Academic Libraries

A Requst From Desiree Goodwin, the Harvard Library Worker Who Was Too Pretty

Remember Desiree Goodwin who sued Harvard Library and lost? She's still at Harvard and still looking for better working conditions (for the pretty?); here's her note:

Hey,

I just signed the petition "HUCTW Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, Bill Jaeger: Stand Up for Workers' Rights!" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/petitions/huctw-harvard-union-of-clerical-and-technical-workers-bill-...

Thanks!
Desiree

Academic publishing is full of problems; lets get them right.

LISNEWS linked to this article earlier this month: Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research

A librarian responds with this blog post: Academic publishing is full of problems; lets get them right.

BoingBoing was where I saw that one article was responding to the other.

Public checks out human library books at Utah State

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

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

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

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

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.

Libraries: A Paper Wikipedia

Libraries: A Paper Wikipedia

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

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
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.

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