ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
eBook Platforms for Academic Librarians
Guest Editor, Audrey Powers
eBook Platforms for Academic Libraries – p. 1
by Audrey Powers — The goal of this series of papers is to provide an overview of current eBook platforms and to speculate on where they might be headed in the future.
eBook Platforms: Lessons Learned from Managing Multiple Providers – p. 12
by Trey Shelton, Tara Cataldo, and Amy Buhler — Gives an overview of multiple eBook platforms from the perspective of a large academic library.
eBook Lending Platforms – p. 22
by John Novak — For the purposes of this article, the definition of an eBook lending platform is one that contains eBooks from multiple publishers that patrons may browse and checkout.
eBook Aggregators: A Primer – p. 28
by Deborah Lenares — Most large publishers now have their own proprietary platforms, and also license their books through multiple aggregators.
Commercial Publisher eBook Platforms – p. 30
by Cris Ferguson — For the purposes of this analysis, a commercial eBook publisher is defined as a publisher whose eBook platform contains primarily its own content.
University Press eBook Platforms: A Brief Overview – p. 32
by Mark Johnson — In this article, Mark examines several of the leading university press eBook platforms, including “the big three” – Johns Hopkins’ Project MUSE, Oxford’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), and JSTOR – as well as BiblioVault, Cambridge Books Online, ebrary, and the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.
Op Ed – p. 38
Inadvertent Innovation by Joe Esposito — Joe says the moral is “don’t just invest in your core business; invest in capabilities.”
The Charleston Conference Continues – p. 78
Getting to No: Calling for an End to Contention by James Bunnell, Jill Emery, Michael Levine-Clark, Emily McElroy, Anne McKee, and Mary Page — This editorial is about the first keynote during the 33rd Charleston Conference.
Sprite – p. 26
A Poem by James Nicholas
ATG SPECIAL REPORT
Thoughts on the AHA Statement on Embargoes and Dissertations – p. 52
by Steven (Steve) Escar Smith — The American Historical Association has released a statement about young scholars’ embargoes and their dissertations which concerns Steve
Kurt Sanford – p. 44
Chief Executive Officer, ProQuest
Benjamin Shaw – p. 48
Chief Operating Officer, Edanz
Kurt Sanford – p. 45
Benjamin Shaw – p. 49
Publisher Profile — ProQuest – p. 46
Publisher Profile — Edanz – p. 50
From the Reference Desk – p. 34
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — In this issue Tom reviews Culture Wars in America: an Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices; The 50 States; From Suffrage to the Senate: America’s Political Women an Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes & Issues, and much more.
Book Reviews – p. 37
Monographic Musings by Deb Vaughn — This month, explore street lit RA.
The Peripatetic Browser – p. 37
by James N. R. Walser — A Book Review of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan.
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Legally Speaking – p. 41
Google Books Case Ends, Not With a Bang but a Simper by William M. Hannay
Questions and Answers – p. 42
Copyright Column by Laura Gasaway — Lolly answers questions about sound recordings, student-created manuals, and oral histories.
The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 53
The PROSE Awards by Myer Kutz — The PROSE Awards are given by the AAP and Myer has many insights.
Blurring Lines – p. 56
Business Models and Funding Models for Open Access eBooks: We Have Only Just Left the Starting Line by David Parker — David asserts the need for an as yet undiscovered revenue-generating business model for open access eBook publishing.
Biz of Acq – p. 61
PDA, eBooks, Print Books Usage and Expenditures: Knowledge Ecosystem Remix by Antje Mays — A look at print and eBook usage at Winthrop University. Despite the novelty and convenience of eBooks, demand for print books remains high.
And They Were There – p. 65
Reports of Meetings — This month Ramune Kubilius has covered the 2013 CAMA Medical History Symposium for us.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Bet You Missed It – p. 8
by Bruce Strauch — What do grave robbers and soccer hooligans have in common? Read about it here!
Notes from Langlois – p. 8
Prelude to Thoughts on Sustainability by Scott Alan Smith — An update on happenings at Langlois public library and the need for sustainability.
Booklover – p. 40
Bellow and “The Dean’s December” by Donna Jacobs — Many are those who have lost their lives in libraries.
Changing Library Operations – p. 54
MOOCs Some Thoughts from Library Experience by Allen McKiel and Jim Dooley — Jim and Allen draw some interesting patterns between the development of MOOCs and e-journals.
Little Red Herrings – p. 64
We Have Met the Enemy, And He Is Us by Mark Y. Herring — Mark thinks we should be more open-minded for our survival as a profession.
Collection Management Matters – p. 66
Selecting Books on the Side by Glenda Alvin — Glenda says all you need are a few trusted places that you can turn to for quality reviews.
Hidden Collections – p. 67
Are There “Hidden Collections” in Special Collection Libraries? by Allison Day — A new column in which Allison will be addressing hidden collections.
Collecting to the Core – p. 69
Milton Studies and Surprised by Sin by Cecile M. Jagodzinski — Books we need to keep in our collections.
Analyze This: Usage and Your Collection – p. 72
Usage Statistics at the Point of Need: Developing a Collaborative Electronic Usage Statistics Program by Anita K. Foster — This article describes the process developed and still in use at Illinois State University’s Milner Library.
Curating Collective Collections – p. 74
Data for Collection Assessment at a More Granular Level: ICON As An Example by Amy Wood — As a community, we must develop best practices for curating collective collections.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Decoder Ring – p. 57
Collaboration is King in Cartozia by Jerry Spiller — A new column focusing on the intersection of libraries and newer digital narrative forms. This month it’s Cartozia Tales.
Wandering the Web – p. 58
Sociocultural Hobby Sites: Acquisition and Decoration of Dollhouses and Miniature Displays as a Fun Educational Tool by Lesley Montgomery — Acquiring and creating miniature displays can be a learning tool, teaching collectors much about our current culture and the history of past decades.
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Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.