ATG Hot Topics: A Midsummer Carnival

by | Aug 3, 2012 | 0 comments

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College

There’s a lot to catch up on since the malware attack on the website, and if we ignore them, then the malware wins!  So here’s your carnival of hot topics from July 2012.

Marshall Poe of the New Books Network  suggests that the way forward for scholarly presses is to cast their authors as public intellectuals.

ALA, ACRL, ARL, and the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) provided an amicus brief in support of HathiTrust in The Authors Guild v. HathitrustPithy quotes here.

Research Councils UK has launched a new open access policy in response to the Finch Report.  Biologist Stephen Curry has a rundown of the results of this news.

Bryn Geffert, Librarian of Amherst College, delivered a widely viewed lecture to the Annapolis Group, on how librarians can change the prevailing paradigm of publishing.  Video here, and Mark Dahl’s synopsis here.

BloodFlow.  A database of aggregrated circulation statistics in all of Libraryland.  It doesn’t exist, but it’s a cool idea.  Joseph Esposito exposits his idea.

Nice feature article on the Digital Public Library of America in The Atlantic.

And finally, what you’ve all been wondering…How did scientific journals get started anyway?

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