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Z: Books, Libraries, Library Science

Revisiting: Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher

Editor’s Note: I make it a point to revisit this 2011 post from Joe Esposito at least once a year. As we watch the continuing consolidation of the industry, and the commercial publishers gaining dominance in an ever-widening sphere, we must ask why this is the case. Despite calls for academia to take back the reins of control, things seem to be continuing to move further and further away from that goal. Despite calls for academia to take back the reins of control, things seem to be continuing to move further and further away from that goal. Diamond’s answer is that Europe had the three elements of his book’s title on its side. What is it about the for-profit world of publishing that has enabled it to become dominant over its well-intended, hard-working fellows in the NFP camp? Publishing is not like most other industries; the NFP sector is large and often attached to other institutions (universities, government) that sit outside the roilings of the profit motive. There are various explanations offered for this, the most common of which is that the NFPs cannot compete with the commercial firms because the commercial firms simply have more money. For such a press, the prospect of competing with the likes of Springer, Random House, and Pearson is daunting. But this is the wrong way to look at the situation. It is actually easier to get start-up money in the NFP sector than in the commercial world. Something happens, or doesn’t happen, after the seed capital is put in,…

T: Technology

Study: Library directors moving ahead with plans to rethink libraries

Library directors are growing increasingly confident about the directions in which they are moving their organizations, a new study found, but the rest of the campus may not have gotten the memo. The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016, released this morning, builds on findings from the 2013 edition. It shows many library directors are becoming comfortable with the idea that the library may no longer be the starting point for research, and that they are forging ahead with plans to further boost libraries’ ability to support students and faculty members with their teaching, learning and research. Those plans are facing some resistance. Many faculty members value that the library acquires and stores the books and journals they need for their scholarship and want them to keep doing so while also expanding their services. Compared to the last survey, conducted in 2013, fewer library directors now say they agree with their direct supervisor about the direction in which to take the library. And insufficient funding continues to place constraints on library directors’ ability to make change.

J: General legislative and executive papers

Dealt a Defeat, Republicans Set Their Sights on Major Tax Cuts

By ALAN RAPPEPORTMarch 26, 2017 Trump’s inability to make good on his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act has made the already daunting challenge of tax reform even more difficult. Trump might go for this to get an easy win. Trump during the presidential campaign. If Republicans intend to act again without the help of Democrats, they will need to use a procedure called budget reconciliation to have the Senate pass tax legislation with a simple majority. Eliminating the $1 trillion of Affordable Care Act taxes and the federal spending associated with that law would have made this easier. Trump’s agenda. “I think there’s a lot of flexibility in terms of some of my contacts and conservatives in terms of not making it totally offset,” he said. Ryan’s lead and lost, making it more likely that the White House will try to steer the direction of tax legislation. Graetz, a tax law professor at Columbia University. Trump and Mr. Ryan and Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, have been aggressively pitching a reform blueprint that includes a “border adjustment tax.” It would be a 20 percent tax on imports that, by making imports more expensive, would spur domestic production, they say. Brady said on Sunday that getting rid of the contentious border tax provision would have “severe consequences” and that he hoped to produce a bill based on the House plan this spring that would be passed later this year. Brady’s tax-writing…

F: American History

Twitterstorians

Yesterday, I asked where all the historians were on twitter. Thanks to the generosity of retweets, my message got around, and I received greetings from many – and I decided to compile a list here (including anything they posted about what they work on). Thanks to the generosity of retweets, my message got around, and I received greetings from many – and I decided to compile a list here (including anything they posted about what they work on).

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