According to infoDOCKET “on June 12th President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Robert C. Tapella as Director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). The Director serves as the chief executive officer of the agency, which opened on March 4, 1861.Mr. Tapella serves as professional oversight staff of the Committee on House Administration of the United States Congress with expertise in the areas of printing, publishing, and security credentialing.

Mr. Tapella led a review of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which outlines the role of public printing and publishing of documents in the Federal government, as well as the Federal Depository Library Program.

Mr. Tapella served as the 25th Public Printer of the United States under President Bush and continued his service under President Obama. He began his career as calligrapher, illuminator, and bookbinder, and later ventured into print brokerage and direct mail businesses.

Mr. Tapella, a 1991 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in graphic communication, was designated as an honored alumni in 2008 and presently serves as chairman of the Dean’s Council on the library, and is also a member of the graphic communication department advisory board…”


ACRL Insider reports that “ACRL is pleased to announce the first recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2018. These grants of up to $3,000 each support new research on library contributions to student learning and success in areas suggested by the 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

The selection committee from ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chose eight proposals from a highly competitive round of applications. The grant recipients are:

  • Rebecca A. Croxton and Anne Cooper Moore (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) for a project titled “Quantifying the Library’s Value: Aligning Library, Institutional, and Student Success Data”
  • Maggie Epstein, Jason Paul, and Bridget Draxler (St. Olaf College) for a project titled “Assessing Student Success through Collaborative Data Collection and Analysis”
  • Nick Faulk and Emily Crist (Champlain College) for a project titled “Let’s Get to Know Each Other: A Mixed Methods Study on Library-Online Patron Communication”
  • Starr Hoffman and James Cheng (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for a project titled “Researchers on Academic Library Impact: Characteristics and Perspectives”
  • Rebecca K. Miller, Carmen Cole, Stephanie Diaz, and Julie Porterfield (Penn State University) for a project titled “Activating Library Classrooms: Evaluating Formal Learning Spaces for Active Learning and Student Engagement”
  • Marjorie Schreiber Lear, Hilary Smith, Kelly Estrada, and Rhianna Casesa (Sonoma State University) for a project titled “Communicating Value and Enhancing Library Use through Finding Common Language”
  • Rachel Scott and Brannen Varner (University of Memphis) for a project titled “Empowering Parenting Students to Succeed”
  • Theresa Westbrock (University of Northern Iowa) for a project titled “Students Helping Students: Creating and Evaluating a Collaborative Service Model in the Library”

“The research projects funded through this initiative significantly advance the research priority areas set forth in ACRL’s Academic Library Impact report,” says Alan Carbery, chair of the Value of Academic Libraries committee. “It’s exciting to see a geographical and institutionally diverse set of research grants recipients. The outcome of their work will undoubtedly benefit library practitioners demonstrating the impact of academic libraries at the institutional level.”

ACRL is excited to support this new research and looks forward to working with these researchers as their projects develop. Another round of research grants is anticipated in 2019.”


The outdated, time-intensive way authors currently submit and re-submit manuscripts to different publishers is quietly a major productivity killer for researchers globally. It is estimated that a staggering 15 million hours of researcher time is consumed each year, simply repeating reviews. But the problem, described by one expert as ‘publishing’s nasty secret’, could be solved if journals and publishers were able to transfer manuscripts between publications using different submission-tracking systems.

The MECA project will work towards a number of key goals, in order to address issues such as: Vocabulary: providing a standard nomenclature; Packaging: a simple, flexible, standard way to assemble files; Tagging: being able to pass submission information from system to system; Peer review: being able to pass review information from system to system; Transfer: enabling the transfer of information from system to system; Identity: a unique, consistent identity across systems; and Transmission: a simple, consistent way to send the information across systems.

Momentum has gathered pace since the project was first presented by John at the 2017 SSP Annual Meeting, with the first use case for the project now live…”