- Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research
- Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research
- Second shoe drops: new White House Directive mandates OA
- AAP Supports OSTP Policy Urging Collaboration in Public Access
- White House Public Access Policy Is Out
- White House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering
- SPARC applauds White House for landmark directive opening up access to scientific research
- Big day for open access
- All you loons
- PLOS Commends White House Directive on Open Access
- Happy, happy day! OSTP issues directive to expand open access to the products of federally funded research.
- What kind of researcher are you?
- When Twitter attacks: how trolls use social media to silence
- Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites
- Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media
- For new ideas in scholarly publishing, look to the library
- Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time
- Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition
- Digital Humanities Speed Dating
- And read all over: An implicit network, not overt racism, keeps tech writing dominated by white men.
- The artist and the machine
- How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)
- A Personal History of Libraries
- Why it’s ok to get your news through people who share your beliefs
- Copying is a fact, not a problem: Cory Doctorow says the problem we really need to solve is how to make money when copying happens.
- In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions (NYPL reno)
Archive for: February, 2013
Around the Web: Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, What kind of researcher are you? and more
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!
5. Thor Heyerdahl Crosses the Pacific Ocean on a Raft
On the 101st day, they made it. The "boat" hit a reef in French Polynesia and beached on an uninhabited island. But it didn't prove his point; even though Heyerdahl had proved that the journey was possible, no one believed that this was actually how Polynesia was populated. Science basically patted him on the head for trying his best and told him to run along. Only recently has DNA testing revealed that there was definitely some DNA swapping between Polynesians and South Americans before Europeans made it to the islands in 1722, so everyone would decide that he was at least partially right, decades later. Totally worth it.
4. Alain Bombard Shipwrecks Himself on Purpose
3. Graham Hoyland Climbs Mount Everest With No Modern Gear
2. Tom Avery Sleds to the North Pole Using 1909 Methods
1. Well, you'll just have to click over to find out for yourself...
What's your favourite badass thing done in the name of research -- especially badass things you've done yourself!?
- You Build A Library with Books
- Beware the Big Errors of ‘Big Data’
- Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs
- Tear it down, build it up: the Research Output Team, or the library-as-publisher
- Publishers versus libraries
<li>Waking Up to New Approaches to Community Media and Librarianship
- Wikipedia vs Britannica
- Open Access, library and publisher competition, and the evolution of general commerce
- Why Science Journal Paywalls Have to Go
- A Vision for the Future of Scholarly Publishing
- Scientists who engage with society perform better academically
- MacArthur Foundation researchers find a new digital divide that's hard to cross
- The Case Against Patents
- What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?
- Another blog post that won’t make any money
- Public History and the University: Opportunities and Challenges
The biennial Western Conference on Science Education will be taking place this coming July 9–July 11, 2013.
I'm thinking very seriously of going and I think science/engineering librarians in general should consider doing so as well.
Here's how they describe it:
The biennial Western Conference for Science Education creates an ongoing organizational infrastructure that invites teaching and research faculty, librarians and other educational professionals, regardless of their experience level, to collaborate on the improvement of post-secondary Science education through the exchange of experience, innovation, ideas, and research in teaching and learning across disciplines.
Although situated in the context of Canadian higher education in Science, the Western Conference recognizes that fundamental issues in teaching and learning often transcend disciplinary, institutional, and national boundaries. Participation by colleagues working outside the country, or outside the traditional disciplines of Science, is welcome.
Specifically, the Western Conference for Science Education is designed to create and sustain an on-going organizational structure that:
- enhances a Science education community by enticing faculty and educational staff to venture out of their respective discipline-specific circles to meet, discuss, and collaborate with one another;
- promotes ongoing improvement in post-secondary Science education through support of a range of scholarly approaches to teaching and learning;
- contributes to the professional development of Science educators by providing access to educational leaders, resources, and training;
- promotes productive inter-relationships between educators and various private sector academic publishers, suppliers, technology providers etc;
- provides an avenue to share ideas, innovation, and research;
- ensures that Conference proceedings are archived and accessible.
Conferences are planned for every other year after 2013. On off-years, we encourage other colleagues, organizations and institutions to host synergistic events that benefit from, and in turn increase, the momentum created by the Western Conferences.
The conference topic threads have a lot of scope for the kinds of work librarians do:
Thread A: Teaching and Learning Science
Thread B: Evaluation of Learning
Thread C: Curriculum
Thread D: Education Technologies and Innovative Resources
Thread E: Other
And the session formats leave a lot of leeway for interesting ways to pitch that work. In particular, the "Short & Tweet" format seems to have a lot of possibility for advocacy.
- Workshops: Workshops are highly participatory hands-on 80 minute sessions allowing participants to come away with a product, tool, or skill.
- Presentations: Presentations are 40 minute sessions providing the opportunity for presenters to engage with their peers in the form of a traditional paper, novel demonstration, provocative debate, or other creative formats. When appropriate, two complementary presentations will be paired.
- Short and Tweets: This is an engaging 14.0 minute live presentation that will be summarized in 140 characters. Short and Tweets will be collected and presented in six-packs.
- Posters: Posters are self-explanatory visual displays offered in a format that promotes informal dialogue between the poster’s author(s) and their peers. At least one of the poster's authors will be available for discussion during the Poster Session.
The Canadian Engineering Education Association annual conference (June 17-20) is another I'm considering for the spring/summer and I know that it's also a very good conference for engineering librarians.
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 and share them all the time around the water cooler, at conferences and online. But perhaps foreshadowing what was coming, Askey remarked in his post: "Given how closely Mellen guards its reputation against all critics, perhaps I should just put on my flameproof suit now."
Fast forward to 2012, with Askey now Associate University Librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario:
Edwin Mellen Press, an academic publisher with offices in upstate New York and Britain, filed two lawsuits in June in Ontario’s Superior Court. The first implicates Askey and McMaster, his current employer and employer for some of the time the blog post was live, as "vicariously liable" for his statements, and claims libel and exemplary damages in the amount of $3.5 million. A second suit, filed against Askey alone, claims more than $1 million in similar damages (the individual suit names Herbert Richardson, press founder, as plaintiff and alleges additional, defamatory remarks directed against him personally on the blog).
Suing a librarian for being critical about your products is clearly a massive overreaction. There are better ways to respond, surely.
But here we are. Academic librarians have academic freedom in their positions to protect us from just this sort of undue influence on the exercise of our judgement while doing our jobs. This intimidation is unacceptable.
So what are next steps? First of all, we should all keep up the pressure on blogs and twitter and other places online. It would be great to see more faculty blogging and tweeting about this, and faculty all across the disciplinary map too. Librarians work for the interests of their entire campus constituency and I'd hate to think this could set any sort of precedent.
Sign the petition, if you're so inclined. I have. And most of all, we should continue to air our honest opinions about publishers and their products, both in person and online.
As is my occasionally obsessive practive, I've gathered the various commentaries I've seen around the web below.
- 2010.09.22. The curious case of Edwin Mellen Press by Dale Askey (original post at Archive.org)
- 2012.06.07. Notice of Action: Edwin Mellen Press and Dale Askey and McMaster University (court document)
- Edwin Mellen Press: End libel suit against Dale Askey and McMaster University Petition by Martha Reineke (Petition at Change.org)
- 2013.02.05. Best philosophy publishers in English by Brian Leiter
- McMaster librarian John Fink's list of links. (probably a more dynamic, more frequently updated list than is possible here)
- Edwin Mellen Press forum on The Chronicle website
- Academic Freedom for Librarians: What is it, and why does it matter? by James L. Turk
- Professor fired over outside interest (background on Herbert Richardson of Mellen Press)
- The Responsibility of Professors: Academic Freedom, Peer Review, and the Scholarly Conscience Today by Murray Miles (background on Herbert Richardson of Mellen Press)
- partial list of domains owned or linked to Edwin Mellen Press
- List of Relevant URLs by Nick Ruest
- Reasonable Responses to Criticism by Eric Phetteplace
- Complaint Review: Edwin Mellen Press at The Ripoff Report
- Academic Mobbing: Definitions and More by Ruth A. Tucker (info on Richardson & University of Toronto)
- ARE WE STILL BOYCOTTING EDWIN MELLEN PRESS? YES
- Publisher's Pledge to the Library Community by Litwin Books
- The #freedaleaskey Collection (Archive of statements of support and websites)
- EddyMellenPress parody Twitter account
- The Curious Case of Academic Publishing by Michael Quinn Dudley (article in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, v8n1)
The story chronologically:
- 2013.02.06. Edwin Mellen Press Suing a Librarian? by Wayne Bivens-Tatum
- 2013.02.06. Shocking attack on academic freedom at McMaster by Edwin Mellen Press? by Brian Leiter
- 2013.02.07. Academic Librarian Sued For Dissing Publisher In A Blog Post
- 2013.02.07. Unprecedented $3 million dollar lawsuit filed against McMaster librarian for blogpost by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.02.08. PLG GTA Stands With Dale Askey
- 2013.02.08. Libel Action Against McMaster librarian Raises Academic Freedom Issues by Samuel Trosow
- 2013.02.08. A McMaster Statement and a Petition by Wayne Bivens-Tatum
- 2013.02.08. A statement by McMaster on the Mellen Press Lawsuit--and a Petition by Brian Leiter
- 2013.02.08. Publisher Sues College Librarian for Saying Publisher Sucks by Hamilton Nolan/Gawker
- 2013.02.08. Price of a Bad Review by Colleen Flaherty/Inside Higher Ed
- 2013.02.08. How Not to Silence Critics – Publisher Sues Librarian For Defamation by Nate Hoffelder
- 2013.02.08. McMaster's commitment to academic freedom (Statement by McMaster about the case)
- 2013.02.08. Edwin Mellen Press Sues University Librarian for Libel by Jake New/Chronicle Wired Campus
- 2013.02.08. Should it be okay to sue librarians for saying your books are bad? by Jessamyn West
- 2013.02.08. Vanity, Thy Name Is Lawsuit by Phil Nel
- 2013.02.08. Textbook publisher sues librarian for pointing out that their books suck by T.X. Watson
- 2013.02.08. Will Edwin Mellen Press Sue Google Over Search Algorithm? by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.02.08. Dale Askey is being sued by YUFA Library Chapter
- 2013.02.08. I hate rats by Chris Bourg
- 2013.02.08. Mellen Press sues librarian for libel by danrebo
- 2013.02.08. Publisher launches $3,000,000 suit against academic librarian who criticized its books by Cory Doctorow
- 2013.02.08. Edwin Mellen Press files lawsuit against academic librarian by Paul Pival
- 2013.02.08. Various Reddit threads: 1, 2, 3.
- 2013.02.08. Librarian Faces Publisher's Wrath (and Defamation Suit) by Media Law Prof
- 2013.02.09. How to respond to criticism by J Whyte Appleby
- 2013.02.09. On questioning the quality of a publisher (MetaFilter thread)
- 2013.02.09. Scholarly Publishing: Still Not Making Sense by Maura Smale
- 2013.02.09. Watch out for Edwin Mellen press by Michael E. Smith
- 2013.02.09. Edwin Mellen Press's Curious Case by Simon Fodden
- 2013.02.09. Edwin Mellen Press is suing an academic librarian and his university for over $4 million total damages because he was critical of them in a blog post. and An academic press sues a librarian, raising issues of academic freedom (Reddit threads)
- 2013.02.09. I hate rats by Chris Bourg
- 2013.02.10. McMaster University accused of libel by Jeffrey Minucci
- 2013.02.10. Speak Out and Get Sued by Philip G. Altbach
- 2013.02.10. The librarian and the bully by The Library Loon
- 2013.02.11. Mac librarian shocked by $3.5M blogging lawsuit by Molly Hayes
- 2013.02.11. Librarian Sued By Publisher for Saying Mean Things by The Annoyed Librarian
- 2013.02.11. When Sellers and Buyers Disagree — Edwin Mellen Press vs. a Critical Librarian by Rick Anderson (Internet Archive version here.)
- 2013.02.11. CLA supports Dale Askey in libel suit defense by The Canadian Library Association
- 2013.02.11. Press Sues Librarian Over Negative Evaluation by Meredith Schwartz
- 2013.02.11. Press Roundup: Mellen Press Libel Lawsuits vs. Librarian and McMaster University by Gary Price
- 2013.02.11. LJ: Press Sues Librarian Over Negative Evaluation by Michael Stephens
- 2013.02.11. Top Ten (10) Ways To Avoid Legal Action When Blogging by Dean Giustini.
- 2013.02.11. Edwin Mellen Press suing McMaster librarian in $4.5 million libel lawsuit by Sue Carter Flinn/Quill & Quire
- 2013.02.11. Dale Askey Statement, McMaster University Faculty Association
- 2013.02.11. Petition for Edwin Mellen Press to Drop Libel Suit by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.02.11. Minor updates on the Edwin Mellen lawsuit by Paul Pival
- 2013.02.11. Publisher suing McMaster and librarian for $3.5 million in libel damages by Aissa Boodhoo-Leegsma
- 2013.02.11. When Is It Ok To Sue For A Bad Online Review? by Scott Stratten
- 2013.02.12. Another informative item on the Edwin Mellen Affair by Brian Leiter
- 2013.02.12. Shushing the Librarian by Philippe Cloutier
- 2013.02.12. When Publishers Attack by Jessica Olin
- 2013.02.12. The McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association stands in support of our colleague, Dale Askey
- 2013.02.12. Academic freedom: OCULA supports Dale Askey and McMaster University by The Ontario College and University Library Association
- 2013.02.12. Suing Librarians in the Digital Age by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.02.12. Un bibliothécaire poursuivi en justice pour diffamation par un éditeur by Francois Renaville
- 2013.02.12. Edwin Mellen Press Suing a Librarian? by Mercer University Division of Library Services
- 2013.02.13. McMaster University and its librarian sued for millions over blog post by Macleans
- 2013.02.13. Faculty Council endorses academic freedom for Dale Askey and McMaster University by The Western University Faculty of Information and Media Studies
- 2013.02.14. The $3 million Edward Mellen Press hit!
- 2013.02.14. Living in Parallel Universes by Barbara Fister
- 2013.02.14. Edwin Mellen Press update by CBC and others…
- 2013.02.14. Book publisher sues McMaster librarian, university for libel by Cory Ruf, CBC News
- 2013.02.14. A Call to Support Dale Askey! by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.02.14. CBC Update on Edwin Mellen Press Lawsuite Against McMaster Librarian by University of Toronto Academic Librarians
- 2013.02.14. ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University by The Association of Research Libraries and The Canadian Association of Research Libraries
- 2013.02.14. UVic Libraries supports CLA position on Mellen Press suit against McMaster librarian by University of Victoria Libraries
- 2013.02.14. BCLA Press Release on Dale Askey / McMaster / Edwin Mellen Lawsuit by the British Columbia Library Association
- 2013.02.14. Let’s Talk: Why Suing Librarians is a Bad Idea by Barbara Fister
- 2013.02.14. Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments by Jake New
- 2013.02.14. #FreeDaleAskey & Please Consider Signing the Petition by Michael Stephens
- 2013.02.14. Statement of Support for Dale Askey by The University of Guelph Library
- 2013.02.14. Show Support for Dale Askey and Academic Freedom by University of Toronto Academic Librarians
- 2013.02.14. The Chilling Effect and Banned Books Week by Mita Williams
- 2013.02.14. Librarian, Targeted By Defamation Suit, Receives Support From Around the World by Media Law Prof
- 2013.02.15. Librarians and Lawyers by Colleen Flaherty
- 2013.02.15. BCLA Press Release on the Dale Askey / McMaster / Edwin Mellen Lawsuit
- 2013.02.15. Edwin Mellen Press sues blogger over critical remarks by David Lowry
- 2013.02.15. The Windsor University Faculty Association supports CLA position on Mellen Press suit against McMaster Librarian
- 2013.02.15. MLA/AAHSL Support Dale Askey and McMaster University by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AASHL) and the Medical Library Association (MLA)
- 2013.02.15. Another Publisher Has Serious Problems with a Blog Post Written by a Librarian by Gary Price
- 2013.02.15. Publisher suing McMaster and librarian for $3.5 million in libel damages by Aissa Boodhoo-Leegsma
- 2013.02.15. Research Libraries Stand Up to Edwin Mellen Press by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.02.16. Edwin Mellen Press Has a Dubious Future
- 2013.02.16. Mellen Press hits McMaster librarian with lawsuit alleging defamation by CAUT Bulletin
- 2013.02.16. Support grows for Dale Askey
- 2013.02.17. Publisher Sues University Librarian Over His Personal Blog Posts (slashdot thread)
- 2013.02.17. Academic freedom hotspots by Miriam Jones
- 2013.02.18. Librarians pan attack on academic freedom by Kathy Gaynor
- 2013.02.18. The curious case of Edwin Mellen Press suing a university librarian for libel by Mark-Shane Scale
- 2013.02.18. For One College Librarian, Freedom of Speech is Under Fire by Matthew C. Keegan
- 2013.02.19. Please don't comment on this post #FreeDaleAskey by John Whitehead
- 2013.02.19. NLLA Supports Dale Askey and McMaster University by the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association
- 2013.02.19. MLA Statement Supporting Blogger & McMaster Being Sued by Publisher by Michelle Kraft
- 2013.02.19. COPPUL Statement on Edwin Mellen Press lawsuits by Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
- 2013.02.19. Open Letter to the Scholarly Community by Association of Canadian University Press / Association Des Presses Universitaires Canadiennes
- 2013.02.19. MLA Statement Supporting Blogger & McMaster Being Sued by Publisher by Michelle Kraft
- 2013.02.19. Academic freedom: librarians on the front line by Simon Fraser University Library (and letter of support)
- 2013.02.19. Information Literacy and Edwin Mellen Press by Sandra Jamieson
- 2013.02.19. Can Students Be Sued for Blog Posts by Jill Rooney
- 2013.02.20. ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Edwin Mellen Press v. Dale Askey by Steven J. Bell
- 2013.02.20. Price of a Bad Review by Stephen Downes
- 2013.02.20. Edwin Mellen Press Updates by Paul Pival
- 2013.02.20. Western Libraries supports McMaster Librarian
- 2013.02.20. Herb Richardson, Please Don’t Sue Us by Tony Ortega
- 2013.02.20. Take One: February 18, 2013 (judging and being judged) by Anne R. Kenney / Cornell University Library
- 2013.02.21. Thank you for the support by Dale Askey
- 2013.02.21. Dalhousie Libraries’ statement of support for Dale Askey and McMaster University
- 2013.02.21. Signs Taken for Wonders by Wayne Bivens-Tatum
- 2013.02.21. Statement on Academic Freedom by University of British Columbia Library
- 2013.02.21. In support of Dale Askey and McMaster University by The Ontario Council of University Libraries
- 2013.02.21. UGFA Librarians Support Dale Askey by University of Guelph Faculty Association Librarians
- 2013.02.21. Statement Supporting Dale Askey by Brock University Faculty Association Professional Librarians
- 2013.02.22. Edwin Mellen Press suing blogger and new employer over critical post by Betsy McKenzie
- 2013.02.22. Scholars rally behind McMaster librarian facing libel lawsuits by Cory Ruf, CBC News
- 2013.02.22. ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit by Maureen Sullivan
- 2013.02.22. AAUP Issues Statement on Edwin Mellen Lawsuit by the Association of American University Presses
- 2013.02.22. ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit by the Office of Intellectual Freedom
- 2013.02.22. Librarian Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments by Lisa Huang
- 2013.02.22. In support of Dale Askey, librarian at McMaster Library by Association of Professional Librarians of the University of Alberta
- 2013.02.24. Update on L'Affaire Edwin Mellen by Brian Leiter
- 2013.02.24. Scholars rally behind McMaster librarian facing libel lawsuits
- 2013.02.25. Will EDF become the Barbra Streisand of climate protest? by George Monbiot
- 2013.02.25. I got tenure after my book was published by Edwin Mellen Press by Joe Hodnicki
- 2013.02.25. ALA joins protest of SLAPP lawsuit brought by publisher against librarian by Sal Robinson/Melville House
- 2013.02.26. Going to court over customer criticism…One of the worst things a company can do to its image? by Sarah Kosofsky
- 2013.02.26. ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit by Maureen Sullivan
- 2013.02.26. YUFA librarians will refrain from acquiring titles published by Edwin Mellen … by The York University Faculty Association
- 2013.02.26. UBC Library supports Dale Askey and McMaster University by Glenn Drexhage
- 2013.02.26. MRU Library’s Statement of Support for Academic Freedom by Mount Royal University
- 2013.02.26. Lawsuits Against Associate University Librarian Dale Askey and McMaster University by Robert Thomas / Saskatchewan Library Association
- 2013.02.27. APBU Statement of Support for McMaster Associate University Librarian Dale Askey by The Association of Professors of Bishop's University
- 2013.02.27. Letter of Support for Dale Askey by Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association
- 2013.02.28. Uitgever sleept kritische bibliothecaris voor de rechter
- 2013.03.01. Dale Askey Support Facebook Page by Blake Carver
- 2013.03.01. CAUT Releases Statement: McMaster University to Pay for Dale Askey’s Legal Costs by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.01. McMaster University Agrees to Cover Dale Askey’s Legal Costs by University of Toronto Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.01. Bibliothecaris bashen by Dafne Jansen
- 2013.03.02. Stalker Assaults and Librarians Harass Librarian In Black; ALA Should Support Sarah Houghton and Other Beleaguered Librarians by Dan Kleinman
- 2013.03.02. PLG London Statement of Support for Dale Askey by Progressive Librarians Guild – London Ontario Chapter
- 2013.03.02. Update on beleaguered blogger by Miriam Jones
- 2013.03.04. EMP Drops the Lawsuit; Richardson Doesn’t by Wayne Bivens-Tatum
- 2013.03.04. Book publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster librarian by Cory Ruf
- 2013.03.04. Mellen Press to Drop Lawsuit Due to Public Pressure – Good News! by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.04. Edwin Mellen Press Drops Lawsuit Against University Librarian by Jake New
- 2013.03.04. McMaster Steps Up to Defend Librarian Against Outrageous Libel Action by Edwin Mellen Press (UPDATED: Mellen Press withdraws suit) by Brian Leiter
- 2013.03.04. Mellen Drops Lawsuit against McMaster and Askey by Michelle Kraft
- 2013.03.04. Book publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster librarian – Hamilton by Stephanie L. Gross
- 2013.03.04. Edwin Mellen Press To Drop Suit Against Librarian by Blake Carver
- 2013.03.04. Publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster and librarian by Anqi Shen and here
- 2013.03.04. Edwin Mellen Press Drops Suit Against Librarian Blogger by Betsy McKenzie
- 2013.03.04. UPDATE: Dalhousie Libraries’ statement of support for Dale Askey and McMaster University by The Dalhousie Libraries
- 2013.03.04. Statement of Support by The librarian members of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association
- 2013.03.04. Publisher Drops Defamation Suit Against Librarian by Media Law Prof
- 2013.03.04. Happy ending! by Miriam Jones
- 2013.03.04. UTFA supports Dale Askey and the academic freedom of librarians (University of Toronto Faculty Association statement here)
- 2013.03.05. Mellen Press – Update in Chronicle for Higher Education by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.05. Contact Edwin Mellen Press to Drop Second Lawsuit by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.03.05. In bizarre press release, Edwin Mellen Press drops one court case under public pressure by Kate Lara
- 2013.03.05. One Down, One to Go: Edwin Mellen Press Blinks One Eye by Rick Anderson (Internet Archive version here.)
- 2013.03.05. An Update on the Curious Case of Edwin Mellen Press by Joe Hodnicki
- 2013.03.05. The Edwin Mellen Effect by Philip Nel
- 2013.03.06. My Open Letter to Libraryland Re: Dale Askey Lawsuit by Myron G.
- 2013.03.06. an open letter to the Edwin Mellen Press by Laura Crossett
- 2013.03.07. Librarians and Lawsuits [update] – Dale Askey by TheLuddbrarian
- 2013.03.07. On Herbert Richardson v. Dale Askey by The Progressive Librarians Guild Toronto Area Chapter
- 2013.03.07. CLA Continues Its Support For Dale Askey by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network
- 2013.03.07. McGill University Librarians support Dale Askey by Librarians at McGill University
- 2013.03.07. Kansas State University statement concerning freedom of expression for faculty members
- 2013.03.08. Say NO to Intimidation – Say YES to Intellectual Freedom by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.08. Publisher sues librarian by The Shurz Library
- 2013.03.08. Time wasted or time invested? by Edward Bilodeau
- 2013.03.08. RFA librarians boycott EMP by The librarian members of the Ryerson Faculty Association
- 2013.03.08. Academic libraries in Canada & Askey by Dean Giustini
- 2013.03.10. Mellen, Sky River: what a mighty big waste… by Karen G. Schneider
- 2013.03.11. ARL and CARL Urge Dropping of Remaining Lawsuit against Askey by The Association of Research Libraries and The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (and here)
- 2013.03.11. The Curious Case of Edwin Mellen Press, Part 2: Drop the Second Lawsuit! by Joe Hodnicki
- 2013.03.11. ARL and CARL Urge Dropping of Remaining Lawsuit against Askey by Steven Cohen
- 2013.03.13. Support Dale Askey & Academic Freedom by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2013.03.13. STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR DALE ASKEY by members of the Pennsylvania State University, Library Faculty Organization
- 2013.03.15. The Dale Askey Effect by mhorman2012
- 2013.03.18. Boycott Begins as Librarians Unite Against Edwin Mellen Press by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.03.18. In defence of Academic Freedom by The Langara Franca Association
- 2013.03.19. The Librarians of George Washington University Stand with Dale Askey
- 2013.03.19. Des éditeurs ont engagé des poursuites contre des bibliothécaires pour avoir critiqué leurs livres by Françoise Lange
- 2013.03.19. Letter from Mellen lawyer to Kristin Hunt about article in The Scholarly Kitchen
- 2013.03.21. Letter from Mellen lawyer to The Scholarly Kitchen
- 2013.03.26. Fair Comment and Privileged Occasions by Geoffrey Pullum
- 2013.03.26. Statement in Support of Dale Askey by University of California’s Council of University Librarians
- 2013.03.26. The Alberta Library opposes libel suit
- 2013.03.27. More Librarians Urge EMP to End Lawsuit by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.03.28. Unpacking Faculty Status by The Library Loon
- 2013.03.29. Posts Removed Because We’ve Received Letters From Edwin Mellen Press’ Attorney by Kent Anderson (removed posts at Internet Archive here and here)
- 2013.03.29. The Scholarly Kitchen Removes Posts Re: Edwin Mellen Publishers, Following Letter from Lawyer by Gary Price
- 2013.03.29. Fresh (Possibly Bizarre) Activity in Mellen Press vs Dale Askey lawsuit situation by jack Unrau
- 2013.03.29. Unreasonable restrictions make me mellencholy by Rebecca Goldman
- 2013.03.29. Never Put Salt in Your Eyes and the Edwin Mellen Press by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.03.29. Edwin Mellen Press Threatens to Sue Society for Scholarly Publishing by Jake New
- 2013.03.29. Edwin Mellen Press Demonstrates How Not To Respond To Criticism: With Lawsuits & Bogus Threats by Mike Masnick
- 2013.03.29. Infamous Vanity Publisher Edwin Mellen Press Now Making Legal Threats Against Bloggers by Nate Hoffelder
- 2013.03.29. Edwin Mellen Press Threatens to Sue Again by Wayne Bivens-Tatum
- 2013.03.29. The Strange Case of Edwin Mellen Press by Roy Tennant (includes info on domain names using various combinations of Dale Askey's name)
- 2013.03.29. Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel — Inside Higher Ed by Keith Tipton
- 2013.03.29. Blind Mellendrama by Andy Woodworth
- 2013.03.30. Copy of Edwin Mellen Press Lawsuit and Original Blog Post “Curious Case of Edwin Mellen Press” by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.03.31. Publisher threats of lawsuits continue by mplibrarian
- 2013.03.31. Edwin Mellen Press Continues with Meritless Harassment of Bloggers by Brian Leiter
- 2013.03.31. The Mellendramatic Reel by Rick Anderson
- 2013.04.01. Librarians and Lawsuits – Edwin Mellen Press Threatens to Sue Another Librarian
- 2013.04.01. Call in the Lawyers by Ry Rivard
- 2013.04.01. Speaking up for Edwin Mellen Press by Walt Crawford
- 2013.04.01. Updates on Edwin Mellen Press lawsuits by Michelle Kraft
- 2013.04.02. Edwen Mellen Press and the Streisand Effect
- 2013.04.02. A short thought on Edwin Mellen Press by Mike Taylor
- 2013.04.03. SSP Board Decides to Reinstate Removed Posts by Kent Anderson
- 2013.04.03. Outing Censors by Patrick Durusau
- 2013.04.04. Sticks and stones? by Stephen Spong
- 2013.04.08. Boycotts, Ethics, & Edwin Mellen by Lane Wilkinson
- 2013.04.10. Two Current Challenges Facing Librarians Today ~ By Tim Ribaric, BUFA Professional Librarian Representative by Tim Ribaric, Brock University Faculty Association
- 2013.04.15. Herbert Richardson v. the World by Jake New
- 2013.04.16. A Quest to Bring Bloggers ‘Within the Framework of Law’ by Herbert W. Richardson
- 2013.04.17. Who Defines the Debate? by Aaron Barlow
- 2013.04.17. Edwin Mellen... by Spiros
- 2013.04.17. Louisiana State University Faculty Senate Statement of Support for Dale Askey & Jeffrey Beall
- 2013.04.19. Petition to Support Dale Askey by librarian members of the APUO (Association des Professeur(e)s de l’Université d’Ottawa).
- 2013.04.19. Librarians and Lawsuits – From Persecution to Prosecution, the tale of Edwin Mellen Press
- 2013.04.24. The Chronicle and Edwin Mellen Press by Timothy A. Lepczyk
- 2013.04.24 Statement by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) concerning the lawsuit against Dale Askey
- 2014.01.16. Update on Dale Askey & Edwin Mellen Press Inc. – Documents and Websites by Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
- 2014.02.10. On the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award by Progressive Librarians Guild Toronto Area Chapter on winning the award for their work on the #freedaleaskey archive
- 2014.02.11. Dale Askey Recipient of the 2014 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada from the Canadian Library Association
- 2014.02.11. OLA's Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom
- 2014.02.12. Dale Askey Recipient of the 2014 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada from the Canadian Library Association by Freedom to Read
If I've made any errors in the above list or missed any other relevant items, please let me know in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.
(Academic librarianship is a small world. I've met Dale Askey once or twice at conferences.)
Update 2013.02.10. Added a bunch I missed.
Update 2013.02.11. Added another bunch, some new and some I missed.
Update 2013.02.13. More added, mostly new with a few stragglers.
Update 2013.02.13. Added MUALA statement.
Update 2013.02.13. Added OCULA statement.
Update 2013.02.14. More added, mostly new and a few older ones.
Update 2013.02.15. More added.
Update 2013.02.20. Fairly sizable update, including a couple of more historical background items at the end of the General section.
Update 2013.02.27. More added, all from February 19th on.
Update 2013.03.17. Big update with 60ish items added.
Update 2013.03.30. Update mostly about threatening letter to The Scholarly Kitchen. The withdrawn posts are here and here
Update 2014.02.24. Big update, long delayed. Prompted by Dale Askey being awarded the 2014 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada and the Progressive Librarians Guild Toronto Area Chapter being awarded the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award. Both are richly deserved. Since it's been so long since I've updated, there's probably a greater than average chance I've missed stuff. Please let me know in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.
But at our core, librarians no matter where they work just want to make the world a better place.
Here's a couple, but definitely go on over to the post and check the rest out:
Rex Libris in the Rex Libris comics
Rex Libris is the "tough-as-nails Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library," who strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers — and also battles "loitering zombies" and alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees. His teleportation crystals let him travel to any corner of the universe to battle evil. "With fists of steel and mind as sharp as a tack, Rex is a true guardian of knowledge, foe of the foolish, defender of the Dewey Decimal System, and the best hope for the future of civilization."
Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Rupert Giles is the school librarian at Sunnydale High, but he's also got a secret — he's a Watcher, who guides Buffy on her journey to become the savior of the world. And he sometimes rolls up his sleeves and goes out to save the world on his own. Not to mention, Giles has another secret on top of that one — he's also Ripper, a ruthless, maybe slightly psycho, former wizard who's not afraid to get his hands a bit dirty. When there are nasty things that need to be done to keep us all safe, you won't have to look further than the book stacks at the high school to find the man to do them. (Thanks to WitnessAria for reminding me of this one.)
I already know a few of these but I'll definitely be checking out a bunch more.
- Like lunch, writing isn’t free
- when librarians lend their politics - or, information wants to be doctrinaire
- OLITA Resolution on Opposition to Access Copyright License Agreements
- Calling out nonsense - Access Copyright
- On (Access) Copyright
- What is the government's interest in copyright? Not that of the public.
- The Fastest Way to Send Big Chunks of Data Is Through the Mail, Not the Internet
- Postdocalypse now
- You Can't Start the Revolution from the Country Club
- The end of the book as we know it, and I feel (mostly) fine.
- Lending literacy
- When Authorship Isn’t Enough: Lessons from CERN on the Implications of Formal and Informal Credit Attribution Mechanisms in Collaborative Research
- Fun with Energy Consumption Data
- Dear HigherEd Communicators: John Tesh is Kicking Our Asses
- Participatory Culture, Participatory Libraries
- Doubling Down on DRM: Hachette U.K. dabbles in extraterritoriality
- Majoring in Free Content
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb is a real gem of a graphic novel, yet another stunning exemplar of what is possible with the graphic novel format.
As I've often said, there are basically two kinds of science graphic novels -- those that use the format to illustrate the same content as a textbook would have on the theory that anything illustrated must be more accessible and enjoyable. And those that use the graphic novel format to its fullest, finding a new way to bring science to a mass audience. The latter, of course, if preferable. But I have to say the there is definitely a sub-genre of that preferred genre, one that uses the graphic novel to tell a science story in some sort of social, historical or scientific context. Logicomix and Feynman are two great examples of wonderful historical biography graphic novels.
And Trinity is a wonderful example of the graphic novel as social history of science.
It tells the story of the development and deployment of the first atomic bomb during World War II, from the beginnings of the Manhattan Project through to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their aftermath. For a fairly brief book telling a huge story, it covers a lot of ground but never feels rushed. A lot of characters walk on and off stage fairly quickly too -- perhaps too quickly sometimes -- but the story stays focused. There's not a huge amount of scientific or technical detail by any means and not really anything that the average person couldn't easily grasp but what is included is well-chosen. The political context is also covered very well and Fetter-Vorm does not shy away from dealing with the moral and ethical aspects of the use of nuclear weapons in World War II. Fetter-Vorm's script is efficient and engaging with not too many words cluttering up the story but enough so that you're never left wondering what the pictures mean. And his art is clean and dynamic yet perfectly evocative, not super-hero-y at all. Both story and art find just the right mood to tell the story
Fetter-Vorm even includes a nice little bibliography at the end.
I would recommend this book to any fan of non-fiction and science/historical graphic novels. Any library, public or academic, that collects graphic novels would do well to purchase this for their community. While perhaps a little grim for younger primary school students, it would be perfect for middle school and high school. Patrons of science and engineering libraries in particular would find this a great addition to the collection.
Fetter-Vorm, Jonathan. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. New York: Hill and Wang, 2012. 160pp. ISBN-13: 978-0809094684