An introduction to open access for librarians

A preprint of Peter Suber\'s Removing the Barriers to Research:
An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians
is now available:

The serials pricing crisis is now in its fourth decade. We\'re long past the point of damage control and into the era of damage . . . One might expect relief from digital technologies that allow the distribution of perfect copies at virtually no cost. But so far these technologies have merely caused panic among traditional publishers, who have reacted by laying a second crisis for libraries and researchers on top of the first. The new crisis is still in its first decade and doesn\'t yet have a name. Let me call it the permission crisis . . .

I bring up these two crises because I will argue that open access will solve them both. Since the pricing crisis is already well-known, let me elaborate for a moment on the permission crisis. You know what you could do in a world in which the pricing crisis were solved . . .

This essay will appear in the forthcoming issue of College and Research Library News. Among other
things, Peter Suber is the editor of the blog Free Online Scholarship News.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, v.3, no. 2 Feb \'03

Go read the February 2003 Cites & Insights.
This 18-page issue includes:
* Copy protection and next-generation audio (a copyright perspective)
* The library stuff: one article
* Bibs & blather
* Following up: FEPP revisited
* Perspective: The gap between logic & reality
* Trends & quick takes: three trends, five quicker takes
* disContent: Choices and complexity
* The good stuff: nine items
* Perspective: Tracking the forecasts
* Interesting & peculiar products: 15 items.

Contrarian Librarian - a forum for the disgruntled

Xavier Bullwinke writes \"Since the demise of the Stealth Librarian site, there hasn\'t been a place to exchange (inside) information about working conditions in libraries. Contrarian Librarian was created to fill that gap as well as provide a forum for gripes, rants, and other unprofessional opinions. Cast your vote for most overrated Library Leader of the 20th century, or tickle your funny bone with Manfred Manly\'s Vintage Library Humor.

Anonymous posts are welcome, and you don\'t have to be a member (or even have a Yahoo ID) to read or post. \"

Accidental Systems Librarian now available

Rachel writes \"I\'d like to thank everyone who took the time last year to answer my survey on accidental systems librarianship. You comments were invaluable while writing, and helped the book become much stronger than it otherwise could have been - I appreciate everyone\'s willingness to take their time to share their experiences!

The Accidental Systems Librarian is now available from Information Today, and you\'re all invited to visit the book\'s companion web site . The web site includes excerpts as well as a number of URLs and articles I hope that other systems librarians will find useful in their work.\"

Libraries On PBS

January 17, 2002 at 9p.m. E.T./P.T. on PBS
(check local listings)

Public libraries embody the American ideal that anybody can read, watch or listen to just about anything they want to. With publications and broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the information revolution making libraries obsolete? As more people can access this content, the copyright owners -- in many cases large corporate publishing entities -- are looking for ways to charge fees. A growing chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of losing free access to information for everyone. \"Our information and communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do,\" says former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. \"But what\'s really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to democracy.\" On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS , NOW with Bill Moyers takes a look into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate that has pit private control against the public domain.

Mitch Freedman on The National Library of Uganda

Mitch Freedman Passed along this open letter:
Dear Mr. Batambuze,

On behalf of the American Library Association and its 66,000 members from 100 nations, I extend
to you, to all of your colleagues, and to your fellow citizens, all of whom worked to make this day
possible, the newly born National Library of Uganda (NLU), ALA\'s heartiest and most sincere
congratulations and best wishes.

Call For Papers: The Reference Librarian

Jessamyn West sent over Her Call For Papers. She\'s going to be a guest editor of an upcoming issue of The Reference Librarian.
The topic for this issue is Ask A Librarian [Aska] and Tutorial services -- comparing and contrasting library models and more consumer-oriented models.

14th Great African-American Read-In

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and by NCTE

Join over a million readers
in the Fourteenth National African American Read-In

Sunday, February 2, 2003, 4:00 p.m. EST
Monday, February 3, 2003, for Schools

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations,
and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month
by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as
simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as
arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African
American Writers.

Here\'s The Web Site \"

New issue of \'Learned Publishing\' available

The January 2003 issue of Learned Publishing is available:

  • What will happen to peer review? / Alex Williamson
  • Professional writing assistance: effects on biomedical publishing / Max Lagnado
  • Authors and electronic publishing: what authors want from the new technology / Alma Swan; Sheridan Brown
  • E-learning: new opportunities in continuing professional development / Donald Klein; Mark Ware
  • Consortial licensing vs. tradition: breaking up is hard to do / David Kohl
  • Editing an African scholarly journal / Carole Pearce
  • Text retrieval: an overview / Alan Gilchrist
  • E-books and the academic market: the emerging supply chain / David Taylor
  • Open-access journals - nice idea, shame about the numbers? / Alastair Dryburgh
  • LJ seeks paraprofessional award nominees

    Library Journal is seeking nominees for its paraprofessional of the year award:

    Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its fourth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1 issue. The award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service and places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paraprofessionals in the library profession. The editors see this award as equal in importance to LJ\'s annual Librarian of the Year Award, which debuted in 1989 and recognizes those who hold the MLS.

    Complete story.


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