Monday News: Martin still writing next GoT book, ALA library survey, trends in scholarly publishing, and cool picture books
Though “The Winds of Winter” is still a year or more away, there will be at least one new “Game of Thrones” book released this year. Johnson revealed that HarperCollins is working on an illustrated compilation of the novellas “The Hedge Knight,” “The Sworn Sword” and “The Mystery Knight.” These three books serve as official prequels to “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and the compilation is expected to launch later in 2015. –CNET
The questions are being developed jointly by BISG and ALA, and the survey will be fielded by the research firm Nielsen, with editorial and analysis provided by Jim Milliot of PW. Patrons will be asked about “preferred device usage, preferences for print or digital formats, collection assessment, and other issues that affect the use and distribution of published content in public libraries.” –Publishers Weekly
David Crotty: I think two of the three big issues for 2015 have been covered recently in The Scholarly Kitchen: Consolidation and Compliance. We’ve been an industry going through a period of consolidation for a while now, but it seems like the pace is accelerating. At the same time, we’re just at the wavefront of funder, government and institutional mandates for access to the research literature, so things are quickly going to get a lot more complicated.
The other big issue is data. Access to papers is straightforward, and chump change when compared to the potential value offered by access to actual research data. When we talk about “research results”, we must remember that the paper and its copyright only cover the words written about the discovery and the pictures used to describe it. The actual discovery is what matters, but requiring access brings in all sorts of complications, from intellectual property to patient confidentiality. I don’t expect to see a lot of movement on the data front in 2015, but I do expect to see a lot of time spent talking about it, planning policies and working through the intricacies that need to be understood before any sort of policy can hope to be successfully implemented. –Scholarly Kitchen