Questioning Library Neutrality – Introduction

Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian, edited by Alison Lewis, has been out for a while. I was just taking a look at it, and it occurred to me that it might be a good thing to put Alison’s introduction to the book online, so I have done that. It’s a good, quick read … Read more Questioning Library Neutrality – Introduction

Interior space as a social cause

There is a common assumption that trends should be identified quickly so that we can more quickly and more fully adapt to them, in order to stay competitively ahead-of-the-curve and relevant. But trends are not all the same. Let me give you an analogy. I have heard of two primary policy themes in response to … Read more Interior space as a social cause

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book Compiler: Rory Litwin Editor: Martin Wallace Foreword: Michael Gorman Price: $15.00 ISBN: 978-0-9802004-1-6 5.06″ by 7.81″ 172 Pages Published: May 2009 Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book is a compilation of quotations originally collected for the “Quotes of the Week” section of Library Juice, an … Read more Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

PLG statement on Elsevier’s fake journals

Progressive Librarians Guild Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices and for Library Associations to Take Advocacy Role on Behalf of Scientific Integrity http://libr.org/plg/elsevier.php Progressive Librarians Guild. May 12, 2009. Elsevier, which describes itself as the “world’s leading publisher of scientific and health information,” was partner to the efforts of Merck & Co. to … Read more PLG statement on Elsevier’s fake journals

A Seismic Shift in Epistemology

John Buschman sent a link out this morning to this article by Chris Dede in the current EDUCAUSE Review, “A Seismic Shift in Epistemology. The article examines the deep changes in the meaning of knowledge in the academy and elsewhere that are being effected by new technologies, with a focus on Wikipedia and other Web … Read more A Seismic Shift in Epistemology

Elsevier publishes fake journal promoting Merck drugs

This is really outrageous if true and ought to lead to some serious consequences for Elsevier. An online magazine called The Scientist has reported that Elsevier published a two-off fake journal with reprinted and summarized articles that presented data favorable to Merck products. And that’s all that was in these journals. They were made to … Read more Elsevier publishes fake journal promoting Merck drugs

Media in Transition 6 – Podcasts

MIT has posted podcasts from the five plenary sessions at Media in Transition 6, at the Comparative Media Studies program’s podcast page. The plenary sessions were on “Archives and History,” “New Media, Civic Media,” “Institutional Perspectives on Storage,” “The Future of Publishing,” and “Summary Perspectives.” I think these plenary sessions were the best part of … Read more Media in Transition 6 – Podcasts

Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist

New from Litwin Books Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist Author: Chaim Leib Weinberg Translator: Naomi Cohen Editor: Robert Helms Price: $28.00 Published: May 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9802004-3-0 Printed on acid-free paper This story, told by one colorful figure among the anarchists of Philadelphia, does not tell the entire story of … Read more Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist