Archive for March 2012

Why Is Science Both More Important and Less Trusted?

Science has always been politicized, but its political involvement and use is different these days. What is happening? And what can we do about it? Continue reading

The 2012 Tools of Change Keynote — LeVar Burton Uses the Two Most Important Words

LeVar Burton’s keynote from Tools of Change is amusing, interesting, and inspiring. Continue reading

The Article — Not Quite Dead Yet

UKSG Coverage – The Future of Scholarly Journals: slow evolution, rapid transformation – or redundancy? @CameronNeylon and @Michael_Mabe debate at #UKSGlive Continue reading

The Risks of Risk Aversion

Leadership at organizations of all kinds often justifies inaction with the statement, “We’re risk averse.” But is being risk-averse itself courting a set of risks? Is there any risk-free choice? Continue reading

Amazon, PDA, and Library Sales for Books

Amazon’s sales to libraries and patron-driven acquisitions have many interesting marketplace parallels, but Amazon works only with print for libraries, whereas PDA is mostly digital. This could lead Amazon to enter the PDA market through acquisition. Continue reading

The Problems With Calling Comments “Post-Publication Peer-Review”

There’s much more to making “post-publication peer-review” work, much less a valid form of peer-review. Rebranding comments and letters isn’t sufficient. Maybe it’s time to recognize over-reach. Continue reading

Can He Fix it? CrossRef Launches ‘Toon to Inspire Young Publishers

Will a new cartoon designed to lure children into digital publishing work? Yes, it can. Continue reading

The Portal Problem, Part 1: The Plight of the Britannica

Did the Encyclopedia Britannica stop printing because of the limitations of print? Or is there something more pernicious at the roots of Britannica’s problems? Continue reading

Speed and Retention — Are e-Readers Slower and More Forgetful?

E-readers seem to slow information accession and fog retention. Should we worry as the era of “big paper” begins its final stages? Continue reading

Publishing in a Weak Peer-Review Culture — Russian Academics and Paid Publication Practices

A survey of Russian researchers shows a burgeoning paid publications environment in a weak peer-review culture, with a level of cynicism about the process which makes publication less valuable. Are there lessons to be learned? Continue reading

Predicting the Present

The text of a presentation delivered at the recent NFAIS national conference, covering various scenarios for the future of publishing. The argument is that these future scenarios are already evident in the world of the present day, though in embryonic form, and that by studying the “embryos,” we can make reasonable predictions as to where things are headed. Continue reading

Brave Girl’s First Ski Jump — The Great Feelings of Overcoming Fear

Will she? Can she? This 9-year-old teeters on the edge of her first ski jump with moving results. Continue reading

What’s Up, Doc? — How to Draw Bugs Bunny in Two Minutes

An iconic film star comes to life in just a few pencil strokes, rekindling the charm and hijinks of the classic cartoon era. Continue reading

Innovation — A Word Cheapened

Scott Berkun challenges a common assumption — that being innovative is desirable. Instead, he suggests other things to be, including clear, smart, and savvy. Continue reading

Comments — The Weakest Part of Blogs, the Weakest Part of Online Journals

Post-publication peer-review systems are still something fancied here and there. But with comments failing on blogs everywhere, especially as traffic grows, more bloggers are talking about new approaches — ones that focus on invited experts, quality opinions, and high standards. Where have we heard that before? Continue reading

Do Search Engines Owe Publishers? A German Proposal Raises the Question

Should search engines license content for crawling? A potential German law thinks so. Continue reading

PDA and Inter-library Loan

Patron-driven acquisitions programs may supplant inter-library loans for ebooks, which in turn could get more publishers to support both PDA and ILL. Continue reading

Words of Digital Wisdom — Crafting Organizations That Are Smaller, More Profitable, and Provide Full-Service to Verticals

Strategy is difficult, especially when the fundamental premise of strategic business decisions may have changed. Wiley and Worlock appear on the stage contemporaneously to offer examples. Continue reading

The Story of “Keep Calm and Carry On” — An Iconic Poster Almost Lost Forever

A now-famous poster was printed in large quantities but almost lost to history. Here’s what happened. Continue reading

The Preemptive Publisher

In a business environment characterized by risks, upstart innovations, and even contempt for the law, publishers have to ward off threats the old-fashioned way, by out-innovating their rivals and preempting new services. Continue reading

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