- Hacking the Library-Publisher Partnership at MIT describes the evolving relationship between the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press. Written by Chris Bourg, and Amy Brand, the respective leaders of those two institutions, the article discusses how they hope “to leverage a fairly standard reporting relationship (the Director of the Libraries supervises the Director of Press and chairs the Press’ Management Board) into the kind of deeply collaborative relationship that might propel real innovation in scholarly communication.” Evidently both Chris and Amy are “less interested in looking for ways the libraries might dabble in publishing, and much more interested in leveraging the combined expertise and resources of our organizations to benefit the communities we serve and contribute to a reinvention of scholarly communication…”
- Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge is a post from ScienceAlert that tells a tale that many of you may already know. It seems that “a researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles – almost every single peer-reviewed paper every published – freely available online. And she’s now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier.” The renegade site is called Sci-Hub and it was created about five years ago by neuroscientist Alexandra Elbakyan, who thinks that “everyone should have access to knowledge regardless of their income or affiliation. And that’s absolutely legal.”
And you thought Putin was trouble.
South’s Best Bookstores is a great post from Southern Living that lists some must see destinations for any book lover traveling in the sunny South. And guess what? Charleston’s very own Blue Bicycle Books made the list! Named for “the often-Instagrammed bike that owner Jonathan Sanchez rode to work in the early days, piling it high with books to attract business. Today, he and his wife, Lauren, manage an inventory of over 50,000 used volumes, including classic fiction, poetry, literary fiction, and books on science,
architecture, the Civil War, military history, gardening, and more. Blue Bicycle also has an extensive collection of all-things-Charleston books (used, rare, and new). Everything is neatly organized in a long, narrow space that was once an ophthalmologist’s office.”
So next time you’re at the Charleston Conference take a quick stroll up to 420 King Street and say hello to Jonathan and Lauren.
- Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys is a fun post from TechCrunch that a lot of you parents out there will appreciate.
It highlights Mattel’s “new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device works in conjunction with a 3D printing app developed in collaboration with Autodesk that offers a simple interface for designing items that can then come to life via Mattel’s ThingMaker as well as with other standard 3D printers already on the market… ”
And it sounds like a piece of technology that almost any library can afford and provide for patron use.
- Three Ways Publishers and Libraries Can Work Better Together offers Publishers Weekly contributing editor Brian Kenney’s* prescription for a malady that seems to afflict our industry. He admits that there is much about the publisher-library relationship today that leaves him scratching his head. But fortunately, Brian has some suggestions for both sides of the aisle as he focuses on three issues he believes “we can work on right now to improve publisher-library relations.”
(*Brian is also the director of the White Plains (N.Y.) Public Library.)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.