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Link to Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by

Nonprofit group Knowledge Unlatched pioneers an open-access model:

  • Participating libraries pick a list of scholarly books & collectively pay publishers an agreed upon fee for each book.
  • Publishers make Creative Commons-licensed, DRM-free PDFs of the selected books available for download through the OAPEN digital platform (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)
  • Pilot collection contains 28 books from 13 academic presses with publishers averaging $12,000 per book (authors ok’d access, receive royalties)
  • 300 libraries included in the pilot

Possible problems:

  • Libraries Vote on books to release: some in academic libraries concerned that “esoteric scholarship” is the least likely to win votes and therefore the most likely to remain locked up, even if it’s urgently needed”


A Duel Between a Squirrel & a Monkey on a Unicorn

Source: Duel between a squirrel and a monkey, both mounted on unicorns (Yates Thompson 19, f.3, 14th c.) [links added]…

Well, this makes my life seem very irrelevant now. 

(via sexycodicology)

Even more great stuff in the article:

Herself a librarian, Mrs Amissah-Arthur, who was speaking on the topic, “Librarianship and the demand for new leadership skills”, reminded the participants that “the library of the last century is no more the library of today”.

The workshop, organised by the Nigeria Library Association [link added] (Information Technology Section) in collaboration with Ifegrace Ventures Ltd with the support of the Ghana Library Association, is being attended by librarians from Ghana and Nigeria.

Bravi to the Nigeria Library Association, the Ghana Library Association, and to Ms. Amissah-Arthur.

It’s up! At the link, you can read it in sections, or download it as a PDF.

From BOOKTRYST: First Printed Edition Of The Torah In Hebrew $1,400,000 - $2,000,000 At Christie’s

From the post:

Printed on vellum in Bologna by Abraham ben Hayim of Pesaro for Joseph ben Abraham Caravita, this, the Hamishah humshe Torah was published on the 5th of Adar I [5]242 (January, 25, 1482) with Aramaic paraphrase (Targum Onkelos) and commentary by Rashi (Solomon ben Isaac). Rarer than copies of the Gutenberg Bible (49, per last census), and one of only twenty-eight surviving copies on vellum (with eleven survivors on paper), most incomplete, it is estimated to sell for $1,400,000 - $2,000,000 (€1,000,000-1,500,000; £900,000-1,300,000).




Tenured Radical Claire Potter wrote a post on the Chronicle of Higher Education blog recognizing librarians, especially radical librarians on the occasion of National Library Workers Day. She encourages her faculty colleagues to kiss us. Yay! I

Yesssss Jenna tells it like it is!

Also, again, would anyone say to kiss a cop or an engineer or an astronaut? Nah. We get kisses ‘cuz we are ladies and that is what we deserve.

I just like Jenna’s blistering closer to her original article:

My reaction is not strictly about me or how much money I make, it’s about feeling patronized, even infantilized. While I’m pro-kisses, what I really want is a seat at the table. 

If librarians can’t have that, the least we should expect is to have our work cited properly. 


Weirdest local note field I’ve found yet.

There was something strange going on at the Mid-Manhattan Library on Monday night. If regular patrons glanced up, they might wonder why a blond girl in a colorful sundress and two long fishtail braids was walking people over to a corner, making them swear an oath against animal cruelty, then running away. Or why a man took groups of two behind a bookshelf to show them a beetle and talk about Franz Kafka.

These were actors performing and ad-libbing short, provocative scenes from books once banned in the United States as part of the New York Public Library’s exhibition, “Secret Society of Forbidden Literature.” The interactive event, Banned!, was in celebration of National Library Week.

The event, “Banned!" was created by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo and Benita de Wit to be performed on Monday, April 14.


The best commercial for librarians, wasn’t made by librarians.  It was made for librarians

Aw.  Thank you, Factiva. 

(via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

Some good and sensible advice from Amanda Hovious, including:

  1. Embed the library services, not the librarian, into services, presentations, and the like. This is a good idea in that it gets patrons to think creatively about what library services could be used for.
  2. Use the technology available to you.  Obvious, but it does need to be said.
  3. Make instruction modular— portable and reusable.  This will free up your time for more complex topics.
  4. Train the teachers.  This ties in with #1, as well as #2, because I think librarians should do this for their fellow staff members as well.
  5. Use social media.  The only caveat I’d offer to this is to not necessarily reach out to students (some find it “creepy” when a librarian contacts them out-of-the blue), but do have a well-established social media presence that students can use to get in touch with you.