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.
© Katina Strauch