Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing. The ALA Annual meeting was no exception. A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?” A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing. A summary of these comments is below. The panelists included: Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy; Sue Polanka (me); Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno; Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City; William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group; and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading
Interesting post in the SSP’s blog – the Scholarly Kitchen, written by Joseph Esposito. Esposito discusses “library bypass,” which as he describes, is another way for publishers to reach paying customers. Esposito says that libraries have limited money and are partial in these times to open access materials, not another high priced package from a profitable publisher, so library bypass presents opportunities for publishers to sell to the end user. He questions why libraries aren’t getting into this practice and discusses some challenges. Dave Tykoson commented on the need for a “library pass-through” in his comment, one that offers alumni access to online resources for a small fee through the library.
Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: Rethinking the Reference Collection
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