Rumors from the ATG NewsChannel – 12/16/13

by | Dec 16, 2013 | 0 comments

pic2By Katina Strauch

Dennis Brunning just sent me a link to this book review from the Financial Times, “Why people remain devoted to their home libraries” by Emma Jacobs. As we at the College of Charleston rush to put all our print books into compact shelving and as we and other libraries discard print materials for electronic, I find myself wondering if personal libraries will become the norm for some of us? It seems like I can’t rely on finding my favorite book at the public library anymore (really!) and how can I arrange to actually keep a digital copy of a book I really love? Would it have DRM? Would downloading be allowed?

BTW, Dennis just got appointed Acting Head, Architecture and Environmental Library at Arizona State University since they needed someone to immediately step in and keep the place open after a retirement.  

Was just reading notes from ARL’s executive director  Elliott Shore’s listening tour of Brown, Dartmouth, U Mass, U Connecticut and Yale. When Elliott went to Brown, he was accompanied by Judy Ruttenberg of the ARL. Judy is the Program Director of Transforming Research Libraries at ARL. She spoke twice in Charleston 2013 – Hot Topics in Legal and Licensing Issues : Emerging Controversies and Solutions and on Friday during a Neapolitan on Open Access, Public Access: Policies, Implementation, and the Developments and the Future of US Published Research.  

Starting Jan. 1, Washington State University Libraries will join an international publishing initiative of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia and research organizations to provide open access to articles published in high-energy physics research. The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is the largest open access initiative ever created, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is a consortium sponsor. “This is a unique initiative that will make high-energy physics published articles available through open access to any researcher around the globe who has access to a computer. It will help speed the development of new research in the field,” said Kay Vyhnanek, scholarly communications librarian, WSU Libraries. Joel Cummings, head of collection development at WSU’s Owen Science and Engineering Library, said many academic libraries face journal subscription price increases of about 6 percent a year.

 “WSU Libraries doesn’t have a collections budget that increases 6 percent a year,” he said. “It costs no more to participate in the SCOAP3 program than it had cost for WSU Libraries to subscribe to the journal titles involved in the project. What’s unusual here is that this program is trying to move the vast majority of high-energy physics journals to open access.”


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