For the Record
by Donovan Griffin
This month’s issue is full of articles that set the record straight—about legal findings, corporate acquisitions, massive open online courses, and more. In “Authors Guild v. Google,” our copyright specialist, Corilee Christou, dives in to find out how the courts have ruled on a particular side of the mass digitization issue.
George Pike sets his legal eye on the ramifications of the Netherlands-based publishing conglomerate’s new purchase in “Elsevier Buys SSRN: What It Means for Scholarly Publication,” and David Shumaker looks back to those halcyon days for online learning in 2012 to find out “Whatever Happened to MOOCs?” on page 15.
In another type of record-settling, a museum will open next year in Chicago that’s dedicated to educating the public about the work and lives of American writers. Brandi Scardilli’s “The Hall of Fame for American Writers” features an in-depth interview with the founder of the museum, as well as a sneak preview of what you can expect if you make the literary pilgrimage.
Shirl Kennedy has a quiz (“Who, What, Where, WHEN?” on page 8) for all you would-be info pro—and Information Today—historians out there to check yourselves against the record, and Mick O’Leary’s “UN’s Millennium Development Goals Chart Worldwide Development Progress” tracks how we’re doing against where we should be.
There’s plenty more record-settling to be found in the issue. Enjoy the summer, and we’ll see you back here in September.
— Donovan Griffin