In the News: ACS pricing stirs controversy; Print books still preferred by Canadians; Kobo to acquire Aquafadas; Carnegie-Whitney Awards deadline; and nominations sought for Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management
Library Journal reports on the response of the library community to Jenica Rogers, library director at SUNY Potsdam, blog about dropping American Chemical Society (ACS)’s journals “because they alone would have used up 10 percent of the library’s acquisitions budget. It struck a chord with many. Besides resonating around the blogosphere, as John Dupuis summarizes in his link roundup, the controversy spawned articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and even across the pond in the Times Higher Education. Perhaps it’s because objections to ACS pricing models are not new: Inside Higher Ed reported it causing problems for both corporate and academic libraries as early as 2010…”
“Canadians still overwhelmingly prefer print books to e-books, says BookNet Canada’s new The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: Book-Buying Behaviour in Canada January to June 2012 report. The first edition of the report—available today—finds that 86% of Canadians still purchase print formats and 19% buy electronic formats. Only 7% buy both. Paperback formats remain the most popular, but hardcover books still account for 24% of all book purchases…”
“Canadian-born, Japanese-owned e-reader maker Kobo announced its intentions to acquire digital publishing company Aquafadas today, an agreement that’ll bring rich content like magazines, academic texts, comics and children’s books, amongst others, to Kobo users. The deal also builds out Kobo’s self-publishing offering, bringing more tools to the table, along with additional languages like German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch…”
The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.
Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013...
More information and guidelines for the Carnegie-Whitney awards are available online or by contacting Mary Jo Bolduc, grant administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, Ill. 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275; email: [email protected].
“The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award is sponsored by the Collection Management Section (CMS) of ALCTS.
Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person’s achievements, including but not limited to:
- Building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials
- Addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources
- Creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections
- Increasing visibility, discovery, and user access to electronic library resources
Nominations should include:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of each nominee and nominating party
- Formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale
- Description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed
- Letters of support and endorsement…
(Nominations should be sent to: Fannie M. Cox, Chair, Coutts Award Jury, [email protected]. Documents in electronic format, sent to the chair as email attachments, are preferred. Deadline for submissions is December 3.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.