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Librarians as faculty? It’s a red herring. Why I think faculty status for librarians is (generally) a bad idea Library employees protest changed title As Role of Librarians Evolves, Some Colleges End Their Faculty Status Stratification and losing faculty status Gender, “thought leaders”, ego, and subversion Unpacking “faculty status” Postscript: faculty status and “administrative bloat”…

The Journal of Library Administration is published by Taylor & Francis, a big publishing conglomerate. According to Brian Mathews, while he was in the middle of putting together a special issue on the future of libraries he received notice that the editorial board was resigning due to conflicts with the publisher around what kind of…

What makes one a librarian? Goodbye, Faculty Status Library employees protest changed title: New designation for incoming employee provokes heated debate why should librarians learn python? (a better answer) Why Not Grow Coders from the inside of Libraries? Alt-Ac: Breathing Life into Libraries or Eroding the Profession? Of Hybrarians, Scholar-Librarians, Academic Refugees, & Feral Professionals…

You would think that such apple pie issues as public science, basic research and the free and open exchange of scientific information would be hard to disagree with. You would think that a resolution in the Canadian parliament would to such effect would meet with resounding support, resulting in a unanimous vote, the room resounding…

I have a son who’s currently a first year physics student. As you can imagine, I occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think he might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised that perhaps other science students might find those links…

Just like the author of this piece, I too attended a recent talk by Cory Doctorow — a brilliant talk relating the life and death of Aaron Swartz with the theme of his latest novel Homeland — and similarly I often marvel at how lucky we are that the web is free and open. Enjoy…

(This post supersedes the previous post listing items related to the Aaron Swartz story. That post was from January 20, 2013.) A few comments. Aaron Swartz’s story has had a huge impact, it has reverberated far and wide not just through the interlinking worlds of technology and online activism but far into the mainstream. The…

Cracked is as Cracked does. Especially in this case, where some researchers do some especially cracked things. Or more precisely, things they only could have thought of after being cracked on the head. Librarian researchers, don’t try this at your library! The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research 5. Thor…

So here’s the rather strange story. Way back in 2010, librarian Dale Askey, then of Kansas State University, wrote a blog post critical of the humanities monograph publisher Edwin Mellen. Basically, he stated that the publishers’ low quality did not justify their high prices. No big deal, really, librarians have lots of opinions about publishers…

The recent death of Aaron Swartz has provoked a lot of commentary on the web so I thought I would gather some of it here. This is by no means an attempt to be comprehensive as the amount of commentary has been truly vast. I’ve tried to gather enough so that someone working through even…

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