- The PC is Over
- The Last PC Laptop
- What if Libraries were the Problem?
- Annealing the Library
- Librarians Talk of Abandoning E-Books
- Re-Inventing Public Libraries For The Digital Age
- 5 Ways That edX Could Change Education
- The State of the Internet (ie. mobilemobilemobile)
- Does Open Access Tackle, Perpetuate, or Exacerbate the Matthew Effect?
- PeerJ: Could it Transform Open Access Publishing?
- Best Practices for Scientific Computing
- Publishers And Google Reach Agreement
- Preventing the Second Big Deal (etextbooks rather than ejounals)
- Failure, crisis, disruption: The (perpetual) end of higher ed
- How to Use Social Media to Advance Science Programs
- Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways
- Oatmeal fundraiser for Tesla museum is a triumph
Archive for: October, 2012
- Finding Fame, and Sometimes Fortune, in Social Media
- Why Some Academics Publish More
- Why book bloggers are critical to literary criticism
- On Becoming a Phoenix: Encounters With the Digital Revolution (trying an online course at UPhoenix)
- A Pioneer in Online Education Tries a MOOC
- FriendFeed Turns 5. The One-Time Pioneer Is Still Here.
- The Financial Burdens of the CC-BY License for Scholarly Literature
- Will Public Libraries Become Extinct?
- It will be hard to find a public library 15 years from now
- 2012 Digital Music Sales on Pace to Break Record
- MLA to Launch Scholarly Communications Platform
- Universities and social media: Academics need to be bold in our use of social media and not outsource digital dissemination to widget gurus
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Research as a Public Good
- Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go
- Humanities in the Digital Age
- The University as Proving Ground (what are universities for?)
- The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 (report)
Ten years ago today, three days shy of my 40th birthday, I started a blog more or less on a whim. I have to admit, I only had a pretty vague idea of what blogging was all about or what its potential was. After all, my main inspiration for getting started wasn't even a blog at all, but a zine.
Sitting here, all these years later, three days shy of my 50th birthday, I can only say that it's been a wonderful, exciting and sometimes strange trip. The trip has meandered through the broad crossroads of librarianship and science at the beginning of the 21st century and I'm sure will continue to wander that same path.
I'm not much on extensive recaps or endless sentimental remembrances (which I know, seems rare among bloggers...), but this seems like an anniversary worth noting, if only briefly. Blogging has been good to me personally and professionally in more ways than I can count. I hope to continue contributing my one small voice to the profession.
To all my readers who have patiently followed me hither and yon over the years, all I have to say is thank you for your time and attention.
- Another World is Possible: Particle Physics Goes Open Access
- Open-access deal for particle physics
- 20/09/2012, SCOAP3 Article Processing Charges announced
- SCOAP3 Open Access Initiative launched at CERN
- The Cost of Not Reading "The Price of Inequality"
- Our Obsession with Scale Is Failing Us
- The Virginia Effect (UVa controversy from the summer has broad impact across higher ed...)
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012
- Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No
- The Cost of Not Reading "The Price of Inequality" (economic inequality is important for higher ed)
- Library as Platform
- The Business Rusch: Watching The Numbers (ebooks are potentially an international market with impacts on an author's career)
- Can Amazon Turn Out-of-Print Books Into Gold?
- Fifty Shades of Instructions (fighting plagiarism with clarity)
- AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing
- Treading Water on Open Access (Dan Cohen's response to the above)
- We Need to Talk About Kevin, er, Open Access
- Dear American Historical Association
- An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan
- AAP Statement in Response to American Library Association President’s Letter
The most recent controversy to whip up the library and science blogospheres revolves around SUNY Potsdam cancelling their American Chemical Society journal package because the subscription packages on offer sucked up too high a percentage of their total budget. SUNY Potsdam Library Director Jenica Rogers wrote about the decision on her blog, garnering quite a bit of attention, including a feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The feature included some rather rude and derailing comments from a representative of the ACS, who later threw some gasoline on the PR fire on a chemistry information mailing list. This in turn inspired a further library and science blogosphere firestorm, concentrating on the disrespectful, dismissive and personal attacks by the ACS towards the library world.
Which is more-or-less where we are today.
I think what library/chemistry worlds are waiting for is some sort of acknowledgement of their PR disaster from the ACS. And what we're sincerely hoping for is some movement on their part towards a set of business models that's fairer and more accessible for a broader range of institutions.
American Chemical Society, the ball is in your court.
My previous post promised that if this controversy showed some legs I'd update the list of relevant posts and put them in chronological order. Well, here's the new list. And here's hoping
- 2112.09.12. Walking away from the American Chemical Society by Jenica Rogers
- 2112.09.12. Yay SUNY Potsdam, but pondering the fungibility of chemistry journals... by Christina Pikas
- 2112.09.12. the runs you didn’t score by Andromeda Yelton
- 2112.09.12. Gauntlet thrown by The Library Loon
- 2112.09.12. This One’s for SUNY Potsdam by Elizabeth Jardine
- 2112.09.13. Thought experiment or reality: Walking away from the American Chemical Society? by John Dupuis
- 2112.09.14. Walking away from the ACS by Derek Lowe
- 2112.09.14. Another higher education bubble: scientific journal pricing?
- 2112.09.14. A Call to Action by mkrishnamohan
- 2112.09.16. Hachette Job, and Other Pre-LIANZA Musings by Karen Schneider
- 2112.09.17. kittens, glitter, and unicorns by Jenica Rogers
- 2112.09.18. University Library Ditches ACS by Bob Grant
- 2112.09.19. ACS v. Leadscope: Why Chemists Should be Disturbed by Paul Bracher
- 2112.09.19. Supposed To's: An Open Letter to Library Directors by Jacob Berg
- 2012.09.20. Follow the Money: American Chemical Society Income at a Glance by Rich Apodaca
- 2112.09.26. As Chemistry Journals' Prices Rise, a Librarian Just Says No by Jennifer Howard
- 2112.09.26. CHMINF-L Mailing list item from Glenn Ruskin
- 2112.09.26. CHMINF-L Mailing list Response from Jenica Rogers
- 2112.09.26. Respecting your customers by Jenica Rogers
- 2112.09.26. Just Saying No to For-Profit Academic Publishers by Leonora Lange
- 2112.09.26. Speaking Truth to Power in the Publishing Industry by Scott D-S
- 2112.09.26. ACS to Bloggers: Shove It by Paul Bracher
- 2112.09.26. Your response to us complaining you treat us crappy is to treat us crappier by Chris Zammareilli
- 2112.09.26. On Discourse, Civility, and Vendors; or, JoVE and ACS and bullies by Iris Jastram
- 2112.09.26. The ACS and FUD by Steve Lawson
- 2112.09.26. This statement will be retracted, right? by Chemjobber
- 2112.09.26. Glenn Ruskin clarifies his statement by Chemjobber
- 2112.09.26. Scholars--Don't give away your work for free: Synthesizing many scholarly communication issues tonight by Joseph Kraus
- 2112.09.27. we are not the ones who failed by Jenica Rogers
- 2112.09.27. Just saying no by Kent Holsinger
- 2112.09.27. When you’re wrong on the message… by Walt Crawford
- 2112.09.27. American Chemical Society not winning any blogging friends these days by Jonathan Eisen
- 2112.09.27. Behind the Wood Shed with the ACS by David Kroll
- 2112.09.27. Stewardship, Librarianship, the ACS, and us by Catherine Pellegrino
- 2112.09.27. The American Chemical Society: Paving paradise to put up a parking lot by John Dupuis
- 2012.09.27. A call for Action - ACS Journal Prices by Clifford Rossiter
- 2112.09.28. A small college cancels ACS journal subscriptions, and ACS doesn’t want to talk about it by Bonnie Swoger
- 2112.09.28. Hero, villain, poltroon, ignoramus, or bumbler? by The Library Loon
- 2112.09.28. Jenica Vs. The ACS Volcano by Andy Woodworth
- 2112.09.28. Librarians Vs. The ACS on Metafilter by Blake Carver
- 2012.10.01. Around the Web: SUNY Potsdam vs. American Chemical Society in chronological order by John Dupuis
- 2012.10.02. ACS, blogging, and decorum in librarianship by Karen Harker
- 2012.10.03. American Libraries Direct October 3, 2012
- 2012.10.04. Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere by Chris Parr
- 2012.10.04. Preventing the Second Big Deal by Dorothea Salo
- 2012.10.04. Chemical Reactions by Barbara Fister
- 2012.10.05. An Open Letter to the Library Community - from ACS Publications by Brandon Nordin
- 2012.10.05. Answers from Prof. Tom Barton, Candidate for ACS President-Elect by Paul Bracher
- 2012.10.07. Keep Up with the Latest Journal Issues via RSS by Masaki Kondo
- 2012.10.08. On swearing by The Library Loon
- 2012.10.08. Walking away from the American Chemical Society by Er Bee Eng
- 2012.10.09. Follow the Money: American Chemical Society Expenses at a Glance by Rich Apodaca
- 2012.10.10. Chemical Society Pricing Has Librarians Up In Arms by Meredith Schwartz
- 2012.10.18. Observations from the eye of the storm by Jenica Rogers
- 2012.10.18. SUNY Potsdam Takes Tough Stand Against American Chemical Society Prices by Caralee Adams
- 2012.10.19. noted without comment by Jenica Rogers
- 2012.10.24. ACS, SUNY Potsdam, and Pricing: The Publisher's Perspective by Brandin Nordin
- 2012.10.26. Rude language and the heat death of venting steam by Walt Crawford
- 2012.10.26. specious arguments by Jenica Rogers
- 2012.10.29. Member of the Week: Jenica P. Rogers by Mary Jane Petrowski
- 2012.11.12. No Easy Answer For Library Budgets: Complexity of journals’ pricing adds to tension between publishers and customers by Lila Guterman
- 2012.11.12. I'm Famous! Brief Musings On Libraries, Vendors, & Open Access by Jacob Berg
- 2012.11.12. Why does ACS Publications increase its journal prices? by chemjobber
- 2012.11.26. CRKN to Terminate National Agreement with the ACS
- 2012.11.26. Citing Price Concerns, Canadian Colleges Will Terminate Journal Deal by Nick DeSantis
- 2012.11.26. On the cultivation of virtue. by Mark Kille
As usual, if I've missed anything or made any errors, please let me know in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.
2012.10.09. Update including posts from October 1-9.
2012.10.25. Update up until October 25, including some older stragglers. Also note Why ACS Must Come Clean on Journal Publication Costs by Rich Apodaca, outside the direct scope of this issue but still highly relevant.
2012.11.27. Added a few since the last update. Note that I'm considering the CRKN decision to cancel ACS as related enough to include here even though the link is tenuous.