We have partnered with our own Center for Research in the Digital Humanities on a few projects, but 99% of our scholarly monograph authors want their book in print and don’t request additional enhancement. It’s our policy to do a simultaneous e-book and print book for all new titles, and we make almost all of our scholarly titles available on Project MUSE and JSTOR Books.”

As the late astronomer Carl Sagan noted, “a book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time—proof that humans can work magic.” (Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory, 1980)

Books, reading and learning have become industries and the value of knowledge has become perhaps the most important commodity in our world today—so important that ideals like privacy, freedom to read, and universal access have been lost. However, this increasing dystopian vision is being confronted by winds of change, and given all of the political negativity today, developments like these monographic initiatives are good news indeed.

Still, most library directors are very positive about moves to innovate university publishing and the involvement of our associations and others as partners in this process. “When universities come together—their provosts, college and library deans, university press directors, and faculties—there is a lot of power and potential for change in that,” Walters believes. “We are happy to have our associations in AAU, ARL, and AAUP facilitate and bring us together for this important initiative.”

Nancy K. Herther is librarian for Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Minnesota Libraries, Twin Cities campus.


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“The Bill and Bruce Show” – New episode of ATG: The Podcast Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:43:33 +0000 Legal Talk from Bruce Strauch and Bill Hannay – Listen Now!

All of us at Against The Grain – The Podcast have been busy lining up great new content and interviews for future episodes. Due to scheduling issues and Leah Hind’s trip to France for the Fiesole Retreat, we had a gap to fill in the podcast schedule. Fortunately two of our regular contributors to the Against The Grain journal, Bruce Strauch and Bill Hannay were able to step in and put together a quick conversation around banned books (specifically D. H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”) and the resulting litigation that ensued.

“Bruce and Bill”

Bruce Strauch, The Citadel, Professor of Business Law (Retired)
Bruce Strauch, J.D. is a Professor of Business Law and Director of the Citadel Mentors Program. He holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Oxford, is extensively published in the field of copyright and trademark, is the author of nine novels and the publisher of a trade journal of the scholarly publishing industry. His wife Katina is the founder of the Charleston Conference and Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Collection Development at the College of Charleston (SC) Libraries; his son is a U.S. Army major and his daughter a medical doctor.

Bill Hannay, Partner, Schiff, Hardin, LLP

William M. Hannay regularly represents corporations and individuals in civil and criminal matters, involving federal and state antitrust law and other trade regulation laws. He is an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses at IIT/Chicago-Kent law school in antitrust, intellectual property, and international business transactions, and is the author or editor of several books on antitrust and intellectual property law, including “The Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Unfair Competition,” soon to be published by Thomson Reuter’s West Publishing. He is a frequent lecturer at The Charleston Conference.

Mr. Hannay is active in the American Bar Association and is currently Co-Chair of the Joint Editorial Board for International Law, which is co-sponsored by the Uniform Law Commission and the ABA. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York District Attorney’s Office and was a law clerk for Justice Tom Clark on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Yale College and Georgetown University Law Center.

We also have another weekly update from Katina Strauch from her rumors segment.

Katina’s Notes:

As you all might suspect it is getting HOT in Charleston! Air conditioning becomes essential and it’s time for flip flops and shorts and t-shirts. Speaking of t-shirts, I signed up for one from AAAS online to support science. I also noticed that Gale (and probably others) are into the t-shirt movement. Let’s pull out all our old Charleston Conference t-shirts!

We are gearing up for the 37th Charleston Conference – What’s Past Is Prologue. As you all know, the dates have been moved up slightly making many of you very happy! November Nov 6 – 7: Pre-conferences; November 7: Vendor Showcase, November 8 – 10: Main Conference.

Our keynote speakers are – Brewster Kahle Founder of the Internet Archive, the San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” Loretta Parham (CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center). Loretta is the 2017 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, and Georgios Papadopoulos, the founder and CEO of Atypon which recently sold to John Wiley. More speakers will be announced soon!

PS Did you see that Loretta Parham is on the cover of the April, 2017 College & Research Libraries!

The Charleston Conference Call for Papers was posted this week. Submit your proposal! Please!

Listen up! The innovator extraordinaire, Mark Sandler has won the 2017 Hugh Atkinson Award. Mark is the principal in Novel Solutions Consulting. He is indeed a leader of great vision with exceptional persuasive skills! Congratulations, Mark! Hip Hip Hooray! When I talked to Mark the other day, he and his wife were headed to Canada where they are planning to board a flight to Scotland!

Just got an email from Mark Herring, the Director of Libraries at Winthrop. For those of you who are looking for a position in libraries, Mark has a few good ones.

Head of Content Services and Library Development (

And Acquisitions and Collections Management Librarian (

These are now posted on the ATG Newschannel at:

”Naked Lunch: The Musical” will be performed at St. Sebastian Players Theatre in Chicago June1, 2, and 3. It features the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer who are portrayed by several of Bill’s Yale Class of 1966. Naked Lunch is about one of the last landmark decisions on obscenity in the 20th Century and was just featured on!

Just reading about the Houghton Library at 75, A Celebration of its Collection a new book by Heather Cole and John Overholt which is due to be released on my mother’s birthday May 8. Houghton Library ― the primary repository for Harvard University’s rare books, manuscripts, and much more ― celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017. Houghton’s holdings span nearly the entire history of the written word, from papyrus to the laptop. This anniversary volume presents a snapshot of the unique items that fill the library’s shelves.

From miniature books composed by a teenage Charlotte Brontë to a massive medieval manuscript hymnbook; from the plays of Shakespeare to costume designs for Star Trek; and from the discoveries of Copernicus to the laptops of twenty-first century writers, the selections celebrate great achievements in many and diverse fields of human endeavor. I Hope to buy a copy!

Meanwhile, talk to y’all next time and happy summer!

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ATG Quirkies: ‘Twas Talk Like Shakespeare Day April 23 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:14:23 +0000 Yes it’s true! In honor of Shakespeare’s 453 birthday, yesterday was “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” and here is a website dedicated solely to helping you celebrate.

So if you want to try talking like the Bard once wrote his plays, this site will give you tips on what to say and it is full of cool features like:


(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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ATG News You Need To Start the Week 4/24/17 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:29:49 +0000 New World, Same Model | Periodicals Price Survey 2017;  *First Impressions: LJ’s First Year Experience Survey;   *Digital Textbooks Save Indiana University Students Millions;   * The Top 10 “Hot Articles” in Library and Information Science (April 2017);   *Guidelines for the Screening and Appointment of Academic Librarians Draft;  *Call for Entries – ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2017;   *Folger Shakespeare Library Releases “Digital Anthology of Early English Drama” Online;   China’s Palace Museum to Digitize Entire Collection;   *Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space;  and  *National Poetry Month: New Recordings Uploaded to Recorded Poetry and Literature Archive

Library Journal has released its Periodicals Price Survey noting that “the shifts to online and OA continue apace, but neither is causing a sea change in pricing

The shift to digital delivery of serials content has had a profound effect on the information ecosystem. Powerful discovery and social networking tools expose users to an incredibly rich world of commercially produced and open access (OA) content. Most publishers have explored new ways of pricing their content—such as population served, FTE (full-time equivalent), tiered pricing based upon Carnegie classification, or other defining criteria—or the database model, which treats all content within an e-journal package as a database, eliminating the need for title by title reconciliation. However, in the end, the pricing conversation always seems to circle back to the revenue generated by the annual subscription model…”

In addition, Library Journal posted a report on its First Year College Experience Survey which is based on “a survey, sponsored by Credo, to 12,000 college and university libraries, both two-year and four-year institutions. Some 543 schools (144 two-year and 399 four-year) responded. Credo presented a first look at the data at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Baltimore, with commentary and takeaways from Ray Pun, first-year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno, and a 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker…”

AP reports that “Indiana University students saved an estimated $3.5 million during the 2016-17 school year by using electronic textbooks.

The office of the vice president for information technology, which runs IU’s electronic textbook program, estimates that more than 40,000 students across all campuses used at least one electronic textbook last year, the Bloomington Herald-Times ( ) reported.

Electronic versions of textbooks usually cost about 75 percent less than the retail price of printed versions…”

infoDOCKET reports that these articles are “powered by bX Hot Articles from Ex Libris” and “are based on usage data from millions of researchers across journals, publishers and platforms. It helps the users to discover articles that other users found interesting – in general and for a specific topic…”

According to ACRL Insider “ACRL is seeking comments on a draft of new Guidelines for the Screening and Appointment of Academic Librarians before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval.

Please review the draft guidelines on the ACRL website (PDF) and submit your comments online by May 10, 2017.

Celebrating the best in the industry – #alpspawards

Closing date for applications: Friday 19 May 2017

Have you developed a new product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication? If so, we want to hear about it, and shout about it.

According to infoDOCKET the Folger Shakespeare Library recently released theDigital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama which “opens a window on the vibrant theatrical community in which Shakespeare built his career. Unlike other Folger resources about Shakespeare and his plays, Early Modern English Drama (EMED) features the plays by other playwrights, illuminating an extraordinary era of artistic ferment…”

infoDOCKET also notes that “the Palace Museum will digitalize its entire collection and make the images available to the public. The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, had 1,862,690 antiques and relics in its collection as of the end of 2016. At present, only 400,000 have been photographed, Shan Jixiang, the museum director, was quoted by the Beijing News on Thursday…”

According to the LA Times “UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved…

California’s oldest public university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today…”

The Library of Congress Blog reports that “in honor of National Poetry Month, the the Poetry and Literature Center has digitized and uploaded 50 new recordings to its online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. Among the additions are recordings by poets laureate Daniel Hoffman, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Maxine Kumin, Josephine Jacobsen, William Stafford, Anthony Hecht, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks…”

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ATG People in the News 4/24/17 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:28:49 +0000

ALA News reports that “the Library Leadership and Management Association announced today that Lynn Hoffman has been elected as the new president-elect. She is the director of operations for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Hoffman will begin her term as president-elect in June 2017, and will become LLAMA president in 2018.

Also elected was Scott Muir as director-at-large, a new office supporting LLAMA’s reorganization.  Muir is associate provost, Library Information Services, at Rowan University, in Glassboro, New Jersey

Muir will begin his two-year term in June 2017.”

Library Technology Guides reports that “digital preservation specialist Preservica today announced the appointment of Paul Allman to the board as CFO.

Allman joins with several years’ experience in public and PE-backed high growth technology businesses, across Silicon Valley, Europe and the UK, most recently with TraceOne, suppliers to the world’s leading retailers. Allman’s focus is to build the right financing, legal and operational structures to support company growth during a time when increased compliance and regulation is driving the long-term digital preservation of corporate files and records up the management agenda…

Having secured £3 million (approximately $3.8 million) in growth funding from Mobeus Equity Partners, Preservica is already in use at nearly 120 corporate and public sector organizations world-wide, including the Associated Press (AP), HSBC, British Telecom, Lloyds, Unilever and Transport for London (TfL)

The value of safeguarding digital information spans every sector and has significant benefits. HSBC uses its rich repository of digital material to enhance the value of its 150-year+ old brand and to protect vital corporate records.

The Preservica User Group this month saw a doubling of numbers from last year with representatives from 14 countries. Speakers included Unilever (protecting its rich heritage of brands and logos) and Yale University (preserving over 1 PB of unique digital material including 4,400 Holocaust witness testimonials among other historic documents).

Ingram Content Group today announced an associate promotion in Tennessee, as well as a new associate to the company in New York.

Nick Yates has been promoted to Manager, Operations Analysis, for Ingram Content Group, in Greater Nashville, Tenn. Previously, Nick was a Manager in Logistics for the company.

Christy Johnson has joined Ingram as a Client Relations Manager for Ingram Academic Services in New York.

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ATG News & Announcements 4/21/17 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:24:30 +0000 Ithaka S+R and OCLC Research launch project to examine how universities and their libraries are changing;   *C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley Acquires the largest Chinese Film Studies Collection in North America;   *A Letter in Support of the NEH, IMLS and NHPRC From the Directors of Independent Research Libraries;   *Harry Ransom Center (U. of Texas at Austin) Acquires Archive of Theatre and Film Actor Peter O’Toole;   *Total Boox and Tocker Foundation continue ebooks for rural libraries;   *Impactstory Launches Browser Extension for OA Discovery;   *Wolters Kluwer announces strategic alliance with intellectual property service provider ktMINE;  and  *Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science partners with Clarivate Analytics to expand Web of Science access to 1,600 institutions across Russia; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

Inside Higher ED reports that “Ithaka S+R and OCLC Research launch project to examine how universities and their libraries are changing.

The research arms of Ithaka and the library collaborative OCLC have launched a joint project to find out how do you measure the impact of a library when the number of books on its shelves is no longer its defining characteristic. Over the next 14 months, researchers with the organizations plan to survey the higher education landscape to identify how colleges and universities are differentiating themselves, explore the different types of services libraries are investing in, and help college librarians articulate the new ways in which they are creating value for their institutions…”

According to infoDOCKET “the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley today announces its acquisition of the largest and most comprehensive Chinese film studies collection in North America. The over-70,000 periodicals, posters, photographs, and ephemera contained in the Paul Kendel Fonoroff collection document the development of the film and entertainment industry of greater China from its inception in the early decades of the twentieth century to the 1990s…”

infoDOCKET also notes that a letter from the directors of several important independent research libraries in support of the NEH, IMLS and NHPRC “appears in full on The Iris (a Blog from The Getty in Los Angeles)...”

Also according to infoDOCKET “the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has obtained the archive of British theatre and film actor Peter O’Toole (1932–2013)…

The extensive archive contains theatre and film scripts along with O’Toole’s writings, including drafts, notes and working material for his multivolume memoir “Loitering with Intent…”

According to Library Technology Guides “Total Boox, … and the Tocker Foundation, a non-profit supporting the work of small libraries in Texas, are pleased to announce the continuation of their groundbreaking pilot, which makes Total Boox’s collection of nearly 100,000 quality ebooks available to 20 small and rural libraries across the state of Texas…”

Library Journal reports that “nonprofit altmetrics pioneer has launched Unpaywall, a free extension for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers that helps users obtain free full-text copies of open access (OA) research papers…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has announced plans to bolster its intellectual property content and workflow solutions through a strategic alliance with ktMINE, a growing IP data and information services firm.| The collaboration with ktMINE provides additional capabilities aligned with customer needs.

Clarivate Analytics, … in partnership with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, has expanded its Web of Science coverage from 300 to 1,600 institutions across the Russian Federation.|


This will empower its scientists and prepare a new generation of scholars with the needed tools and advice to advance their research and dramatically increase global impact…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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ATG Job Bank – Winthrop University (2 positions) Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:48:03 +0000

College/Department or Unit:  Ida Jane Dacus Library

Job Purpose: Dacus Library seeks an innovative and engaged librarian for a position with oversight and management duties in content services and library development, and additional reference and library instruction responsibilities in the main library. We seek an individual eager to embrace a broad-based and imaginative role and who is open to innovation and eager to take on the challenges of the changing library and archives environment.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Empowers student learning and engagement through the processing of library materials
  • Works innovatively with Public Services to improve overall delivery of library services
  • Possesses familiarity with OCLC’s WorldShare Management System, or similar LSP
  • Assesses the work of Content Services in accordance with SACSOC and other accrediting standards, and prepares accreditation reports as required
  • Seeks new ways of delivering services with existing staff but configuring those staff to meet the demands of 21st Century librarianship
  • Participates in the formulation of both short- and long-range library policies as a member of the Library’s senior management team
  • Leads the planning process within the unit but with an eye to the future; leads and manages the process of evaluating and improving workflow efficiency
  • Directly supervises Content Services including evaluation of library faculty and staff based upon university standards
  • Supervises the creation and maintenance of the Library’s records concerning the purchasing and processing of resources for the Library’s collections
  • Identifies special project needs in conjunction with public services; plans (including writing vendor specifications), supervises and evaluates projects
  • Documents Content Services’ policies and works collaboratively with units inside and outside the library
  • Teaches information literacy classes as needed and/or instructed
  • Maintains a functional knowledge of University and State purchasing and accounting regulations, particularly in regard to the acquisition of library resources
  • Communicates effectively among internal and external stakeholders
  • Assists in the performance of reference duties as assigned
  • Represents the Dean when needed
  • Maintains LibGuide pages as needed
  • Writes library-wide or library-specific grants for both long and short-term library growth
  • Works with the Winthrop Office of Development on fund-raising activities
  • Acts as the liaison to the Friends of Dacus Library, overseeing its operations, meetings, and work

Required Qualifications: Master’s Degree from an American Library Association accredited program and at least one year of library experience at department head or chair level.

Desired Qualifications: Twelve or more months working as a reference librarian in an academic library and some fund-raising training and/or experience.

Work Environment: This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the ability to work with the outside community, local public schools, other universities, and international schools/companies/partners.

Employment Conditions: A twelve-month, full-time appointment with faculty rank. Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications.

Background Check Statement: Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Position Availability: August 1, 2017

Application Timeline and Procedures: Review of applicants will begin on June 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Required materials:

  1. Application letter, evidence of responsibilities and qualifications, and curriculum vitae;
  2. Names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three persons who know the candidate professionally;
  3. Transcript and evidence of highest degree

All materials should be submitted electronically to: Dacus Library Search Chair, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733,


  • Position Title:  Acquisitions and Collections Management Librarian

College/Department or Unit:  Ida Jane Dacus Library

Major Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Library’s constituencies to ensure that the library collection supports all disciplines with the appropriate balance of pertinent materials in all formats, print, electronic, microform,  and operations with respect to ordering, fund invoicing, verification materials, physical processing, etc.
  • Oversees the Library’s materials budget and is primary contact within Content Services Division for library’s integrated library system.
  • Supports accreditations, program reviews, self-studies, and new and evolving programs across the undergraduate and graduate levels by providing data to the Assessment Librarian.
  • Provides overall supervision of staff and students in the area.  This includes hiring, training, performing annual evaluations, approving leave, updating position descriptions, etc.
  • Responsible for maintenance of accurate and up-to-date documentation of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Develops library policies and procedures relating to the Library’s resources.  Suggests policy decisions and recommends procedural changes in area of responsibility and in the Content Services Division.
  • Performs reference coverage, teaches information literacy classes, including the associated preparation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.  

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Twelve or more months working as an acquisitions and/or collections librarian in an academic library.

Work Environment: This position requires daily contact with commercial vendors and publishers, students, faculty, and staff on campus. The successful candidate will be required to have the ability to work with the outside community, business contacts, and other universities/companies/partners.

Employment Conditions:  A twelve-month, full time appointment with faculty rank.  Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications.

Background Check Statement:  Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community.  Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Position Availability:  September 1, 2017

Application Timeline and Procedures:  Review of applicants will begin on June 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.  For more information, please see 

Required materials:

  •  Application letter, evidence of responsibilities and qualifications, and curriculum vitae;
  • Names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three persons who know the candidate professionally;
  • Transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved.

 All materials should be submitted electronically to: 

Dacus Library Search Chair,
Winthrop University,
Rock Hill, SC  29733



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ATG Quirkies: Why All of Hollywood’s Depictions of Professor Tenure Are Ridiculous Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:30:37 +0000 In this post on Browbeat, Slate’s Culture Blog, Rebecca Schuman explains Why All of Hollywood’s Depictions of Professor Tenure Are Ridiculous.  She notes that “on the rare occasions someone decides it’s a good idea to depict the tenure process in TV or movies (hint: it is not a good idea).” Why not? According to Ms.Schuman “the actual process of professor tenure is so exquisitely boring that there is no way an accurate depiction would be anything anyone, anywhere, would watch on purpose.” And of course, she follows up with a few mildly outrageous examples that prove her point. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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