Two leading university presses are changing the way they sell their digital collections to libraries -- cutting out the middlemen. Will others follow suit?
This article seeks to understand information behavior in the context of the academic e-book user experience, shaped by a disparate set of vendor platforms licensed by libraries.
An interesting post by Leann Wilson and Marshall Poe on a single online portal for academic books and direct-to-book-consumer models.
Leann Wilson is the co-editor of the New Books Network and Coordinator for Outreach and Social Media at Amherst College Press & Lever Press. Marshall Poe is the founder and editor-in-chief of the New Books Network.
Slides of presentations at the Jisc and Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)'s 12th biannual conference are now available online. The conference on "The changing role for libraries in the context of the research university" took place on July 2, 2018. Presentations included:
Samuel Cohen, an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri, writes about the challenges of scholarly publishing in the Chronicle of Higher Education (April 22, 2018): "When university presses close, so do our minds."
Article of interest:
Paul Spence, "The Academic Book and its Digital Dilemmas," Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (2018). doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856518772029
"[University College of London Press], the University of Michigan Press, the University of California Press and Cornell University Press recently collaborated with Knowledge Unlatched Research to look at how people who downloaded OA books from the digital library JSTOR used them... Most of the OA books reviewed in the study were in the social sciences..."
Charles Watkinson writes about Fulcrum, the University of Michigan Press's new reading platform. Newly launched is "A Mid-Republican House from Gabii ...an archaeological site report with a difference. Not only can users access all the associated data from the excavated building, but they can explore it through an interactive 3D model as well as a narrative text."
The Developing A Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, is developing curriculum modules that will be part of "a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians." The first two modules are now freely available to professors, workshop instructors, and trainers of all kinds on the pr
New article of interest about ScholarlyHub:
April Hathcock and Guy Geltner, "Clearing the Garden: ScholarlyHub as a New Non-profit Digital Commons, Insights, 31 no. 6 (2018). DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.398 https://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.398/
"The overwhelming majority of professional staff in research institutions and libraries across the globe view open access as the future of academic and scientific publishing. However, many are not satisfied with the speed of transition, according to a survey by Springer Nature.... The lowest level of satisfaction was on the speed of movement of scholarly books becoming open access in the future."
"Cornell Open is the new global open access portal for classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Funded by the newly created Humanities Open Book Program, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell Open offers for the first time open access to key titles in literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies."
Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.
Librarians have been talking excitedly about Lever Press, an open-access publisher for digital scholarship led by liberal arts colleges, for several years... The press hired a senior acquisition editor in August and now has several works under contract, pending approval from the press's editorial board.
KU Research (Knowledge Unlatched) has released a study of Open Access ebook usage on JSTOR.
"Among the findings are that the JSTOR platform accounts for the largest number of referrals to the Open Access ebooks; 34.1% of readers are already on the platform when they access the OA books. Institutions located in the Global South are relatively high users of OA books made available via the JSTOR platform when compared to institutions located in the US, UK, and Western Europe."
"Open access looks set to shake up the humanities and social sciences book landscape for the better, reports Rebecca Pool... A little over three years ago, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library set out to explore what the ‘Academic Book of the Future’ might look like, in the context of open access publishing and the digital revolution."
Wayne State University Press "has digitized a selection of backlist titles for Open Access distribution... Titles selected for the project fall into several sub-topics that reflect current programs: industrial and labor history, maritime history, Detroit history, Jewish history, Holocaust studies, Israel and Middle East studies, and biographies of significant individuals."
To view the list, visit Wayne Open.
Another article on the Google Books project, also commenting on how the books are being used:
Jennifer Howard, "What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?" EdSurge, August 10, 2017, https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-10-what-happened-to-google-s-effort-to-scan-millions-...
MIT Press has joined forces with the Internet Archive (IA) to scan, preserve, and enable lending of hundreds of the press’s books that are currently unavailable in digital form. With support from British funding agency Arcadia, IA will scan a selection of MIT Press’s backlist titles, which will then be available for any library that owns a physical copy of each book to lend or make openly available, and will also be accessible through IA’s archive.org.
No Shelf Required has a series of Free Content Alerts, which highlights sites and platforms where ebooks and econtent may be downloaded and read for free. So far they have recommended 10 great sites for "anyone looking for quality content online in digital format".
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced an ebook pilot project "aimed at improving access to a broad selection of open and licensed ebooks through market-based methods. We at DPLA are evaluating what we could potentially do from a community and technology perspective to help libraries maximize patron access to ebooks and other e-content. Through the pilot, set to launch in early fall, DPLA will manage technology solutions for 3-5 large public libraries and consortia."
"The March 2017 issue of Perspectives on History featured a piece by Seth Denbo, the AHA’s director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, on the trend of open-access monographs in humanities fields....
An analysis of the evolution of the Google Book project and its current state:
Scott Rosenberg, "How Google Book Search Got Lost," Backchannel, April 11, 2017, https://backchannel.com/how-google-book-search-got-lost-c2d2cf77121d
Lee Skallerup Bessette briefly reviews a book, Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science, edited by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener (Ubiquity Press, 2017)
Joseph Esposito writes:
No Shelf Required, the "portal on all things ebooks and digital content," has a new feature on free ebooks. Every Friday, a source of free ebooks online is reviewed.
Source: "Introducing Free Books Alert, a new feature on No Shelf Required", No Shelf Required, January 27, 2017, http://www.noshelfrequired.com/introducing-free-books-alert-a-new-feature-on-nsr/
Alison Muddit writes: "I’m happy to present a selection of our favorite university press reads of 2016 (and thanks to one of our commenters for the suggestion!). We tend to think of university presses as focused primarily on humanities and social science (dare I say esoteric?) monographs and to be sure, a critical part of our mission is to support scholarship from less-funded, smaller and emerging fields.
New book of interest:
D'Angelo, B., Jamieson, S., Maid, B. and Walker, J. (Eds) (2016). Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/infolit/
This is a pre-print open access version.
Jill O'Neill writes about the challenges of accessing open access monographs: "In a brief talk at the Charleston Conference this year, I noted that what was needed was a combined stakeholder effort to successfully connect reader and book while making clear the degree of access being offered. "
23 university presses that are part of, or report directly to, university libraries met to discuss the benefits and challenges of that arrangement during the P2L Summit and just released a white paper containing recommendations on how to libraries and university presses could collaborate:
New publication of interest:
Marinos Ioannides, Eleanor Fink, Antonia Moropoulou, et al., eds., Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference, EuroMed 2016, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 31 – November 5, 2016, Proceedings, Part II (Springer, 2016). ISBN: 978-3-319-48973-5 (Print) 978-3-319-48974-2 (Online)
The University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing announced "the initial beta launch of its Fulcrum publishing platform. In its beta phase, Fulcrum is focused on the presentation of digital source and supplemental materials that cannot be represented adequately in print form. Fulcrum allows for a richer experience and deeper understanding for the reader and enables authors to make better, multi-faceted arguments."
Book of interest to "information professionals in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions who work with digitization projects, cataloguing and classification and information retrieval":
David Stuart, Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals (Facet, 2916), http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300624#.WAPAZfkrLIU
JSTOR has announced a new program to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. 63 titles areavailable from the University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. Several hundred more will be added in the next year.
The full list of books, which includes several history books, is available at http://about.jstor.org/open-access?cid=eml_jb_OA_10_2016_ACRL
Book of interest to librarians and researchers:
Ed Jones and Michele Seikel, eds., An Essential Guide to Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums (Facet, 2016).
Courtney Eathorne writes about Litsy, "a free app that debuted this spring, launched as a bookish take on photo-based social media. It combines Instagram-style photo editing with the informal book reviews found on Goodreads."
This book is not about digital history but can be of interest to historians:
An essay on a new model of open access monograph publishing by the founders of Open Book Publishers:
Rupert Gatti and Marc Mierowsky, "Funding open access monographs: A coalition of libraries and publishers," College and Research Library News 77 no. 9 (Oct. 2016): 456-459, http://crln.acrl.org/content/77/9/456.full
The article discusses the dissemination of books in the humanities and social sciences.
Kent Anderson reflects on a session at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers 2016 meeting:
"[the moderator] delineated four main roles — an important word here, “role” — academics and researchers assume at different points across the various aspects of publishing. These roles are reader, author, reviewer, and editorial board member ...
... It is clearly impossible to satisfy every constituent role and expectation — a true no-win situation."
The New Librarianship Field Guide (MIT, 2016) -- "In concise chapters, Lankes addresses the mission of libraries and explains what constitutes a library. He offers practical advice for librarian training; provides teaching notes for each chapter; and answers “Frequently Argued Questions” about the new librarianship."
Q& A with the author of a new book that "examines how technology is changing education -- and whether that change is for the better":
Neil Selwyn, Is Technology Good for Education? (Polity Press, 2016).
Boook of interest:
Elena Pierazzo, Digital Scholarly Editing. Theories, Models and Methods. Routledge, 2015.
Also of interest is The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities, which investigates the new skills, competencies, and tools that media historians and scholars need in the era of digital research. It can be downloaded freely.
Book of interest, freely available for download:
Roberto Simanowski, ed. Digital Humanities and Digital Media: Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics and Literacy (Open Humanities Press, 2016). http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/digital-humanities-and-digital-media/
From the book presentation:
Interesting discussion about the future of university presses:
"Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success.
...Initiatives such as the publishing service providers at Michigan and UNC are perhaps particularly worth monitoring, as they represent both a shift from publishers being paid for content to being paid for services, and from primarily serving authors outside of the university to also serving faculty members on campus."
Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 "marks the start of a new book series from the University of Minnesota Press. Building on the first edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, the series will explore the most compelling debates in the field as they emerge.
A new publication: "ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) invites you to the first issue of Oh, the Humanities! Our newsletter for librarians and humanities faculty will feature news, views, pro tips, and the latest developments from HEB and our partner organization, The American Council of Learned Societies."
Google Australia has come up with an experimental project called Editions At Play, aimed at exploring the potential of digital books... . Besides the ability to see the locations on Google Street Map, we can switch between two characters’ perspectives on the same situation.
The results of an attempt to answer the above has been reported recently in: How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications by Tracy Gardner and Simon Inger (Published by Renew Training, a trading name of Simon Inger Consulting Ltd, March 2016). Read the full report at: http://www.simoningerconsulting.com/how_readers_discover.html. Findings are succinctly summarized in the Introduction. Ithaka's http://www.ithaka.org Roger C.
Jeff Sharpe, of the Internet Archive's Midwest Regional Digitization Center, writes about the history of books they digitize:
Knowledge Unlatched also announced its plans to expand its collections in 2016.
Source: Knowledge Unlatched press releases, March 1 and 11, 2016
29 February 2016 Rick Anderson posted "A Possible Game-Changer for Open Educational Resources?' on the Scholarly Kitchen. The post begins: "Earlier this month, an EdWeek Market Brief reported that Amazon is preparing to beta-test a platform for open educational resources (OER) — textbooks and other classroom instructional materials that are provided online at no charge to users.
NPR: Expensive Journals Drive Academics to Break Copyright Law
Article of interest:
Michael S. Seadle , (2016) "Managing and Mining Historical Research Data", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 34 Iss: 1
To review how historical research data is managed and mined today.
The methodology builds on observations over the last decade.
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Posted again to appear in The H-Net Book Channel. A quick scan of the Web discovered the following; perhaps they complement the excellent Art of the Review podcasts http://networks.h-net.org/node/84048/pages/88574/the-art-of-the-review . If you have others to offer, please send them along.
How to Write a History Book Review – University of Iowa
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How to Write a History Book Review – University of Iowa