Jeff Bezos To Buy Washington Post

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 16:46

Unexpected breaking news on a late Monday afternoon right before markets close in New York City:

MIT Didn't Target Swartz; Missed 'Wider Background'

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 14:48

Aaron Swartz, an advocate for open access to academic journals, committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into MIT computers and illegally downloading nearly 5 million academic journal articles from JSTOR, one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world. At the time of Swartz's death, the 26-year-old faced 13 federal felony computer fraud charges — and the near certainty of jail time.

History Group Slams Open Access

Submitted by John on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 13:46

In a stunning demonstration of Poe's law, the American Historical Association has released a policy statement favoring the restriction digital theses ("with access being provided only on that campus") for fears that open access versions could be read. The basis for this argument is FUD about a tenure system that apparently cannot be changed.

Mendeley and RefWorks Flow: The next, next generation of citation management software

Submitted by John on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:40

A decade or so ago, ISI's EndNote bought out most of the competition, practically obtaining a monopoly on the reference manager business. In the early Library 2.0 boom, web-based products like Zotero and CSA's RefWorks became the norm. Thomson Reuters played catch up by introducing EndNote Web, and NoodleBib and other adware/freemium clones cropped up in what is now again a crowded marketplace.

The Taksim Square Book Club

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 16:39

Protest is taking a new form in Istanbul where I was fortunate enough to visit about a month ago. Individuals are standing in their beloved square and reading books of their choice.

Violent scenes are still occurring around Turkey, including in Istanbul once again this past weekend, but the Standing Man protests continue unabated.

Boy Killed at Boston Marathon Was Son of Injured School Librarian

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:43

In 2012, Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the marathon explosions, marched at Boston’s City Hall to call for peace.

Richard’s second-grade class was there to “express themselves in a positive manner and become more engaged in the politics of the city,” according to a story about the march.

Police: JFK library event a fire or explosion

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:27

Explosion at the Boston Marathon
Story here

There was also an expolsion at JFK Library

A third event just after 3 this afternoon at John F. Kennedy library is now being called either a fire or “an incendiary” device and it is too soon to say if it is tied to the explosions at the finish of the Marathon.