Archive for: October, 2012

Around the Web: The PC is Over, What if libraries were the problem? and more

Oct 10 2012 Published by under around the web

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Around the Web: Becoming Internet famous, Why some academics publish more and, er, more

Oct 04 2012 Published by under around the web

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Happpy 10th Blogiversary to me!

Oct 03 2012 Published by under blogging, personal

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.

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Around the Web: SCOAP3: Another world is possible, The price of inequality and more

Oct 02 2012 Published by under around the web

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Around the Web: SUNY Potsdam vs. American Chemical Society in chronological order

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

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.

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