Dear ALCTS Members,
The 2015/2016 ALCTS Nominating Committee is charged with developing the slate of candidates for the spring 2016 election.
PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Recommended Practice, was published just over a year ago, having been approved on March 25, 2013. In just over 12 months, the full Recommended Practice document has received well over 4500 downloads, while two PIE-J brochures have received a total of more than 2000 downloads. All three documents can be accessed from the PIE-J website at http://www.niso.org/workrooms/piej. This level of download activity suggests that PIE-J is meeting a need. For PIE-J to succeed, it is essential that librarians, publishers, and other e-journal providers be aware of its existence.
The PIE-J Standing Committee, co-chaired by Sally Glasser (Hofstra University) and Ed Cilurso (Taylor & Francis), is charged with responding to specific questions about the Recommended Practice, gathering comments for a full review of the Recommended Practice document, and promoting PIE-J. Help us gather feedback and spread the word.
If you are a librarian who has written publishers and providers about PIE-J, the Standing Committee would like to hear from you, whether the result was positive or negative. Likewise, the Committee would greatly appreciate hearing from publishers and providers who have made changes to their websites based on PIE-J and user feedback, intend to make changes based on PIE-J during a future website redesign, or feel that the recommended practices are not feasible. Please write the Committee at email@example.com with the subject “PIE-J feedback.”
Standing Committee members have been busy making the rounds at various conferences and meetings. There have been or will be presentations at ALA Midwinter, ER&L, CEAL, NASIG, the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference, ALA Annual, and the Charleston Conference to name a few. Please look out for NISO’s PIE-J presentations at library conferences! Also, listen to a PIE-J discussion by co-chairs Sally Glasser and Ed Cilurso from NISO’s May 12th monthly Open Teleconference here: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/telecon/.
The Standing Committee recently posted a template to the PIE-J website for librarians wishing to contact publishers and providers with concerns about the presentation of e-journals on their websites. The template includes suggested wording but is completely customizable. If you (or your users) have experienced an access or display issue that is due to the way in which e-journals are presented online, use the template to let publishers and providers know how PIE-J can help. Get it here: http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=12536&wg_abbrev=piej-sc.
Regina Reynolds, who was on the original PIE-J Working Group and has continued on the Standing Committee, recently published the article, "PIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals: What's the Point?" in Insights, the UKSG Journal, vol. 26, no. 3 (Nov. 2013). The article provides an excellent overview of PIE-J and is freely available at http://uksg.metapress.com/content/r432rnq607l7x1m6/?genre=article&volume=26&issue=3&spage=311&eissn=2048-7754.