- The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries is a travel piece from the NY Times that may inspire many of us to book a flight to Rome. Author David Laskin asks “why go to the library in Italy when all around you there is fantastic art, exalted architecture, deep history and intense passionate people? And then answers “because, as I discovered in the course of a rushed but illuminating week dashing from Venice to Rome, Florence and Milan, the country’s historic libraries contain all of those without the crowds.” And the photos in this post really complement the text!
- A closer look at the Sci-Hub corpus: what is being downloaded and from where? is a blog post from the London School of Economics and Political Science that analyses the full corpus and request data from Sci-Hub, the controversial website of dubious legality. Among other things, researcher Bastian Greshake finds that articles are being downloaded from all over the world, more recently published papers are among the most requested, and there is a marked overrepresentation of requested articles from journals publishing on chemistry. Complete with numerous graphs and charts.
- The Proceedings of the 2016 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment are now available on the conference website. The sixth biennial Library Assessment Conference, held in Arlington, Virginia, October 31–November 2, 2016, brought together 600 participants from 47 US states and the District of Columbia, 7 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries outside of North America. The program offered panel, paper, lightning talk, and poster presentations covering all areas of library assessment. The proceedings, 692 pages, include 28 papers and 62 short papers, representing the diversity of assessment efforts, including data visualization, facilities and spaces, and methods and surveys.
- The Academic Book of the Future is a two-year AHRC-funded research project exploring the future of the academic book. Project activity ended in September 2016, however the legacy is ongoing – including Academic Book Week. This website provides information about the project, its research outputs, and its other activities. The main project report is set to launch in late Spring 2017.
- Desegregating Libraries in the American South is an article in the latest American Libraries that highlights a very important chapter in library history. Author addresses the fact that “the numerous confrontations over integrating public libraries in the South, have largely gone unrecognized.” Prof. Wiegand helps rectify that with detailed discussions of two of many ultimately successful protests that resulted in the integration of public libraries in the Jim Crow South: the Tougaloo Nine in Jackson, MS; the St. Helena Four in Greensburg, LA.
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.