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ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
Brave New World — Access and Authority in 2020
Guest Editor: Lettie Y. Conrad
Brave New World — Access and Authority in 2020 p.1 by Lettie Y. Conrad — This issue is dedicated to establishing a collaborative understanding of where we go from here, in the brave new world of access and authority in 2020.
Library Response to Pandemic Closings: Implications for Network Access, Privacy, and Security p. 12 by Marshall Breeding — The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to massive changes in libraries. These new patterns require substantial efforts in the deployment of supporting technologies, especially those related to network access and authentication.
Beyond Sci-Hub: Cyber Challenges for the Scholarly Communications Industry p. 17 by Rick Anderson, Robert Boissy, and Sharon Mattern Büttiker — Ultimately, how can we all work together better to address challenges of balancing security and simple authentication methods from multiple locations and devices.
Acquiring Scholarly Content: Is It Possible to Set Users on the Right Path, Even If They Start Off on the Wrong Foot? p. 20 by Scott Ahlberg — The path to acquiring scholarly content is not concrete. That is, there is no single, established route researchers take to find and obtain the articles they need for their studies.
10 Principles of Simplifying Access to Keep Libraries at the Center of the Research Process p. 22 by Kendall Bartsch and John Seguin — Researchers are increasingly leaving behind traditional routes to content. In response, publishers, libraries and technology companies are developing new initiatives to simplify and expedite access to authoritative content.
Access is People: Navigating the E-resource Access Landscape During a Pandemic p. 24 by Abigail Wickes — The pitfalls of the content pipeline and the importance of building relationships with the people facilitating access at each point becomes even more important when options change so drastically.
When Thinking “Access,” Think Like a User p. 26 by Christopher Lee and Robert Lisiecki — Users are shifting to online learning and library support of faculty and students is provided completely virtually. In this piece we shapeshift to think about access from a user’s perspective instead of from our own.
Op Ed — Random Ramblings– Problems with Searching Amazon: You Can’t Always Find What You Want p. 36 by Bob Holley — Confused by not finding items through a well-formulated search but then serendipitously discovering them in some unexpected way prompted Bob to investigate this issue.
Back Talk — Carpe Diem – Seizing Pandemic Opportunities? p. 86 by Ann Okerson — So what do we make of this chaotic and erratic information environment? We can draw a few lessons.
ATG INTERVIEWS & PROFILES
Profiles Encouraged p. 81
ATG SPECIAL REPORT
Does the Repository Reflect the Institution? p. 54 by Gail McMillan — This study looked at VTechWorks, the IR at Virginia Tech, as a whole and through three lenses.
Reader’s Roundup: Monographic Musings & Reference Reviews p. 28 by Corey Seeman — Two types of reviews in one column. What we are doing continues to morph and grow as the very nature of reference works and some monographs change.
Booklover — Travel During An Apocalypse p. 32 by Donna Jacobs — Peter Handke’s novel Short Letter, Long Farewell was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Collecting to the Core — Decolonizing Francophone Literature p. 33 by Kathleen A. Langan — This essay explores philosophical approaches to classification and knowledge organization and reflects on how we assign value and meaning.
Edited by Bruce Strauch and Jack Montgomery
Legally Speaking — “McEngage” Disengages p. 50 by Bill Hannay — McGraw-Hill and Cengage were prepared to divest (or spin off) a few titles or subject areas where there was substantial overlap, but the DOJ and the CMA were looking to have the companies shed significantly more overlap products.
Cases of Note — Copyright – Ripping off Lady Liberty p. 51 by Bruce Strauch — Robert Davidson v. The United States.
Questions and Answers — Copyright Column p. 52 by Will Cross — As always, many relevant questions and answers. Who owns course materials? And what’s the importance of precedent to the Supreme Court judges?
Bet You Missed It p. 10 by Bruce Strauch — What do Oscar Wilde and Carrie Fisher have in common? Read it here!
And They Were There — Reports of Meetings p. 57 by Ramune K. Kubilius — The third installment of 2019 Charleston Conference reports.
Don’s Conference Notes p. 77 by Donald T. Hawkins — A brief summary of the NISOPlus2020 Conference.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Stop, Look, Listen — Eight Lessons Learned From Eight Years of Open Access p. 61 by Dr. Sven Fund — This article considers some key takeaways from an insider perspective, which should be of interest to publishers, libraries and research funding agencies.
Oregon Trails — RIP – He Liked To Read p. 63 by Thomas W. Leonhardt — Tom likes to read!
Biz of Digital — Case Study: Librarians as Interdisciplinary Digital Research Project Partners- An Overview of Recently Established and Emerging Digital Research Projects and Support Services Led and Implemented by the Rowan University Libraries by p. 65 Benjamin Saracco and Shilpa Rele
Optimizing Library Services — Academic Library Response to COVID-19 p. 67 by Prof. Jennifer Joe — We should be planning for two different futures: one where we are able to return to our buildings, and one where we are not.
Squirreling Away: Managing Information Resources & Libraries — Our Grand Intermission: Libraries & Change Management p. 75 by Corey Seeman — It is definitely the time to think long and hard about what we are doing and what will be needed of us after we get to return to normal – or what we think will be normal.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Considering Games in Libraries and Such — Zoom-A-Zooma Head Shots: In Virtual and In The Real p. 69 by Jared Alexander Seay — During this time of pandemic exile, we have reached the point now where we too need to start distinguishing between working in virtual and working in the real.
Library Analytics: Shaping the Future — Inspec: Precision Analytics for Research Excellence–Upcycling, Innovation, Relevance and Renewal: How Analytics Transformed our Business by p. 70 Vincent Cassidy
The Innovator’s Saga — An Interview with Alex Lazinica p. 72 by Darrell W. Gunter — We are excited to welcome Darrell to Against the Grain!