What do you do when the building standards governing the safety of your workplace are deemed inadequate?
An architectural tour of the great libraries of China turns up a spectacular place to read a book on the beach.
A.J. Boston offers a route for managing closed access e-serials in a way that finds the best value for libraries, the most content for users, keeps publishers solvent, and experiments on behalf of equity.
An interview with Laura Moulton, founder of Street Books, a mobile library which serves Portland’s houseless community. SSP annual meeting attendees are invited to bring paperback books to donate to Street Books.
Library budgets shrank for 2 decades. They can’t shrink any further because of COVID-19. In fact, they should grow despite contracting college budgets
Point: Counterpoint — today we revisit a pair of posts from Joe Esposito and Rick Anderson looking at partnerships and collaborations between university libraries and university presses.
A whirlwind tour of the fascinating architecture of the modern library.
Revisiting Rick Anderson’s 2013 post on what the options for the academy to take control of scholarly publishing, and whether any of those options seems feasible.
What do we mean by ethnographic research? In essence we are talking about a rich, multi-factorial descriptive approach. While quantitative research uses pre-existing categories in its analysis, qualitative research is open to new ways of categorizing data. We take a look at how we can use this technique to delve into the subtleties of online user behavior – a must for publishers and societies involved in new product development
Revisiting a holiday classic: ‘Twas the month before Christmas, and by listening hard, you can hear Joe Esposito yearn for a library card. The reasons are simple, yet give publishers pause. No wonder Joe’s only hope is with Santa Claus.
A look back at some of Rick Anderson’s insightful pieces on the economic realities of journal prices and library budgets.
A long, thoughtful essay by a UK academic contemplating open access merits attention, for obvious and subtle reasons.
While open access remains a hot topic in our industry, we may not be discussing the most difficult aspects. Worse, OA proponents themselves may not be answering some of the questions that are now arising as a broader swath of academics, scientists, and administrators become aware of OA.
A response to Joe Esposito’s post last week about partnerships between libraries and university presses.
The question addressed here is not whether we in the academy should “take back publishing” from the commercial scholarly publishers, but rather what the options for doing so might be, and whether any of those options seems feasible at the moment.