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v32#5 November, 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


Short Books — Guest Editors:  Steven Weiland and Matthew Ismail

Short Books: An Introduction p. 1 by Steven Weiland and Matthew IsmailThere has long been nothing in the large space between the journal article and the book.

Stanford University Press: Stanford Briefs p. 14 by Matthew IsmailThe origins of these briefs originated in a willingness to experiment at a time when the publishing world was challenged to innovate.

University of Minnesota Press: Forerunners p. 16 by Matthew IsmailThe Press didn’t exactly plan to start this series of brief books so much as they began to observe an interesting space opening in the new publishing environment. 

Springer Nature: SpringerBriefs p. 18 by Matthew IsmailThese briefs were launched at a time when Springer wanted to introduce something new and innovative into the market.

Palgrave Macmillan: Palgrave Pivots p. 20 by Matthew IsmailThe origin of this series lies in a decision made to examine the publishing challenges faced by researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Matthew Engelke and Prickly Paradigm Press: The Return of the Pamphleteer p. 22 by Steven WeilandThe pamphlet and the pamphleteer can be seen as historical examples of a style in communications that can add something important to academic writing. 

John Hartigan: The Discipline of Brevity p. 24 by Steven WeilandThe University of Minnesota Press was seeking to “give authors space to explore idea-driven works that often aren’t taken up by university presses…”

Marina van Zuylen: Short Books Should Be Everywhere p. 28 by Steven WeilandThe academic book can be a sign of professional habit.  “The long book certainly satisfies our puritanical work ethic.”

Marina Van Zuylen: An Author and Her Short Books p. 29 The French have a wonderful way of turning long essays into short books.

Op Ed – Random Ramblings The American Library Association, Not Just for Librarians p. 30 by Bob HolleyBob says there are many large groups of non-librarians who ought to be in the ALA.

Back Talk — Back to School! p. 94 by Jim O’DonnellWell, we have a real opportunity.  We’ve been analog-with-digital-supplement for thirty years+ and we’ve gotten good at it.  It’s time to make sure that everything we do can be done digitally! 


Khal Rudin – Managing Director, Adam Matthew Digital p. 52

Profiles Encouraged p. 92


Booklover — Yeats.  Al Writers.  The Second Coming p. 34 by Donna JacobsDonna explores William Butler Yeats’ short story: “The Crucifixion of the Outcast.”  She also wonders whether AI will break the writing barrier.

Reader’s Roundup: Monographic Musings & Reference Reviews p. 38 by Corey SeemanTwo types of reviews in one column.  And be sure to check out Corey’s reviewers page at https://sites.google.com/view/squirrelman/atg-readers-roundup.

ATG Food + Beverage Roundup — Cooking at Home p. 90 by Nicole Ameduri and Lisa Janicke HinchliffeThis column is an inspiration to those of us stuck at home and hungry!


The LYRASIS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2020 Survey Report p. 74 by Hannah RosenAfter data clean-up, this survey – conducted between April and June of 2020 – yielded 159 responses.  The majority of respondents were academic libraries.

Librarian Engagement at the University of Minnesota p. 76 by Jennie M. BurroughsAlmost twenty years on, the University of Minnesota continues to value librarian outreach and engagement throughout the academic community.

We All Serve: Library-wide Distributed Desk Service p. 78 by Bo Baker and Theresa LiedtkaThe premise of this article is that the distribution of core responsibilities across all staff members supports needed library-wide operations.


Edited by Bruce Strauch and Jack Montgomery

Legally Speaking — The Internet Archive Lawsuit p. 63 by Anthony PaganelliIs controlled digital lending legal under U.S. Copyright law?

Questions and Answers — Copyright Column p. 64 by Will CrossAs always, many relevant questions and answers.  Several highly pertinent questions about the Visual Artists Rights Act and the copyright office!


Bet You Missed It p. 12 by Bruce StrauchWhat do W.C. Fields and James Bond have in common?  Read it here!

The Scholarly Publishing Scene — Footprints and Karen Hunter p. 54 by Myer KutzA charming column about the irreplaceable Karen Hunter.

And They Were There — Reports of Meetings p. 56 by Ramune K. KubiliusIn this issue of ATG you will find the fifth installment of 2019 Charleston Conference reports.  Watch for the final batch of reports in our next issue.

Headwaters — Has the Elite’s Bubble Detached? p. 61 by Kent AndersonWe need to ensure we’re attached to reality and the broadest possible version of our society, or the mission of higher education may become irrelevant to millions.


Oregon Trails — Big Little Johnny Jenkins p. 36 by Thomas W. LeonhardtI confess, I sent this book to Tom to read because I was fascinated with the shenanigans of Johnny Jenkins.  It’s quite an unsolved mystery.

Biz of Digital — Repository Quick Submit and CV Scraping p. 66 by Deborah Revzin and Colin B. LukensComplicated licensing and author re-use rights can sometimes be viewed as a barrier by authors who are looking to deposit their work.

The Digital Toolbox: Case Studies, Best Practices and Data for the Academic Librarian — eBooks and Audiobooks Support Remote Learning in Time of Crisis p. 68 by Steve RosatoFor Maria Aghazarian, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Swarthmore College, nothing could have prepared her for the“rapid changes this spring.”

Optimizing Library Services — Insights From a Professor and Researcher p. 69 How Librarians and Doctoral Education Leadership Can Partner to Provide Stronger Programs During the “New Normal” by Dr. Robin ThroneA solid digital infrastructure between LIS professionals and other members of the doctoral community is essential.

Both Sides Now: Vendors and Librarians – Virtually, Yours p. 72 by Michael GruenbergThe virtual  “trade show” experience is quite different from its in-person cousin.


Wandering the Web — An Arsenal of Military Websites p. 82 by Dan ForrestThis particular Internet bibliography is designed to provide access to the world of those men and women who serve in our military services.

Let’s Get Technical — Linked Data: Old Wine In A New Bottle p. 84 by Kyle Banerjee and Susan J. MartinImplemented well, library adaptation of Linked Data will largely be invisible to library staff.

Library Analytics: Shaping the Future  — Let’s Talk Research p. 86 by Tamir BorensztajnThe library functions as the “hub” that transacts the flow of information.

Emerging Tech: To Be or Not to Be? — Analytics in an Open Access World p. 87 by Deni Auclair and John CorkerySome possible approaches to open access.


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