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Public checks out human library books at Utah State
Organizer Anne Hedrich, a USU reference librarian, said the goals of the Human Library [humanlibrary.org] event are to open dialogues between people who may think they are different. Hedrich sought out volunteers to represent different ethnicities, religions, nationalities, occupations, characteristics and hobbies.
Abbas Al Sharif and Roula Bachour, of Logan, presented themselves as a book on their homeland, Lebanon.
Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research
How could we make this academic research more accessible to the public? The challenge is finding a way to get research on the web by bypassing the publisher/JSTOR nexus. If academic journals skipped that needless step of providing a print version of their journals, they could stop this cycle. They could simply upload the papers to a website and take the publishers out of the process.
Libraries: championing digital information on campus
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment.
Protesters occupy campus library
Around 70 Occupy Cal demonstrators clustered in the UC Berkeley anthropology library Thursday night, accompanied by one tent, with the aim of establishing an overnight encampment following a day of protests to coincide with the UC Board of Regents meeting.
Universities test buying e-books in bulk
Big Ten campuses in Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with four other major universities, will experiment with buying electronic textbooks in bulk.
The universities will pool their buying power and negotiate discounted prices from the textbook companies. Educators say it could help reduce the high cost of textbooks and bring e-textbooks into the mainstream.
With Wikipedia blacked out for 24 hours in protest of a pair of anti-piracy bills under review in the U.S. Congress, students scrambling to write early-semester research papers without the open-source encyclopedia posted panicked remarks to Twitter. And just as fast as the 18-22-year-old cohort tweeted about their plight, 30-somethings nostalgic for late nights spent poring over Encyclopedia Britannica sent snarky retorts. But at dozens of universities, students received supportive tweets from a place where Wikipedia is often a dirty word: the library. “No Wikipedia, No fears.... The library is always here with all the answers you will ever need!” tweeted the staff at Temple University.
Churchill library to be created in DC
An international group seeking to preserve the legacy of Winston Churchill is announcing plans Thursday to create the first U.S. research center devoted to the longtime British leader.
The new National Churchill Library and Center will be established between 2013 and 2015 at George Washington University with an $8 million pledge from the Chicago-based Churchill Centre. Rare books and research materials will be transferred to the university's library and housed in a new street-front center with exhibit space, officials told The Associated Press.
The Final Provocation
The final provocation of the faculty will come when publishers start paying for legislation making institutional open access policies and personal “networked dissemination” of one’s own research illegal. That will be the moment when faculty start hearing “don’t” from publishers, because that will be the moment that publishers try to deliberately and publicly interfere with decisions about their institutions or their research that the faculty have made themselves. When or if that time comes, we might finally see widespread revolt against the worst abuses of commercial scholarly publishers. The question is whether in their drive for profits the offensive publishers will finally be brazen enough to alienate the community that provides all their free content.
Oxford library fine figures revealed
Oxford University’s libraries accrued almost £130,000 in library fines last year.
Universities across the country amassed fines totalling £50 million, While Oxford’s takings are significantly more than that of universities such as Imperial College London, who collected just £26,703, they remain some way off the £1.8m amassed by the University of Leeds.
Academic publishers have become the enemies of science
The US Research Works Act would allow publishers to line their pockets by locking publicly funded research behind paywalls. The free dissemination of lifesaving medical research around the world would be prevented under the Research Works Act. This is the moment academic publishers gave up all pretence of being on the side of scientists. Their rhetoric has traditionally been of partnering with scientists, but the truth is that for some time now scientific publishers have been anti-science and anti-publication. The Research Works Act, introduced in the US Congress on 16 December, amounts to a declaration of war by the publishers.