ATG Caught My Eye 6/19/20

by | Jun 19, 2020 | 0 comments

  • All By Ourselves is a post appearing in Publishers Weekly by Brian Kenney in which he notes that while “states are pushing to reopen, many libraries are having to figure out their own way forward.” He bemoans the lack of leadership from many of the “experts, and institutions librarians normally turn to for guidance.” Mr. Kenney goes on to discuss the efforts of his own library, the White Plains Public Library (N.Y.) as they plan their reopening.
  • Richard Charkin: Ten Publishing Things That Will Never Be The Same is British publishing executive Richard Charkin‘s “list of irreversible changes” that he sees coming in the world of academic publishing. Mr. Charkin sees a future of industry upheaval with changes ranging from scientific publishers abandoning any semblance of print production to the end of the typical midtown office to “no more sales conferences in exotic places.” He also provides a list of things that won’t change.
  • Making Monographs Open is an article by Inside HigherED’s Lindsay McKenzie that reports on a project being lead by University of North Carolina Press “that aims to slash the cost of producing monographs that could help make more of them available to the public for free.” But according to the article, it will take both attracting subsidies and streamlining processes and workflows. It also involves providing books digitally at first and after a 90 day embargo, allowing interested readers to purchase print copies. The article continues to discuss a number of challenges to open access scholarly monograph publishing.

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