News & Announcements from ALA Midwinter (& other places) 1/28/13

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RUSA announces 2013 Reading List; an ACRL registration reminder;  Palgrave Macmillan announces open access option; Kovel announces University Challenge winners; B&N to close one-third of retail stores over 10 years; and VuFind Open Source discovery software 1.4 released.


RUSA’s 2013 Reading List Announced: Librarian’s top picks in adrenaline, mystery, romance, sci-fi, women’s fiction and other genres

“The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has unveiled its top picks, short lists and read-alikes for the 2013 Reading List, which include titles such as “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “Bring up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel, “Firelight by Kristin Callihan and “Caliban’s War” by James S. A. Corey. The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres: adrenaline (including suspense, thriller and adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction…  (The article continues and provides a list of all of the best books in all eight genres.)

Register Now for ACRL 2013

Cognotes for Monday, January 28 reminds ALA Midwinter attendees  that “Registration for ACRL 2013, to be held April 10 –13, 2013 in Indianapolis, is open now.  ACRL 2013 will showcase the most current and relevant trends in academic and research librarianship – both scholarly and practical. Attend and return to your library with a wealth of new ideas and a renewed sense of professional pride and purpose. Register by the early bird deadline of February 22, 2013, and save more than 20 percent on conference registration. Special group registration prices, reduced airfares, and hotel discounts are also available.

Palgrave Macmillan announces open access option for monographs and Palgrave Pivot publications

According to a company press release “From today, Palgrave Macmillan will offer authors and their funders the option to publish open access (OA) research across all publication formats.  Palgrave Macmillan journal articles, monographs and Palgrave Pivot publications can now be made available with immediate open access upon publication via Palgrave Open.

Palgrave Open will publish all OA content under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License to support maximum dissemination and use… Content published via Palgrave Open will be subject to the same professional and rigorous peer-review process as all other Palgrave Macmillan publications…”

Knovel University Challenge Breaks Global Participation Records

Knovel, a provider of “a Web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, today announced the winners of the Seventh Annual Knovel University Challenge. The 2012 winners were chosen from the Challenge’s most diverse participant group, with a ten percent overall increase in international participation compared to 2011…”

Barnes & Noble To Shutter One-Third Of Retail Stores Over The Next 10 Years

Techcrunch, citing the Wall Street Journal, reports that” Barnes & Noble has plans to shut down nearly 20 stores per year over the course of the next decade.  Just last week, we learned that B&N had a rough holiday sales season with a 10.9 percent sales decrease over last year’s holiday season.  Barnes & Noble currently has around 689 retail stores in operation, but the cuts would eliminate around a third of those stores, leaving the total somewhere between 450 to 500 stores…”

VuFind 1.4 Released

Library Technology Guides reports that “the latest version of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This will be the final release in the 1.x series, with a 2.0 release planned for later in the year…”


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