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Elsevier Acquires bepress – The Scholarly Kitchen

In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing, Elsevier has acquired bepress, the institutional repository provider. Source: Elsevier Acquires bepress – The Scholarly Kitchen Of … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Post-Beall’s List

No doubt you have heard that Professor Jeffrey Beall’s blog,, with the associated lists of suspected publishers, journals and metrics, has been removed from public view at his request.  Here … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Notes from the Library Publishing Forum

It’s been a busy week at UNT – host of two meetings: The Library Publishing Forum and the 7th annual Open Access Symposium.  The dates, and themes, are overlapping – … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Emerald | Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jaeger, Bertot and Hines

Source: Emerald | Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jaeger, Bertot and Hines Here are some thoughts about the past year and the year to come in librarianship.  I think the … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel Fish

We have less funding for the things that really matter while paying much more to compensate for austerity policies. Source: The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maintaining relevance in the age of OA

Librarians have been at the center of the Open Access movement, stemming in no small part from the unsustainable rise of journal expenses.  But, as more and more articles articles become … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

How We Pay for Publishing by Kevin S. Hawkins | Against The Grain

How We Pay for Publishing by Kevin S. Hawkins (Director of Library Publishing, University of North Texas Libraries) | Against The Grain. Key point in this article (emphasis added): While … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Housecleaning at the Directory of Open Access Journals

This is interesting news from DOAJ. I’ve been concerned about using this source in our Ejournals list and our Summon. It will be interesting to compare the difference pre- and … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Notes from Cowtown: NASIG 2014 – Saturday

This continues my notes from the North American Serials Interest Group’s 2014 conference, which was in Fort Worth.  I actually think that downtown Ft. Worth is nicer than downtown Dallas. … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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