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Slashdot and Lee Hadden pointed the way to This NYTimes Story on Public Library of Science, an outgrowth of several years of friction between scientists and the journals over who should control access to scientific literature in the electronic age. Supporters of the Public Library of Science say the point is not how much money the journals make, but their monopoly control over literature that should belong to the public.
Be sure to read the Slashdot thread as well.
\"We would be perfectly happy for them to have huge profit margins providing that in exchange for all this money we\'re giving them we got to own the literature and the literature did not belong to them,\"
Always helpful Ender pointed the way to This Nice AJR Story on Life magazine, and how it reflected life from the past decades.
The author has been collecting library-bound volumes of Life for almost 20 years, with 95 volumes so far, for which he has paid a total of $2,523 so far, at an average cost of $26.56 per volume. He\'s found more than a few on eBay and has traced some of his volumes back to the libraries that tossed them.
\"As Baker argued eloquently, there\'s no substitute for access to a big, heavy volume of print material. The act of turning the page is literally revelatory.\"
Steve Fesenmaier passed along This One from American Journalism Review on West Virginia’s rural weeklies. They call them \"invaluable voices,\" as they are often the only source of local news.
They say when you\'re the editor and co-owner of an aggressive weekly in a struggling West Virginia county, population 10,291, it\'s tough to find a story where interests don\'t collide. Almost everything you write involves someone you know.
ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table mainstay Fred Stoss has contributed the foundations of a current bibliography on service to, and attitudes toward, poor library patrons to the especially meaty 11/28 issue of Library Juice. Here\'s the TOC:
Jen Young passed along this Feminist.org Story that says Minorities continue to be under represented on the covers of pop culture magazines and publications, according to a recent survey by the New York Times. Examining hundreds of magazine covers from 31 publications, the Times found the percentage of minority cover persons grew to just 20 percent in 2002 from 13 percent during 1998 to 2001. While minorities are gaining more exposure in fashion versus other pop culture magazines, Halle Berry in the December issue of Cosmopolitan remains only the fifth black Cosmo cover woman since 1964, the last one being Naomi Campbell in 1990.
jen writes \"You\'ll need a Chronicle sub to read this online. 45 scientists sent a letter on Tuesday to the publishers of the journal \"Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology,\" accusing it of being little more than an industry mouthpiece. The letter urges the journal\'s publisher, a unit of Elsevier Science Inc., to reconfigure the journal\'s editorial board and to require authors to disclose possible conflicts of interest.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Story, spotted by Jen Young, on a public-relations campaign intended to improve publishers\' image among librarians and academics. Supporters of the campaign say that it will be an attempt to mend relations with librarians and academics.
I say that\'ll happen when publishers stop gouging libraries. The campaign will not focus on the sharply rising cost of journal subscriptions because the publishers don\'t see \"it as the key issue.\" I would think it\'s safe to say librarians see it as The Key Issue.
\"The problem is that a lot of commercial publishers are not only addicted to profits -- they are addicted to high revenue growth, too,\" he says. \"That creates a situation that is sure to motivate alternative systems for disseminating knowledge.\"-Kenneth Frazier, director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Rachel writes \"I\'m looking for contributors to the March issue of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter, which is focusing on \"jobs, salaries, and raises,\" and the May issue, which is focusing on \"building a career.\"
For March, I\'m particularly looking for people to write on topics such as: unionization, successful efforts to raise salaries in individual libraries, salary and raise negotiation strategies, changing jobs in order to better your salary, and finding and capturing a fairly-paying position.
For May, I\'m looking for people to write on successful career-building strategies - have you written for publication? Followed a successful promotion path in one library? Used conferences and mailing lists to network? Changed jobs to further your career?
John Hubbard writes: \"Well, sorta. A study published in October\'s D-Lib Magazine documents a $2.00 vs. $17.50 per-use cost of e-journals vs. printed journals at Drexel University Library. There are some apples-and-oranges issues with the statistics, but the results are interesting evidence. \"