v32#1 February 2020 Table of Contents

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Rumors – p. 1

From Your Editor – p. 6

Letters to the Editor – p. 6

Deadlines – p. 6


Moving Forward with Analytics
Guest Editors: Kathleen McEvoy and John McDonald

Moving Forward with Analytics p. 1 by Kathleen McEvoy and John McDonaldAt look at revealing the data-driven library and providing librarians a window into how their peers are leveraging analytics to adjust collections and services.

Approving Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach to Monograph Acquisitions p.12 by Adam T. BeauchampThis article describes their process to evaluate monographic ordering by combining a variety of demand-based metrics (ILL, Circ, Resource Sharing) and use of ratios to normalize values across subject groups with vastly different numbers of observations.

Using Data to Rightsize Approval Spending p. 16 by Jennifer A. Mezick and Louis T. BeckerJennifer and Louis share their method to evaluate and revise their approval plan using analytics.

Data Privacy and Information Literacy Assessment: A Case Study p. 19 by Russell Michalak and Monica D. T. RysavyRussell and Monica detail their efforts to collect data and to incorporate learning analytics data into an assessment of their library’s instruction program.

Library Learning Analytics: A Proof of Concept Study p. 23 by John D. McDonald and Michael Levine-ClarkJohn and Michael describe their partnership on a proof of concept to merge library data with student outcomes measures and evaluate the feasibility of a robust production-grade system for library learning analytics.

One Academic Library’s Approach to the Learning Analytics Backlash p. 26 by Kirsten KinsleyKirsten recounts her and her colleagues’ experiences while attempting to build a data warehouse and library learning analytics system at their institution.

Op Ed — Headwaters — Holding Funders Accountable p. 30 by Kent AndersonHow funders spend their money and exert their influence matters.

Back Talk — What Do You Get for $90 Million? p. 78 by Jim O’DonnellJim says building a great library includes a lot of small stuff. 


Jane Burke — ExLibris, a ProQuest Company p. 48

Carol Tenopir — University of Tennessee, Knoxville p. 50

Profiles Encouraged p. 75


Collecting to the Core — Victorian Playwrights p. 31 by Angela CourtneyTheatrical pursuits throughout the Victorian era are marked with an enviable amount of creativity and innovation.

Reader’s Roundup: Monographic Musings & Reference Reviews p. 34 by Corey SeemanThis column and what we are doing continues to morph and grow over the coming months and years as the very nature of reference works and some monographs change.  We have eleven great reviews in this issue! 

Booklover — Lord Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise p. 41 by Donna JacobsWith this column, Donna explores Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio’s problems of success – alienation, poverty, loss of beauty, to mention a few.

Beginning of Library Science — Not Where You Thought it Happened p. 63 by Marjorie M.K. HlavaMarjorie says there is a great deal between these covers which make it a fascinating, albeit slow going, read.


On Institutional Repositories, “Beyond the Repository Services,” their Content, Maintainers, and Stakeholders p. 70 by Don Brower, Sandra Gesing, Rick Johnson, Natalie Meyers, Jessica Meyerson, and Mikala NarlockIRs have moved beyond end-of-life preservation toward transparently supporting the entire research data lifecycle.


Edited by Bruce Strauch and Jack Montgomery

Legally SpeakingBlackbeard Case Challenges States’ Rights on Infringement p. 42 by Anthony PaganelliCan the state be sued for copyright infringement?

Amazon Audible Settles With Publishers p. 44 by Bill HannayIt will be interesting to see how many publishers or authors choose to grant permission to Audible allowing the Captions feature for their works.

Cases of Note — Copyright & Changing Technology p. 45 by Bruce StrauchA look at Justin Goldman v. Breitbart News, Heavy Inc., Time, Inc. Yahoo, Inc. Vox Media Inc., Gannett Company, Inc. and about everyone else you could think of.

Questions and Answers p. 46 by Will CrossAs always, many relevant questions and answers.  Have you ever wondered who owns copyright in maps in a library’s collection?


Bet You Missed It p. 10 by Bruce StrauchWhat do Alabama football and Fyodor Dostoyevsky have in common?

The Scholarly Publishing Scene — Two and a Half Cheers for A&I Services p. 52 by Myer KutzA&I services are relevant to researchers for validating the value of journals in which they publish.

Little Red Herrings — Some Friends I Have Known p. 54 by Mark Y. HerringMark talks about his adventures with Friends of the Library.

And They Were There — Reports of Meetings p. 56 by Ramune K. KubiliusIn this issue of ATG you will find the first installment of 2019 Charleston Conference reports.

Temple University Celebrates the Opening of the Charles Library p. 74 by Donald T. HawkinsWatch for more stories about the Temple Library!


Optimizing Library ServicesTurbulent Times in Content Development: Remaining Efficacious Among Reorganizations, Fires, and the Serials Crisis p. 58 by Prof. Casey D. HoeveBy breaking out of the traditional mold, libraries can survive the turbulent times and avoid burnout with efficacious services and outcomes.

Oregon Trails — Booksellers Real and Fictional p. 61 by Thomas W. LeonhardtThis is an ode to booksellers whose “responsibilities of bookselling are immense.”  Hear! hear! 

Biz of Digital — Promoting Institutional Repositories Through Collaboration p. 65 by Marian Taliaferro, Kristy Borda and Natasha McFarland  — At William & Mary, W&M ScholarWorks serves as the university’s open access institutional repository.

Stop, Look, Listen — Demystifying Open Access Books p. 67 by Max Mosterd and Dr. Sven FundOpen Access for books is in its infancy;  publishers and institutions who wish to accelerate its adoption are becoming increasingly interested in analytics of OA content.


Considering Games in Libraries and SuchBlinking Lights and Pirates: Seat of the Pants BI Game Design p. 55 by Jared Alexander SeayJared sees a game in almost every situation and a game as a creative way to discover solutions.


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