Europe’s open-access drive escalates as university stand-offs spread

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:16
Bold efforts to push academic publishing towards an open-access model are gaining steam. Negotiators from libraries and university consortia across Europe are sharing tactics on how to broker new kinds of contracts that could see more articles appear outside paywalls. And inspired by the results of a stand-off in Germany, they increasingly declare that if they don’t like what publishers offer, they will refuse to pay for journal access at all.

Sweden cancels Elsevier contract as open-access dispute spreads

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:42
Swedish universities have moved to cancel their contract with journal publisher Elsevier as concern over slow progress towards open access spreads. The Bibsam Consortium, which represents 85 higher education and research institutions in the country, said that its current agreement with Elsevier would not be renewed after 30 June.
From Sweden cancels Elsevier contract as open-access dispute spreads | Times Higher Education (THE)

The mysterious Cambridge library tower, supposedly full of banned books, is opening to the public

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:28
At 157ft tall and 17 floors, Cambridge University Library’s tower can be seen for miles around but has largely kept its secrets to itself and its contents (approaching one million books) have given rise to much speculation. But now in a new free exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the tower, we reveal some of the truth about what the great skyscraper really holds.

CBC is destroying its broadcast archives after they’re digitized

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:10
But internationally accepted standards and best practices of audiovisual preservation call for retention of originals, due to the unknown characteristics of digitization, such as long-term stability and vulnerability to electromagnetic interference, the foundation said. It also questioned why Radio-Canada was preserving its master recordings after making digital copies but CBC had opted to rely only on digital copies. “Such inequitable treatment of cultural treasures is not acceptable,” said Wilkinson.

The Bookmobile Interview From StoryCorps

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:54
Growing up in the 1960s, Storm Reyes lived and worked in migrant labor camps across Washington state. When she was 8 years old, she began working full-time picking fruit for under a dollar an hour. At StoryCorps, Storm shared stories of her difficult childhood with her son, Jeremy Hagquist, and remembers the day a bookmobile unexpectedly arrived, opening up new worlds and bringing hope.
From The Bookmobile – StoryCorps