Contents of News
Press Release Policy
This page links to press releases directly related to acquisitions and collection
development work in libraries. In particular, we link to major announcements from
library vendors and very large publishers which many of us do business with.
The AcqWeb and ACQNET Editorial Boards reserve the right to
make the final decision on what press releases to include. We generally keep links for
two months or until the site goes dead (whichever comes first).
a particularly useful site for Acquisitions and Collection Development
AcqWeb's Home Page
WEBLOG and Press Releases
[For other book news see also the Newsfeed]
June 19, 2008
ACQNET and AcqWeb News!
AcqWeb now has a Drupal CMS site waiting for it at ibiblio.
ibiblio (http://www.ibiblio.org/) will be AcqWeb and ACQNET's new home.
ACQNET-L will be migrated in the next month -- we are cleaning up the subscriber list now. More news soon!
May 5, 2008
Press Releases: News about what's happening with Haworth (2 postings)
Message from Taylor & Francis re: Haworth Press journals
Taylor & Francis has been very happy to take on publishing of the Haworth Press journals, and is committed to doing our best to address some issues with the list, including:
- Journals not running on predictable publishing schedules.
- Haworth's non-standard renewal cycle.
- Easier online access for institutions to Haworth Press content
Haworth Press operations at their Binghamton, NY offices ceased in March, and the past weeks have been a time of transition where customer data, renewals, and many other facets of the Haworth Press business have transitioned into our Philadelphia, PA journal offices.
Some important changes that will come for the Haworth Press journals are:
- We have declared "official" 2008 volumes for all Haworth journals. There was often confusion as to where Haworth was at in their publishing cycle, and there were inconsistencies between their reported "current" volumes and their actual production schedule. We have gone through and addressed this, and our Customer Service team can now report on the "official" 2008 volumes to be published for Haworth journals.
- We will cease publishing any Haworth journals on an "Academic" cycle for 2009, and will thus consolidate Haworth journal renewals with all other Taylor & Francis journal renewals.
- We are committed to maintaining the Haworthpress.com website as the home of the Haworth journals for all of 2008, and likely for at least 60 days into 2009. We will, however, begin hosting Haworth Press journals on our own informaworld platform near the end of 2008, and will work to smoothly transition all users from the old Haworth site to informaworld.
We would like to thank the many library customers who have shown patience during the transition, and who have indeed in many cases helped answer our questions as well. We will continue to provide information on the Haworth journal program throughout 2008.
Edward A. Cilurso
Taylor & Francis LLC
325 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-625-8900, ext. 220
And then there is this:
Haworth Press, now part of the Taylor & Francis Group, notes that its journal, The Acquisitions Librarian, will change title after publication of Volume 19, Nos. 37/78 (2007).
The journal will continue under the new title of Journal of
Electronic Resources Librarianship, Vol 20, No. 1 (2008) with ISSN: 1941-126X and EISSN: 1941-1278.
According to Haworth's Publisher, Bill Cohen, "We struggled
greatly with this decision. We regret profoundly, of course, any title change, for the added work it causes for serials and technical services staff, as well as a perceived interruption in the faithful publication of a continuing resource and its bibliographic record.
We consulted widely before making this change, and we believe that with library resources increasingly being "licensed" rather than "acquired" now was a good time to change the title and reflect the direction we believe the literature is going.
We were delighted when Bonnie Tijerina, Digital Collections
Services Librarian at UCLA, and an international leader in
electronic resources management, agreed to join with us to take over the Editorship of the newly- titled Journal of Electronic Resource Librarianship. Bonnie heads the highly successful annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, and spearheads an international network of movers and shakers in this field.
We believe the 'new' journal will prove to be an indispensable resource for all librarians responsible for acquiring, collecting, producing, and managing digital resources."
According to the Editor, "Just a few years ago librarians
managing electronic resources struggled to find an identity and a voice to the myriad of new issues arising in our field. Because of this I decided to pursue my latest endeavor of seeing The Acquisitions Librarian journal through a title change to becoming the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. When considering this editorship, I thought about the topics of importance to librarians working in this area, and in researching what has been done recently with this journal, it seems like an appropriate evolution.
The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship allows for a more focused look at the digital environment's impact on collecting, acquiring and making accessible library materials today and in the future. I am looking forward to creating a place to shed more light on the questions, practices and future directions in this arena."
Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship will be published quarterly during 2008 under the Haworth imprint. Online access will continue at http://www.haworthpress.com/ during 2008. From
2009, the journal will be available on informaworld, and will be published under the Routledge imprint.
About Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis Group is a leading international academic
publisher, specialising in journals, books, encyclopedia and
abstract databases to distribute quality information and
Jennifer McMillan, Library Marketing Manager, Taylor & Francis Group, 4
Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon OX14 4RN
March 3, 2008
- The AcqWeb volunteers are busy evaluating links and the first pass will be completed in the next few weeks. The big question remains: how to tackle the publisher directory? It contains the "heart" of what AcqWeb is really all about. There is still alot to be updated and we are slowly, slowly getting around to all the nooks and crannies!
February 1, 2008
- AcqWeb is waking up! Just as with Rip Van Winkle, we know that the Internet is a different place than it was back in 2004. With that in mind, we are seriously looking at what the new AcqWeb should be, what it should include, and what it should look like. This fall we were able to contract with a consultant, Janis Keim, who did a great job of framing the issues, exploring the options and providing a plan of action in order to go forward. So Forward ho! And many thanks to Appalachian State University and the University of Utah for providing the funding for the contract work.
- Our next task is being undertaken by a team of volunteers who are going to be cleaning up all the dead links in the current AcqWeb. As we do this, we will be seriously considering our options for what to keep and what to remove from the site. Stay tuned!
January 8, 2008
- AcqWeb is being revamped soon! More news coming ... Watch this space
October 11, 2004
- PRESS RELEASE: Coutts Library Services to assume Franklin Book Company orders.
"Most Acqnet readers are aware of the recent abrupt closing of Franklin Book Co., Inc. ... Within the last few days, we have come to an agreement that allows Coutts to have access to Franklin 's systems and customer lists, including their approval plan profiles, open firm orders and standing orders. Coutts is prepared, and fully capable, to fill all orders placed with Franklin Book, both firm and standing, and to maintain FBC approval plan profiles."
August 6, 2004
- Paul Orkiszewski has assumed editorial responsibility for AcqWeb. Web files have been moved to
Appalachian State University and the site can now be found at http://www.acqweb.org.
Please contact the editor with any updates, corrections, or suggestions.
AcqWeb is being only updated once in while, as the editor is no longer in Acquisitions.
We are currently looking for an acquisitions or collection development librarian with good web skills.
If interested, please email either
February 17, 2002
ACQNET rocks on.
Now in its 12th year of existence, the inestimable Eleanor Cook
remains at its helm and has updated the Welcome message. According to Eleanor,
"the biggest accomplishment
for this year is the successful move of the
archives with its keeper, Eric Lease Morgan."
February 12, 2002
February 10, 2002
December 8, 2001
AcqWeb's Publisher Directory
has at last been updated. There are over 300 new entries and over 200 updates, including deleted links. Many thanks go to Carol Watwood (with 190 contributions!), Peter Brading, Stewart Unwin, Rick Anderson, Jack Montgomery, Ruth Kinnersley, and many others for their submissions.
One disturbing trend: increasingly expired domain names are being purchased by "adult content" sites. Often this is
a ploy to force the company to buy their domain name back. If you happen on any of these unfortunate links,
please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Directory of Publishers and Vendors :
Publishers' Page of Shame
is "collaborative list of new books purchased by public, school and academic Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation."
It is produced by Berek Halfhand of
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.
Library Science :
November 18, 2001
November 16, 2001
November 11, 2001
AcqWeb's International Directory of Email Addresses of Publishers, Vendors
has just passed the 6,000 mark! Congratulations to editor David Marshall, Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at
The Email Directory gives access to over twelve thousand email links and web forms, and includes links to every continent
except Antarctica. The November update also includes a
realphabetization within the letter "A" to follow standards used in similar
directories. Other sections will be revised with future updates.
November 9, 2001
Have you noticed? AcqWeb has more pep in its step. We imagine that regular users have noted (at least subliminally)
that the pages are pulling up faster in their browsers-of-choice.
This is not your imagination or a fluke. It is, in fact, the result of the hard work
of Vanderbilt Library Information Technology Services (LITS). LITS has recently migrated
both the hardware and server software used for our library websites!
A huge thank you goes to all the people who did this work,
- Jody Combs, who is in charge of LITS,
- George Anglin, our Novell network manager,
- the rest of the LITS team, in particular Suellen Stringer-Hye and Dale Poulter.
For those interested in the gory details (e.g. us), the
new hardware is a Dell 4400 PowerEdge server. And the new software is
Netscape Enterprise Server 4.5 running over Novel Netware
5.1. Jody says it's the combination that makes the response time noticeably faster.
November 8, 2001
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is an international book price comparison site, based out of Boston.
The name "Bublos" comes from the
Phoenician city from which papyrus was once imported.
It's particularly delightful to find a site such as this in these days when
dot.com's are fizzling or morphing into unrecognizable conglomerations.
Speaking of the latter, take a look at
Originally, this was the first international book price comparison
site AcqWeb linked to. Back then it was known as
Acses, and later became DealPilot.com.
is another helpful verification tool -- in this case a web bookstore specializing in
the frequently hard-to-find books of Bolivia.
In Print Listings
September 9, 2001
September 8, 2001
September 2, 2001
August 27, 2001
Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan
is a must-read.
It has long been our contention that we librarians should play a more active role
in developing the web -- not simply using it --
and this may be the most significant call to action for
the library community since the web began.
The basic plan is quite short, covering
six clear and reasonable objectives, such as
"Develop and disseminate a widely-understandable paper that sets forth library
principles for data content and structure for use by the metadata community."
And for those wanting more, it links to a wealth of infomation from the event
behind the plan, the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium.
August 26, 2001
August 25, 2001
August 23, 2001
The incredible vanishing book review
(Kevin Berger, Salon, July 19, 2001) looks at the decline of book reviews in U.S.
"As newspapers lose their most literate customers and recede further into
cultural irrelevance, we can spend more time in the one place where the world does
live radiantly in words. You got it: We can read a book." Or, we might add,
check web reviews.
And speaking of web book reviews,
(J. Peder Zane, The News & Observer, July 22, 2001)
is a helpful analysis of where to look on the web, including
AcqWeb's book review page.
An interesting aside: this web page grows out of a U.S. newspaper --
but, like AcqWeb, it's from the south, not the Bay Area --
in this case, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Library Science :
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August 20, 2001
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