by Deborah Poulson
Now that the holidays are over, you’re no doubt back in the swing of the info biz. If you’re looking for updates from the legal side of things, check out “From Chaos Come Answers to Legal Questions” by George H. Pike (page 1). He details the latest in the Authors Guild versus Google Books litigation and its similarities to a case between the guild and HathiTrust, along with Cengage Learning’s bankruptcy filing and the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Open access (OA) may not have been popular with publishers back in the day, but they’re on board now with the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) initiative. And they’re not alone—academic institutions are joining in with SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem). Read more about OA in “Publishers Coming to the Rescue of Open Access?” by Dick Kaser (page 1).
What happens to old electronic devices such as TVs, mobile phones, and tablet computers that are thrown out? Donovan Griffin gives you the scoop on the so-called recycling of these treasures of years past in “Electronic Waste Hazards” (page 1).
You’ll find reports from Taxonomy Boot Camp (page 16) and NFAIS’ Open Access to Published Research workshop (page 17) in the Conferences section, while Cover to Cover includes a book review by Gwen M. Gregory of 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action and two big topics from MLS: Marketing Library Services and The Information Advisor in Lauree Padgett’s In Other Words column (page 25).
The conference season is just around the corner—stay tuned for news from ALA Midwinter.
— Deborah Poulson