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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
State of the “Big Deal” — Guest Editor, Matthew Ismail
State of the “Big Deal” – p. 1
by Matthew Ismail — The purpose of this special issue of Against the Grain is to present different perspectives on the Big Deal in this digital age. Our purpose is neither to condemn nor to celebrate the Big Deal, but rather to understand its impact on various libraries and publishers since it emerged in the late 1990s.
The Big Deal and SAGE – p. 14
by Elisabeth Leonard — SAGE adapted its distribution and publication strategies in the early 2000s in response to changes in the scholarly communication market, driven by the emergence of the powerful online STEM publication field and the Big Deal.
Choosing Independence or Feeding the Beast? The Big Deal and Small or Society Publishers – p. 16
by Sven Fund — Sven suggests that the conversation about the Big Deal has revolved mostly around cost efficiencies for libraries and the the strategies of large publishers. He wants more freedom and variety of offerings.
The Economics of the Big Deal: The Bulls, the Bears and the Farm – p. 18
by Susann deVries — This one focuses on TBL, the Triple Bottom Line.
After the Big Deals Are Done – p. 22
by Jonathon Nabe — This is about leaving the Big Deal.
Doubling Down on the Big Deal in Wisconsin – p. 23
by Doug Way — The pros and cons of the Big Deal.
The Big Deal at Michigan State University – p. 26
by Steve Sowards — The Big Deal and its compelling reasons.
“Managing the Big Deal” – p. 27
by Monica Moore — There is a significant amount of staff time and resources involved for the initial acquisition and the ongoing management.
Op Ed – p. 46
Pelikan’s Antidisambiguation “Alexa, Read me War and Peace” by Michael Pelikan — Do you use Alexa?
Back Talk – p. 86
Saving Serendipity by Jim O’Donnell — Jim says that browsing deserves immense respect as a cultural practice and we should do our best to rescue it from oblivion.
ATG SPECIAL REPORTS
Purchasing Articles by Demand Driven Acquisition: An Alternative Serial Distribution Model for Libraries – p. 35
by Jonathan H. Harwell and James Bunnelle — This article presents Jonathan’s and James’ argument in favor of DDA for serial content.
Acquisition to Cataloging: Examining the Handoff in Electronic Resources Workflow – p. 40
by Rhonda Glazier and Sommer Browning — This paper examines situations in which the eResources workflow responsibility crosses departments making the handoff murky and confusing.
Tale of Woe – p. 44
by Alison Lampley — Alison is trying to cope with positive ways to supplement staff and database loses. Sound familiar?
ATG INTERVIEWS & PROFILES
Don Beagle – p. 29
Library Director, Belmont Abbey College by Barbara Tierney
Blurring Lines – p. 33
Discovering Black Quotidian and Impacting the Learner: An Interview with Matt Delmont, Professor of History, Arizona State University by David Parker
Katherine Skinner – p. 30
Executive Director, Educopia Institute
Profiles Encouraged – p. 82
Our New Section in ATG — In this issue we have included profiles for ten authors and/or interviewees which are featured in this issue as well as a profile for the Educopia Institute.
Book Reviews – p. 47
Monograph Musings by Regina Gong — This issue has a comparative review of Metadata; and The Metadata Handbook; a review of Ace the Interview, Land a Librarian Job; and more.
Booklover – p. 50
Changing of the Guards by Donna Jacobs — This one’s about Bob Dylan and song lyrics and parallels to the 2016 election.
Collecting to the Core – p. 51
Educational Technology by Kate Corby — Books we need to keep in our collections.
Oregon Trails – p. 52
Muir and Muir About Book-Collecting by Thomas W. Leonhardt — Percy H. Muir is a name that features prominently in the literature of book-collecting.
From the Reference Desk – p. 54
Reviews of Reference Titles by Tom Gilson — Tom reviews the SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation; the Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others; and Music Innovators. Don’t miss his “extra servings!”
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Cases of Note – p. 56
Invasion of Privacy, Appropriation by Bruce Strauch — BELA GEORGE LUGOSI et al. v. UNIVERSAL PICTURES.
Questions and Answers – p. 56
Copyright Column by Laura N. Gasaway — Many relevant questions and answers. What’s the benefit of electronic copyright registration?
Bet You Missed It – p. 12
by Bruce Strauch — What do falconers and Dukes have in common? Read it here!
Little Red Herrings – p. 58
Arf! A Bark Really Worse than Its Bite by Mark Y. Herring — Whew! Mark wants coping and acceptance of the real world.
A Vision for an Integrated System for Open-Access Regional Publishing – p. 59
by Sanford G. Thatcher — Exploring the potential for building a system for open-access regional publishing from the ground level of local historical societies and public libraries, up through a state university library and press, onto the national level of the DPLA, and eventually worldwide.
The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 61
Finding Stuff Out by Myer Kutz — For better or worse the way of the world now is computer screens.
Random Ramblings – p. 62
Major Changes in Amazon’s Fees for Book Sellers by Bob Holley — Bob dissects the upcoming changes to Amazon’s fees for book sellers.
And They Were There – p. 72
Reports of Meetings — Sever Bordeianu has reported on SALALM 61 and this issue includes the first batch of reports from the 2016 Charleston Conference by Ramune Kubilius and her crack team of reporters.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Optimizing Library Services – p. 64
Research Data Supporting Services that Libraries Can Offer based on the Experience of the University of Tartu Library by Liisi Lembinen — A new era driven by data management and technological solutions has arrived.
A Little Publishing History – p. 66
Publisher-Librarian Discourse & The 150-Year-Old Reference Source by John Schmittroth — This is about the Ayer Newspaper Directory once a classic in reference collection.
Curating Collective Collections – p. 67
MI-SPI: License to Save by Pamela A. Grudzien — MI-SPI is helping the shared print community to figure out how existing state and regional projects can knit together and move toward a national level of collection management.
Both Sides Now: Vendors and Librarians – p. 69
Terms & Conditions by Michael Gruenberg — Can you defend your price?
Being Earnest with Collections – p. 70
Improving Internal Communications at Georgetown University Library by Melissa Jones — Melissa provides best practices to improve communication between the various stakeholders involved with decisions about subscription review and cancellation.
Biz of Acq – p. 76
Deep Dive: Differentiated eBook Usage Between Collection Types Across Disciplines by Antje Mays — This is the last in a three-part series about Winthrop University’s eBook patron-driven acquisitions program.
Charleston Conference 2017 – p. 8
Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition — Call for Papers, Ideas, Conference Themes, Panels, Debates, Diatribes, Speakers, Poster Sessions, Preconferences, etc.
Charleston Comings and Goings – p. 8
News and Announcements for the Charleston Library Conference by Leah Hinds — Keeping you updated on the 37th Annual Charleston Conference.