by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College
Big week. Did you hear that brand-new Connecticut State Rep. Brian Sear (D) introduced a bill yesterday “to require publishers of electronic books to offer e-books for sale to public and academic libraries at the same rates as offered to the general public”?
I bet you did hear that ProQuest has acquired EBL. Since you want to read all about it, check out the press release, the official FAQ, The Digital Shift, and No Shelf Required. Meanwhile, guess who Elsevier’s trying to acquire.
Open Data Day is Feb. 23. It’s “a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.”
A group of history journal editors in the UK is revolting against Research Councils UK’s new open access requirements. Here’s their open letter. Here’s Dr. Martin Paul Eve’s response to the Times Higher Education article. And Pablo K. and Meera have a few things to say about article processing charges.
Next up, ALA Midwinter. Y’all go make some news in Seattle.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.