RUMORS from the ATG NewsChannel 6/29/15

by | Jun 29, 2015 | 0 comments

katinaBy Katina Strauch

The end of last week saw the funerals of the nine people who were killed tragically in Charleston last Wednesday. Charleston was swamped with dignitaries and press. The College of Charleston was closed on Friday.

On Saturday, many attended the funeral of Cynthia Hurd who worked full time at the Charleston County Library and also part time at the Addlestone Library of the College of Charleston. This is all too awful for words.

We have been posting information on developments in Charleston on the ATG Newschannel.( In Memory of Cynthia Graham Hurd ; and Newsflash: College of Charleston Board of Trustees approved Two Resolutions ). The Charleston Conference is in the process of planning some sort of scholarship or event to commemorate Cynthia in November. Ideas are welcome.

This is from a review on NPR (June 24, 2015) of ‘Patience And Fortitude’ And The Fight To Save NYC’s Storied Public Library. The article is by Maureen Corrigan; the book is by Scott Sherman. (See also: ATG Book of the Week.)

“If we could estimate how many ways in which the world has been changed by that 6%, the number would be far more meaningful than the traffic through [the library’s] lion-guarded doors … [A] research library is a timeless repository of treasures, not a popularity contest measured by head counts, the current arbiter of success.” From an essay in the Wall Street Journal in 2012 by the late eminent architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable responding to the library officials’ argument that modernization was needed because only 6 percent of print sources were being read every year by patrons.

Hear! Hear! This is Katina Strauch up on her soapbox! What an eloquent defense of the value of libraries! Why are we letting fads and current trends destroy our heritage and raison d’être? Let’s wake up and appreciate the library!

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015), which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.  The PESC recommended practice is intended to inform members of the scholarly information community about preferred practices for packaging and exchanging serial content which can enable the creation of better automated processes to receive and manage serial content.

Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015) is available for free download from the PESC Working Group webpage on the NISO website

Did you see the article E-Books Get a Makeover in the Wall Street Journal by Jennifer Maloney. There are new fonts coming from Amazon and Google which are supposed to be easier to read on the screen. Stay tuned!

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