Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

We reported some weeks ago that Johanna Anderson had been nominated twice for a “inspiring colleague” award in the 2021 University of Gloucestershire staff excellence awards in recognition of her work on #ebooksos. Johanna was delighted to learn today that she won the award. You can watch the moment it was announced in the above … Continue reading Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

Johanna Anderson nominated for university awards

Congratulations go to Johanna Anderson, who has been nominated in two categories for the University of Gloucestershire Staff Excellence Awards; the Inspiring Colleague Award and the Professional Services Award. The nominations cited her “outstanding commitment to students and the university” in launching the #ebooksos campaign, saying that “She has gone way beyond her ‘day job’, … Continue reading Johanna Anderson nominated for university awards

Can my students read my books? : Guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers

Background : what is the problem? 1 If you’re writing an academic book, you presumably want your students to read it. To do that, you’re going to want your library to be able to buy it as an ebook. Sounds simple? It’s not. Most academic libraries buy ebooks whenever we can. This is to make … Continue reading Can my students read my books? : Guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers

Victory on ebook restrictions

Stephen Grace, Deputy Head of Library and Learning Resources at London South Bank University. Stephen leads the team that manages library and archive collections and systems. The #ebooksos campaign has brought to wider attentions many problems in the ebook/extextbook market, and it may not be easy to resolve them all in a hurry, so I … Continue reading Victory on ebook restrictions

NHS not Vaccinated!

by Steve Bowman, Medical School Librarian and Technology-Enhanced-Learning Lead at Brighton & Sussex Medical School Working as a Medical School Librarian in the NHS over the last year has been a steep learning curve – all our clinicians’ practice is centred on ‘evidence-based practice’ and supplying our clinicians and medical students with the information that … Continue reading NHS not Vaccinated!

New Jiscmail list for #ebookSOS

We have set up a new Jiscmail mailing list for all things #ebookSOS – a place for discussion about the issues around academic publishing and ebooks, for news and updates about the campaign, calls for help and support, sharing of examples and bad practice (and good practice – it does happen!) We launched this yesterday … Continue reading New Jiscmail list for #ebookSOS

A statement on Wonkhe

As those who follow us on Twitter will have seen, although Wonkhe published Rachel’s piece on the lack of market pressure in the academic e-book industry yesterday, they have dealt poorly with dissent and criticism levelled at them for a number of issues, including their “support” from Kortext and the platform that Kortext appear to … Continue reading A statement on Wonkhe

WonkHE article published today: There’s big problems with the market for academic ebooks

This morning WonkHE published a piece from Rachel which explains why market pressure essentially does not exist in the academic e-book industry, and why we needed to ask the CMA to get involved. “We believed that the lack of market pressure in the industry merited a submission to the Competitions and Markets Authority. We submitted … Continue reading WonkHE article published today: There’s big problems with the market for academic ebooks

Professor Charles Oppenheim awards HE Minister 0% for effort and calls for face-to-face meeting

Yesterday, we received a very odd letter from Michelle Donelan MP, which left us all scratching our heads in bemusement. The letter can be read here At a loss for words, for a change, the campaign team handed over the reigns to the esteemed Professor Oppenheim. Please find his analysis of the Minister’s letter below. … Continue reading Professor Charles Oppenheim awards HE Minister 0% for effort and calls for face-to-face meeting

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