ISSUES, NEWS, & GOINGS ON
Rumors – p. 1
From Your Editor – p. 6
Letters to the Editor – p. 6
Deadlines – p. 6
Library Platforms — Guest Editor, Trey Shelton
Library Platforms – p. 1
by Trey Shelton — The term is intentionally broad, and includes any tool libraries use to offer services and/or content, either homegrown or otherwise acquired. Most library platforms are generally back-end or behind-the-scenes tools designed to assist in the operations of the library.
Current and Future Library Catalogs: An Introduction to FOLIO – p. 12
by Peter McCracken — At Cornell University, the library spent nearly 70% of its 2016/17 materials budget on electronic resources. Many institutions spend a much higher percentage on electronic resources. But too many libraries — including Cornell — do not yet have tools that can effectively manage the result of this significant shift in spending.
Optimizing an Octopus: A Look at the Current State of Electronic Resources Management and New Developments in the CORAL ERM System – p. 18
by Heather Wilson — The reality is that electronic resources management (ERM) is dynamic, unstable, and unpredictable, and that is if the librarian is lucky enough to work in a library that promotes innovative approaches to those processes.
Homegrown Search Results and Platforms – p. 21
by Elizabeth Siler — Although we have some of the most powerful search engines in the world in OPACs, Discovery Services, and leveraging the all-powerful Google, these resources do not always direct users to the unique or specialized content provided by the library. To help promote these resources, libraries have come up with some unique ways to display and market this content by creating local search results and databases.
Evaluating IR Platforms: Usability Criteria for End Users and IR Managers – p. 25
by Rachel Walton — How can we evaluate IR platforms?
Beyond Bibliographic Discovery: Bringing Concepts and Findings into the Mix – p. 28
by Athena Hoeppner — Despite encompassing a significant percentage of library content and richly featured interfaces with sophisticated relevance ranking algorithms and an ever-growing suite of functions, Web Scale Discovery (WSD) does not meet every type of user need, as evidenced by the continued existence and use of subject indexes and other databases.
Vendor Platforms — Tools for Efficient Library Acquisitions – p. 29
by Justin Clarke — In the past 25 years, the library supply vendor community has embraced emerging technologies to advance their online platforms used by customers to identify and obtain resources for their patrons.
Op Ed – p. 32
Open Data, the New Frontier for Open Research by Tim Britton — Why is it that open data is not yet the norm given that it is fifteen years since the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its trail-blazing 2003 Statement on Sharing Research Data?
Back Talk – p. 78
Balancing the Books by Jim O’Donnell — Our books have a problem. Whatever competition there is for attention from other and newer media, our books are competing with themselves. How do we keep the love alive?
Book Reviews – p. 40
Monograph Musings by Regina Gong — In this issue books reviewed include Inherent Strategies in Library Management and Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work.
Collecting to the Core – p. 42
Best Practices in College Student Development by Dr. Beth A. McDonough and Dr. April Perry — This column highlights mono-graphic works that are essential to the academic library within a particular discipline, inspired by the Resources for College Libraries.
Booklover – p. 43
Japanese Art by Donna Jacobs — Have you read An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro?
Wryly Noted – p. 44
Books About Books by John Riley — A look inside Photographed Letters on Wings: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War II by Tom Weiner with Bill Streeter.
Oregon Trails – p. 45
Favorite Books of 2017 by Thomas W. Leonhardt — This is a list of Tom’s top 17 books!
ATG SPECIAL REPORT
Messing with Success: The Charleston Library Conference FutureLab – p. 34
by Mark Sandler — Through a variety of more or less standard techniques, Charleston Future Lab facilitators sought to surface a degree of consensus around a handful of themes from the hundred-plus submitted statements.
ATG INTERVIEWS & PROFILES
Pat Sabosik – p. 39
General Manager, ACI Scholarly Blog Index
Profiles Encouraged – p. 74
In this issue we have one up and comer profile, many people profiles, and two company profiles.
Edited by Bryan Carson, Bruce Strauch, and Jack Montgomery
Cases of Note — Copyright – p. 52
Substantial Similarity by Bruce Strauch — This one is about designing greeting cards with pumpkins and fir trees. Substantial Similarity or not?
Questions and Answers – p. 52
Copyright Column by Laura N. Gasaway — Many relevant questions and answers. Fascinating question about a wikileaks PDF and copyright.
Bet You Missed It – p. 10
by Bruce Strauch — What do dissertations and biometric litigation have in common? Read about it here!
The Scholarly Publishing Scene – p. 46
Getting Attention by Myer Kutz — What is or should be the role of the popular press in article transmission? What is the future direction of the journals business?
And They Were There – p. 47
Reports of Meetings — In this issue we have a report on the @Risk Forum by Tony Horava, and an indepth report on the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) conference by Anthony Watkinson, and the first batch of reports from the 2017 Charleston Conference compiled by Ramune Kubilius and provided by a group of conference reporters.
BOOKSELLING AND VENDING
Biz of Acq – p. 55
Planning for the Unplannable: Meeting Unexpected Collections Budget Demands by Christine K. Dulancy — What to do in mid-year when the DDA budget runs out of funds?
Both Sides Now: Vendors and Librarians – p. 56
Reinvention by Michael Gruenberg — Rod Stewart gets Mike’s vote as the poster child of reinvention.
Optimizing Library Services – p. 58
How Information Scientists Can Help Fix the Broken Peer Review Process by Jeremy Horne — A common core of standards and recommended practices should be developed and applied appropriately to various disciplines that all peer reviewers in their respective areas would use.
Being Earnest with Collections – p. 63
What Happens After Short-Term Loan Withdrawal by Carol Joyner Cramer — What happens when you drop content from your DDA pool?
Squirreling Away: Managing Information Resources & Libraries – p. 69
Snow Plows or No Plows – What’s a City to Do? by Corey Seeman — This new column intends to provide an eclectic exploration of business and management topics relative to the intersection of publishing, librarianship and the information industry.
TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDS
Let’s Get Technical – p. 65
Improving Electronic Resources Management Communication with Chat Solutions by Michael Fernandez — Michael explains the challenges he and his staff faced with communicating among themselves and the steps that were taken to improve communication.
Library Analytics: Shaping the Future – p. 67
Applying Data Analysis: Demonstrate Value, Shape Services, and Broaden Information Literacy by John McDonald and Kathleen McEvoy — Are we making use of anonymous user data?
Charleston Comings and Goings – p. 71
News and Announcements for the Charleston Library Conference by Leah H. Hinds
ALA Midwinter Meeting 2018 – p. 72
February 9-13, Denver, CO by Leah H. Hinds