October 30, 2014

Q&A: Gale VP and General Manager Jim Draper

Q&A: Gale VP and General Manager Jim Draper

On October 16, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries.” Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is a gold sponsor of the event, and LJ reached out to Jim Draper, Vice President and General Manager, Gale, in the first of a series of interviews addressing how the ongoing digital shift is transforming libraries.

Q&A: Dan Cohen on His Role as the Founding Executive Director of DPLA

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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week appointed Dan Cohen as its founding Executive Director. LJ caught up with him to discuss his work as Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and his plans for DPLA.

Flying Twice as High: Reading Rainbow 2.0 | SLJ Talks to LeVar Burton

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Thirty years after its debut, most of us can still remember every word of the theme song and hum its melody. That’s the legacy of, and the power behind, Reading Rainbow, says LeVar Burton. In this one-on-one interview, Burton chats candidly to SLJ about the reiteration of the brand as a subscription-based tablet app and its anticipated expansion to the Web, children’s literacy, his ongoing mission to create lifelong readers, and his efforts to advocate for access for all kids.

Scientists Seek New Credibility Outside of Established Journals

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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.

Q&A: Scott Wasinger, EBSCO Publishing’s VP of Sales, Ebooks and Audiobooks

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Scott Wasinger, EBSCO Publishing’s VP of Sales, Ebooks and Audiobooks, discusses EBSCO’s new Collection Manager tool, new options for patron driven acquisition, and plans to expand the company’s fiction and audiobook offerings in 2013, as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Q&A: Steve Potash, President and CEO of OverDrive On New APIs, OverDrive Read, WIN Catalog and More

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Steve Potash, OverDrive President and CEO, discusses several new developments at the company, including new APIs to simplify ebook integration, the new OverDrive Read browser-based ereader, and the company’s new WIN catalog, as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Q&A: Tom Mercer, 3M Library Systems Digital Business Development Leader On Penguin Pilot and Ebook Integration

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Tom Mercer, 3M Library Systems digital business development leader, discusses 3M’s integration efforts with ILS provider Polaris, and their recently launched pilot with Penguin Books and the New York Public Library, as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Q&A: Follett Library Resources Director of Digital Products John A. Williams on Ebooks in preK-12

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John A. Williams, director of digital products for Follett Library Resources, discusses the growing role that ebooks are playing in preK-12 education as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Q&A: Gale EVP Frank Menchaca on Digitization and Ed2Go College Courses

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Frank Menchaca, executive vice president of publishing for Gale Cengage Learning, discusses digitization projects and the company’s new college courses for public libraries as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Q&A: Ingram Library Services VP Rich Rosy on E-Content Management

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Rich Rosy, vice president and general manager of Ingram Library Services, discusses the distributor’s views on e-content management as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.