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International Open Access Week is this week, October 20-26. Its theme is called “Generation Open”:

…The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.


I DON’T KNOW WHAT I THINK. I like some of these ideas and I don’t really care about privacy but I recognize that a lot of my lack of caring about privacy is all kindsa tied up in privilege stuffs.

So, what do you think?

Well, it’s claim to privacy protection is this:

"Stackscore gets around this by not releasing any usage data directly. Stackscore is a computed number. For example, check-outs might be part of that calculation, but hackers couldn’t go backwards from, say, a once-a-year stackscore to conclusions about what was checked out together. Libraries could even include some randomized information in the computation, for a stacksore need not be perfectly accurate to be useful. In fact, “community relevance” is inherently imprecise."

I’m not sure if I buy it, but that may just be due to a gap in my knowledge.  It sounds like the stackscore just computed from how frequently a library item is used— something that most ILSs can retrieve for you.  So presumably, individual patrons’ privacy is protected, even if the usage of the general library community is datafied.  So there’s still information available that may be used against patrons, but only in a general sense.

Either way, if such a thing <i>is</i> used, I think we can agree that patrons be made aware of specifically what information of theirs is being used, how it is being used, and who has access to it.

For more information on StackLife (the application that creates stackscores), there’s a Harvard Library article, and the website for the lab that created the application is here.

"Anthropologist of the search" (not a librarian!) Daniel M. Russell gives a very nice shout-out to libraries, both public and academic*. Why should you get a library card?

  1. Access to online paywall content.
  2. eBooks— that is, free access to books you would like to read, but not buy.
  3. Local archives and community information.
  4. Classes on skills such as basic computer applications, doing research, and the like.
  5. Reference librarians. He actually recommends chatting with and working with the reference librarians! Happy day!

*Even if you’re no longer a college or university students, many academic libraries offer library privileges to alumni.

Library and information service is meant to assist individuals in their individual pursuit to have a better life. This does not mean that each time an information worker answers a question it profoundly alters a patron’s life, but it does imply that every time questions are answered correctly the patron is able to accomplish a task, resolve a problem, or plan their future just a little better. In this way, the profession assumes that not only individuals, but organizations and society as a whole are changed, and, in the long run, improved by ideas. Improvement may mean many different things: providing information to a scientist to discover a new drug; stimulating the imagination of a child by providing reading or viewing material; providing training information to adults; or providing programming for mothers or the elderly.
Rubin, R. & Froehlich, T. J. (2010). Ethical aspects of library and information science. In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences.  (pp. 1743-1755). (via theseareafewofmyfavoritethingsss)


Thank you for all the love guys! It means so much to me! I’m feeling better now :) kaibasgirl theambulancegirl text-block

Wow…I didn’t see your other post.  It looks like you were having a very bad day!  I am sorry that happened and glad you are feeling better.


I can’t believe I forgot to link to this petition in my ‪#‎teamharpy‬ post yesterday. Post edited, and here’s the link.



My ears are suddenly burning and I don’t know why.

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I am more convinced than ever that DRM is not the way to go with academic ebooks. Springer has proven that scholarly publishers don’t need it to have a sustainable business model. DRM means lousy service and turning our backs on privacy. Any librarian who has wrestled with the products knows about the service issues, but for a succinct recap read what Wayne Bivens-Tatum has to say. I’ll let the Electronic Frontier Foundation explain what’s wrong with DRM on privacy grounds.

For those librarians who say “patrons don’t care” or “we have to do what our users want,” show me the evidence that they really, truly, have no problem with all kinds of people knowing what pages they’ve read from all of the books they have borrowed and that they don’t mind if Adobe rummages through their reading devices to see what other books they’ve read. I have a feeling they’d say, “Seriously? They do that? That’s not okay.”…

Time to point out the obvious: our readers have no privacy, and we’re part of the problem. What are we going to do about it?

Barbara Fister, on the Adobe Digital Editions ebooks debacle, in "The Reader Has No Clothes" | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered.


Surprise: notes from cataloging class are also sound medical advice.

I probably shouldn’t have laughed at that, but I did.

If you’re also at the Missouri Library Association conference, I hope to see you there.