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Whither Science Publishing?

About a month ago The Scientist published an interesting set of interviews with a set of scientists, publishers and LIS faculty on the future of scholarly publishing. They called it Whither Science Publishing? with the subtitle “As we stand on the brink of a new scientific age, how researchers should best communicate their findings and…

An Open Access thought experiment

Imagine a scenario where suddenly over night all toll access publishing suddenly converts to Open Access. You go to bed and your average academic library spends millions of dollars on serials. You wake up, and the subscription bill is zero. Now, that doesn’t mean that suddenly scholarly publishing doesn’t cost anything to support. It just…

Don’t discard the librarians?

A very nice article by Ian Brown in this past Saturday’s Globe and Mail, Don’t discard the librarians. He very nicely summarizes the recent library/librarian angst that’s been free-flowing around the media and blogosphere over the last little while. The world of librarians was thrown into a tizzy this week – it doesn’t take much…

Hey, it wasn’t me that said that. It wasn’t even another academic librarian. It was Joshua Kim in his post from today’s Inside Higher Ed, 5 Reasons Librarians Are the Future of Ed Tech. It’s a great post, talking from an outsider’s perspective about what librarians bring to the educational process. Kim concentrates on the…

This series of four posts by William M. Briggs is pretty interesting stuff. The kind of thing where I’m torn: is it the most brilliant and perceptive thing I’ve ever read about higher education or is it a series of slightly early April 1st posts? Dear Internet, I really need all you people out there…

Stealthy librarian stories

My Stealth Librarianship Manifesto post from last month continues to gather comments and page views, albeit at a slower rate than before. Of course, that’s very gratifiying to see. If you haven’t checked in on the post in a while, there are probably a couple of new comments with librarians’ stories that you might want…

In all of our organizations fostering innovation is an important goal. But how do you turn the innovation fawcett on? Somehow it seems so much easier to turn it off. Of course, it’s all about institutional culture. The way problems and solutions are framed. The way management/leadership/peer culture frames, encourages and rewards ideas. Sometimes it…

I saw this just after I published my previous post and think it really encompasses what I’d like to say to HarperCollins and its fellow travelers. This is from The Capitalist’s Paradox by Umair Haque. So here’s my question: Does what you’re doing have a point — one that matters to people, society, nature, and…

Over the last week or so a huge issue has sprung up in the library and publishing world, which I touch on in my eBook Users’ Bill of Rights post. The publisher HarperCollins has restricting the number of checkouts an ebook version of one of their books can have before the library needs to pay…

A stealth librarianship manifesto

Stealth librarianship is a way of being. This particular edition of the manifesto applies to academic libraries. The principles of stealth librarianship apply to all branches of the profession, each in particular ways. Other manifestos could exist for, say, public or corporate librarians. However the core is the same: to thrive and survive in a…

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