- Transforming Library Leadership Strategy in a Time of Crisis: Introducing the Special Edition Library Survey 2020 (via Ithaka S+R) by Jennifer K. Frederick reports that a special edition of the Library Survey is being planned. Usually published every three years by ITHAKA S+R, this special edition is being undertaken to examine how academic library directors are adapting to the significant changes they are being confronted with in the age of COVID-19. Attention will focus on areas that are most likely to have been impacted by recent events including budgeting, staffing, collections, digital services and physical space.
- How technology literally changes our brains is an edited excerpt of an interview that Ezra Klien did with Nicholas Carr author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. In their conversation Carr and Klien “discuss how speaking, reading, and now the internet have each changed our brains in different ways, why “paying attention” doesn’t come naturally to us, why we’re still reading Marshall McLuhan, how human memory actually works, why having your phone in sight makes you less creative, what separates “deep reading” from simply reading, why deep reading is getting harder, why building connections is more important than absorbing information, the benefits to collapsing the world into a connected digital community, and much more…” (It also included a link to the full podcast interview.)
- Covid-19 Shows That Scientific Journals Need to Open Up is a post by Bloomberg Opinion columnist, Justin Fox in which he argues that “publishers have had a good 355 years, but change is coming.” Ironically, he also claims that the change is been accelerated by the publishing industry generous response to Covid-19 that made “virtually all the scientific research being produced about it, free to read.” Mr Fox goes on to note that the shift was begun by the Open-access movement in which scientific journals are made “publicly available and paywall-free” with the growing support of “government agencies and large foundations that fund much scientific research.” But it won’t happen overnight and Mr. Fox proves it by continuing his post with a thorough history of the publishing industry that highlights its staying power.
- Chapter Preprint: “Library Discovery Directions” by Lorcan Dempsey, is a foreword to the edited collection Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library (2020), In it, Mr. Dempsey discusses the diversified scope of library discovery. He notes that “in only a few years, the emphasis of library discovery has shifted, expanding from consideration of a particular library application (most recently the “discovery layer”) to a broader consideration of user behaviors and service development in a complex network ecosystem of offerings. A full appreciation of discovery and discoverability in a library environment now involves thinking about much more than the discovery layer…”
Additional items that might pique your interest:
- A Case for Continued Strategic Investments by Research Libraries to Advance Research and Learning written by ARL’s Mary Lee Kennedy and CNI’s Clifford Lynch and posted in ARL News.
- Open Content Activities in Libraries: Same Direction, Different Trajectories — Findings from the 2018 OCLC Global Council Survey – An OCLC Research report that “synthesizes findings from the 2018-19 Global Council survey on current and future planned open content activities for a global cohort of research and university libraries.”