Reference Librarians Solving Problems

No one likes to see you bringing problems to the workplace – unless he or she is a reference librarian. Once upon a time, reference librarians assisted patrons to find something – usually in a book. In 2016, the job is to work out what the problem is, then find the proper resources to solve […]

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Scholarly Sharing Explained

On these websites, millions of registered users around the world share published materials, argue and collaborate, or just form communities of common interests.  The domain names, though, are ones you may not be familiar with.  Don’t think Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  Think ResearchGate, Mendeley, and Academia.edu. Scholarly collaboration networks, known as SCNs, have received much […]

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Another B&N Chief Leaves

In journalism, August is as close to a slow season as it ever gets in the newsroom. This week, though, that changed in a hurry – with flood waters inundating Louisiana; war raging on in Syria; and fires roaring through southern California. Even the book world came back from vacation to find its way into […]

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When Publishing Emulates Software

Think like a startup, act like a mature business. It’s the trick that publishing houses around the world want to master. In the digital age, every publisher needs to get closer to the consumer (also known as the reader). How they get there requires a revised perspective on return on investment and publishing practices that […]

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NYPL Offers SimplyE Lending App

With the New York Public Library setting the standard, more and more public librarians will begin spelling “books” with an “e.” Public libraries, of course, have offered e-books on loan for a number of years, but few readers – and not very many publishers – were ever pleased with the experience. Last month, the New […]

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Publishing As Problem Solving

From understanding the impact of climate change on agriculture in developing countries to promoting equality for women farmers through training in livestock management as well as marketing, the global mission at CABI is “to improve people’s lives by providing information and applying expertise to solve problems.” The organization’s Chief Information Officer says CABI is in […]

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BISG Faces Uncertain Future

“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.” That acute observation from author William Gibson, the cyberpunk pioneer, captures the predicament of our age, when new technologies overlap with the many that are already established. The lucky early adopters get to live in the future, while the rest of us play in […]

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Open Music Initiative Looks For Music Owners

In Boston, a single mile and 17 years separate two technology initiatives with the power to reshape the music industry. The first led the business to the brink of collapse, and the more recent could prove to be its deliverer. In June 1999, on the Northeastern University campus along Huntington Avenue, Shawn Fanning released Napster, […]

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Saving Ebook Sales

Latest sales reports from the Association of American Publishers show clearly the direction for e-books: Down. “Are publishers finally getting a handle on what’s driving the decline? After the first quarter of 2016, I would think, yes, they would have,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “But the problem is, I don’t think they […]

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Comics Sales Go Pop!

Comic books – and graphic novels, their book trade cousins – are no laughing matter. The characters between these covers are usually troubled souls, and the situations they confront range from disturbing to dire. The scenario for the comic book business is anything but dire, however. According to a recently published report on the North […]

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