Fast Facts

Gary Pattillo

Open Monograph Press

The Public Knowledge Project—a partnership among several Canadian and U.S. universities—has released Open Monograph Press (OMP). OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. It is designed to assist university presses, learned societies, and scholar-publishers interested in publishing scholarly books in print-on-demand and multiple electronic formats.

Public Knowledge Project, “Public Knowledge Project announces the 1.0 release of Open Monograph Press,” March 26, 2013. (retrieved April 8, 2013).

Cell-phone Internet

One in four teens are “cell-mostly” Internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device, such as a desktop or laptop computer. Among teen smartphone owners, half are “cell-mostly.” The rate for adults is 15 percent. Seventy-eight percent of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47 percent) of those own smartphones.

Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Maeve Duggan, Sandra Cortesi, and Urs Gasser, “Teens and Technology 2013,” Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, March 13, 2013, (retrieved April 8, 2013).

College costs

A report generated by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center indicates the five public four-year institutions with the highest net prices are: University of Guam ($25,956), Miami University-Oxford ($22,303), St. Mary’s College of Maryland ($19,944), Pennsylvania State University ($19,816), and University of Pittsburgh ($18,935). Net price is cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid.

U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center, “Higher Education Opportunity Act Information on College Costs,” (retrieved April 10, 2013).

Watch WorldCat grow

Did you know you can watch the total number of records in WorldCat grow as records are added? Selected records are also displayed. Content on the counter refreshes every 8 seconds.

OCLC, “Watch WorldCat Grow,” (retrieved April 10, 2013).

Do not call

The Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry lets consumers choose not to receive telemarketing calls. In 2012, the Registry contained 217,568,135 actively registered phone numbers, up from 209,722,924 at the end of 2011. The number of consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls increased from 2,273,516 during 2011 to 3,840,572 during 2012. Illinois produced the highest rate of complaints with 1,822/100,000 population.

Federal Trade Commission, “National Do Not Call Registry Data Book FY 2012,” October 2012, (retrieved April 10, 2013).

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