You may or may not have noticed that I have been missing for the past few weeks. I was playing nurse to my husband who was in the hospital. Not to worry, he is all well now, fingers crossed. So here I am back to the grindstone … oops … ATG NewsChannel!
Just learned that David Parker has been promoted to General Manager, New York of Alexander Street Press. David is writing the very provocative column, Blurring Lines in the print ATG. David’s April column is about etextbooks and usage preferences. The Outsell report in the April print issue also has some statistics on faculty and student preferences for etextbooks. The April issue of ATG is in the mail and will be posted online shortly for subscribers.There is also a provocative piece (as only Chuck Hamaker can write) in Searcher on this topic – “eBooks on Fire:Controversies Surrounding eBooks in Libraries”
Talk about collaboration! Audrey Powers saw that Tom Clareson was doing a presentation on “Activating Your Collections: Discovering, Digitizing and Preserving Your Treasures, for the Lyrasis e-Gathering,” One of the collections at University of South Florida was “activated” and Audrey will be presenting at the e-Gathering about being proactive with collections. Some background: As the Research Librarian for The College of The Arts Audrey facilitated the development of a performance piece that went on to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh (2012) and was named by the Huffington Post as one of the 10 most provocative performances at The Fringe. Here is the abstract for the article which is in JSTOR and the title is What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur. In 2009, the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries received from the organization Waging Peace a collection of materials which included transcripts of interviews with female genocide survivors and original children’s drawings depicting the atrocities of genocide in Darfur. These materials are particularly significant in that they were used as evidence of genocide in Darfur in the International Criminal Court. The children’s drawings have been digitized by USF and are an important element in the development of a web portal for the new Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center. These drawings also inspired the performance piece What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur staged by the USF Theatre and Dance Department. This article focuses on the library’s acquisition and digitization of these materials, the ongoing efforts to develop a web presence, faculty outreach, and the multidisciplinary collaboration between the library and other USF departments in this project.” Here is the egathering event registration (May 15, 1-4 ET) and the news link in Against the Grain.
Atypon Systems, Inc. and EBSCO Online, Inc. have announced that Atypon has acquired the Metapress business from EBSCO Online, Inc., which has made the decision to discontinue the Metapress platform. Atypon and EBSCO will work together to transition Metapress clients to Atypon’s Literatum platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Metapress will continue to service its current clients through the transition. “Atypon’s leading platform Literatum meets the complex and evolving needs of over 200 professional and scholarly publishers worldwide, and it will be a strong fit for Metapress‘s clients,” said Georgios Papadopoulos, CEO and Founder of Atypon..”