Archives for May, 2012

Come work instead of me! Below is a posting for a 3-year contractually limited appointment in my unit. I’m chair of the search committee, so feel free to ask away with any questions about the position. I’ll answer them to the best of my ability given the limitations of being on the committee. As it…

Christopher Lee — long one of my absolute favourite actors — is celebrating his 90th birthday on Sunday May 27. I have fond memories of Lee as Dracula in the Hammer films of the 1950s and 1960s which I watched on TV as a very terrified little tyke. In fact, I can’t imagine that today’s…

I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines. The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science…

Today is #OAMonday. It marks the launch of a petition on the Whitehouse web site to “Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.” Here is the text of the petition: We petition the obama administration to: Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from…

Yes, it’s been that kind of day. “Fussy” dung beetles refusing to eat shit any more To zoologists, they are nature’s great recyclers, the 5,000 or so species that feed on faeces and maintain the ecological balance of the deserts, farmlands, forests and grasslands of the world. However, this may be about to change, as…

My union, the Library chapter of The York University Faculty Association (YUFA) has released a couple of open letters to The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages in the current Canadian government. The letters protest the current cuts to staff and programs at Library and Archives Canada. The letters do sketch…

Future U: The stubborn persistence of textbooks Daunt: library e-lending “disruptive” to high street A “License to Read”: The Effect of E-Books on Publishers, Libraries, and the First Sale Doctrine Inside the Georgia State Opinion The GSU decision — not an easy road for anyone The GSU decision E-Reservations The Greatest Threat to Amazon May…

Universities have been taken over by administrators Making Our Ideas More Accessible (by blogging, twitter, etc) University Of Toronto’s Lawyer In Access Copyright Deal Also Advised Access Copyright On Related Legislation NLLA advising universities & colleges not to sign AUCC’s proposed model license with Access Copyright Motion for Senate concerning Access Copyright (8 May 2012)…

The ugly underbelly of coder culture Used-Book Stores in the Digital Age The Massive Open Online Professor Leave only footprints: how Google’s ethical ignorance gets it in trouble The Arrogance of Publishers vs. Academic Culture – Why the Outcome Is Virtually Certain Becoming Prof 2.0 Library Journal Design Institute, Denver The New York Public Library…

Longtime followers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of genre fiction, and the more genres the better: science fiction, fantasy, horror, hard boiled and noir. And in a lot of ways those genre boundaries are fluid, and sometimes the authors themselves embody that fluidity. Walter Mosley is one of those authors, writing…

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