- Keeping the Pages Turning at Duke Libraries was posted in Duke Today and highlights how Duke’s libraries have implemented creative ways in a year long pandemic to meet the community’s essential research needs, while at the same time, providing “a valuable constant in a time of upheaval.”
- Four Concerns About the new UC-Elsevier Deal appears in The Taper, a blog about copyright and related library policy authored by Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy for University of Virginia Library, Mr. Butler voices his misgivings about the highly touted deal between the University of California System (the UC) and Elsevier.
- On the Vast and Multitudinous Worlds of the Library is a post in Literary Hub by Jamie Vander Broek, art librarian at the University of Michigan. In her article Ms. Vander Broek compares libraries and museums, pointing to both their similarities and their major differences.
- Independent bookstore owners look back at a year spent trying to stay afloat. Not all of them succeeded according to this Washington Post article by freelance writer Angela Haupt. Ms Haupt interviews the owners of six indies and observes that “some independent bookstores prospered during year one of the coronavirus pandemic — their stories silver linings that pop against so much darkness. Others decided to call it a day. And for others yet, it’s too soon to predict which way the plot might twist.”
- Peak Open Access? For Some Scholarly Fields, the Growth in Openly Accessible Output Has Stalled in Recent Years is a post by Pablo Markin, Community Manager, Open Research Community in which he observes that “on the one hand, the ongoing pandemic has put preprint servers into the media spotlight that has been suggesting a decisive turn in favor of Open Access in 2020.” However he also notes that, “on the other hand, for individual scholarly fields, long-term data show that Open Access output has peaked in 2014-2017…”
And in case you missed it American Libraries’ posted its final report on what is ALA’s last Midwinter Conference. And although it was the last of a series of meetings that began in 1908, “it was a consequential one with more than 7,100 participants and marquee speakers such as Ruby Bridges, Ethan Hawke, Ziggy Marley, Cicely Tyson, Emmanuel Acho, US Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and new US First Lady Jill Biden. Many sessions centered on two major themes: equity, diversity, and inclusion; and library responses to the coronavirus pandemic…”