August 23, 2017

Scientists Seek New Credibility Outside of Established Journals

Open Access is only one part of a larger shift taking place in the academic world—particularly the sciences—says Richard Price, founder and CEO of academia.edu. Price argues that academia is moving toward a system where the credibility of research, publications, and ultimately researchers themselves, is gauged not by the prestige of the journal in which works are published, but by the usage, citations, and professional feedback that the works generate online.

For Librarians, a New Digital Resource on Students with Disabilities

Though school librarians have often struggled with meeting the needs of students with disabilities, Project ENABLE is a new resource that will help them assist this underserved population.

SLJ Seeks News Editor

School Library Journal (SLJ) is looking for a reporter/editor to write, assign, and edit news for our website, e-newsletters and award-winning magazine. If you have serious journalist chops, with an interest in covering libraries, education, and publishing, we’d be interested in hearing from you.

After Successful 3-Year Pilot, JSTOR Launches New Alumni Access Program

Exciting news from JSTOR. From Today’s Announcement: JSTOR is pleased to announce a new Alumni Access program, which enables participating higher education institutions to provide their alumni with access to their JSTOR archive collections.  This is an important next step in our ongoing efforts to extend access to scholarship to individuals around the world, and […]

Unglue.it is Back With 4 More Titles

I’ve noted before the efforts of the Gluejar team to “unglue” books by raising enough money to buy the permission of the copyright holder to put the book out in a special e-book edition in all sorts of formats for free. They freed their first book last June, just prior to the ALA Annual Conference. […]

ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement Protesting Ebook Pricing and Terms

Last week, more than 40 of the American Library Association’s 57 state and regional chapters signed a joint statement opposing the pricing and licensing terms that publishers and distributors have established for the sale of ebooks to libraries. “Libraries, like other consumers, should be free to buy any published e-content at competitive prices, to keep these items in their collection, and to loan them to their patrons,” reads a portion of the statement.

Media Spotlight: DVD Circ Holds Steady, For Now

Like VHS recorders before them, DVD and Blu-ray players will eventually vanish from U.S. households, as people transition toward options such as cloud storage for content that they own and streaming services for content they want to rent. And, like every media format transition before, this shift is posing challenges for libraries as they attempt to serve their existing patrons, plan for the future, and maintain circulation figures on limited collections budgets.

Software and Editorial Board Ready, PeerJ Announces Call for Papers

PeerJ, a new multidisciplinary Open Access journal focused on the Biological and Medical Sciences, today announced its first formal Call for Papers. Submissions will be accepted beginning December 3, 2012. When the Journal’s launch was announced in June, company co-founders Jason Hoyt, formerly the chief scientist and vice president for research and development at research software provider Mendeley, and Peter Binfield, formerly the publisher of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), told LJ that they were anticipating a “wholesale move” to open access in academic publishing,

Building a Digital Public Library of America

John Palfrey

This is the first in an occasional series of articles that will explore issues surrounding the efforts to launch and expand the Digital Public Library of America.     Above the front doors of the Boston Public Library (BPL) appear the words: “Free to all.” These three words face Copley Square and, beyond that, Trinity […]

A Call for Fair Ebook Pricing: Site-based pricing has small schools overcharged

Christopher Harris shares his thoughts on how rural districts—with an average size of 1,100 students and less than half the budget of the average New York school district—are, in effect, subsidizing the state’s large, wealthy, suburban systems, which are purchasing the same content at the same cost per building.