Shocking surprise! EBSCO has purchased YBP! We posted this information with all kinds of links on the ATG News Channel over the weekend. Being a customer of both great companies, I am somewhat concerned. There are FAQs all over the Web, press releases, etc. But practically speaking, what does this mean for our workflow and our budgets? Should we keep all our purchases of books and journals with one company? (Tell us in this week’s I Wonder Wednesday.)
We are pleased to announce the completion of a seminal report by Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman entitled The Once and Future Publishing Library. This study grew out of a series of discussions among Alex, Ann, Steve Goodall of the Goodall Family Charitable Foundation, and Katina Strauch. We wanted to encourage useful dialog about the changes in academic publishing. The idea of Library Publishing emerged. The Council on Library and Information Resources agreed to be the home for the study and will publish the results online shortly. Stay tuned.
Related is the Dec. 2014/January 2015 issue of ATG guest edited ably by Bob Nardini on Library Publishing and University Press Publishing: Then and Now. In fact, Kevin Smith gave the issue a shout out.”There is a really nice article by Kevin Hawkins from the University of North Texas Libraries about “How We Pay for Publishing” in the latest issue of Against the Grain.