Monthly Archives: February 2013

Thoughts on the AHA’s statement on open access

The American Historical Association (AHA) put out a statement recently to express concerns about developments in the open access movement. In brief, the AHA is afraid that the open access model siphons money away from poor authors, flagship journals, and … Continue reading

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Pushing Audible

Remember this? This was when the Kindle was new and Amazon used to market it heavily by, among other things, displaying a little “Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this on Kindle” button next to books that weren’t already … Continue reading

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On Forced Rereading

I will be attempting to write a 25-page paper in one fell sweep in about two weeks or so. Hubris, you say. What could a person possibly have to say in 25 pages that is not a full blown piece … Continue reading

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Ah, Love

It is a unique moment in my life when I have both a print copy of a book and its e-book counterpart, the latter bought at full price. This must be love, for I have Jessica Litman’s Digital Copyright in … Continue reading

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Freedom on the Wings of PDA

Suppose that a librarian is convinced (no thanks to the previous post I had) that he wants to select books that will have a higher probability of being used within, say, the next five to 10 years than the current … Continue reading

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There is Only Use.

From Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence, we find these words numerous libraries, already straining under the exponentially rising cost of journals, especially in the sciences, managed the cutbacks [in budgets] by reducing the number of monographs they purchased. The result for … Continue reading

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Collaborative Archiving

I had the chance recently to make a presentation on some analysis I did with a small dataset. The goal for the project was to develop criteria¬†to select a number of journals for archiving (think remove from the library shelves … Continue reading

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