Reinventing Libraries Keynote Panel Looks into Industry’s Future appears in Digital Shift and highlights “Reinventing Libraries,” a virtual event produced by Library Journal and School Library Journal which “looked at the broad spectrum of ways in which libraries are remaking themselves and rethinking their missions—and how to accomplish them—in the digital age. Throughout the day, panelists gave presentations, took questions from honing new skills, developing new ones, and thinking ahead about what assets will make a successful library—and a successful librarian—in the future…”
- Authors Accept Censors’ Rules to Sell in China published in the The New York Times reports that “Chinese readers of Ezra F. Vogel’s sprawling biography of China’s reformist leader Deng Xiaoping may have missed a few details that appeared in the original English edition… Mr. Vogel, a professor emeritus at Harvard, said the decision to allow Chinese censors to tinker with his work was an unpleasant but necessary bargain, one that allowed the book to reach the kind of enormous readership many Western authors can only dream of…”
Open access: six myths to put to rest is a post in the Guardian by Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, insisting that “Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better.” He offers six examples that support his contention ranging from mistaken perceptions about fees, to misunderstandings about author-publisher responsibilities, to the perceived lack of quality in OA journals to confusion about “gold” and “green” open access.
- Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update is a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project that finds among other things that “the number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.” The report also contains a number of tables with other fascinating data.