by Donovan Griffin
We’ve got no time to stop and smell the roses this month—mainly because the weather hasn’t let up yet—so it’s a perfect time to settle into work, soak up the info pro news, and get ready for your next conference.
In a world where publishing is no longer the sole purview of those with access to a printing press, academic libraries are setting their sights on self-publication. Brandi Scardilli speaks with representatives from five different institutes of higher education about how their libraries are producing journals of their own and contributing to OA publications.
Moving beyond the unauthorized practice of law (see “Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law” by Brandi Scardilli in October 2014’s IT), Anthony Aycock explains how legal interviews for librarians should go—whether the patron is a legal eagle or layman. Finally, Marydee Ojala breaks down the impending Springer/Macmillan merger with company statistics and lays out the strengths and weaknesses of the deal.
Brandi, just back from her trip to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, has a Report From the Field on page 10, and Marydee’s report on the 10th Academic Publishing in Europe conference can be found on page 11.
Last but not least, we have a memorial for Mimi Drake, a longtime contributor to IT and its sister publications and a person who tremendously impacted the many fields in which she participated. She will be missed.
Keep your eyes out for warmer weather and more news in the months to come. We’ll see you then.
— Donovan Griffin