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Is an Open Access journal article a commodity?

I was recently asked this question and here is my reply based on Marx’s critique of the commodity. Implicit in the question is whether something that …

This is why we should fight against out-sourcing at universities

Sussex Uni’s 13,000 students started back last week. So did the campus’ formidable anti-outsourcing campaign.<p>Private company Chartwells have taken …

Heads in the Cloud? The anatomy of a data breach.

<i>A guest post by @foimonkey</i><p>The accidental release of a substantial amount of personal data by Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau has already been quite …

Radical Library Camp

This weekend, despite waking up with the evil yearly start-of-term cold, I made my way over to Bradford for the first Radical Library Camp. I’d never …

Does a University Need a Library?

Times are tough in North Dakota and the University of North Dakota is feeling the pinch. Among the many institutions seeing major cutbacks this year …

Does a University Need a Library? A response.

A colleague of mine wrote a very interesting blog post titled “Does a University Need a Library?” It is inspired by the almost $600,000 in budget …

Librarians, used to queries, gear up for Obamacare questions

Lisa Sprague is a librarian. And that means she’s used to taking questions.<p>“Everything from answering bar bets to, ‘How do I get a job?’” she said.<p>So …

The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library | Library Babel Fish

Yesterday I had two very different experiences that speak to two of Ranganathan’s laws of library science: Every book, it’s reader; every reader, his …

Editorial: A new ‘open library’ concept | Scandinavian Library Quarterly

<b>In striving for new public library concepts we see many fancy ideas presented. One of the most successful results in Denmark is the ‘open library’</b> …

Higher Education Can Be Free

College students, CEOs, and politicians of both parties agree that something must be done about the student debt crisis plaguing American families. …

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Two-way libraries, open catalogues and the future of sharing culture

<b>In brief</b><p>Photo by Flickr user David Amsler (CC BY 2.0)<p>by<p>For various reasons, libraries have largely ignored the volume of new content whose creation …

Hampstead School's 'anarchist' blogger should not face censure

Nineteen-year-old Kinnan Zaloom has been reported to the police by his former headteacher – for writing a Private Eye-style blog criticising the way his school is run. The head of this north London comprehensive has banned Kinnan from the school grounds and called his chosen university to warn them …

Johns Hopkins dean apologises for ordering NSA-related blog removed

A Johns Hopkins University dean has apologised and insisted he is "supportive of academic freedom" after ordering a cryptography professor to take down a blog post which criticised the National Security Agency.<p>Matthew Green, an assistant research professor in JHU's department of computer science, …

How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch

The more we learn about the breadth and depth of the NSA and GCHQ's programmes of spying on the general public, the more alarming it all becomes. The most recent stories about the deliberate sabotage of security technology are the full stop at the end of a sentence that started on 8 August, when …

Comment on Beautiful Transgressions | And Still We Rise: On the Violence of Marketisation in Higher Education by Reading our Political Moment Pedagogically - Progress in Political Economy (PPE)

[…] The violences of micromanagement roll out disciplinary mechanisms and rationalities to create the ‘civil’ and ‘rational’ individualising and …

Information for Social Change Journal (ISC)

<b>Ruth Rikowski</b><p>The friendly, inviting <b>local community public library</b> . Seemingly somehow removed from the glare of competition and the rat race. Deep …

Feminism and digital rights – when worlds collide

<b>Guest Blogger // 7 September 2013</b><p><i>This is a guest post by Milena, who is a technology manager by day and a blogger and campaigner by night. Causes she</i> …

The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back

Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us.<p>By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the …

Nudge censorship: questions for ISPs and government

| Jim Killock<p><i>Back on 18 June, Maria Miller MP brought Internet companies to her office to talk about what can be done about various types of</i> …

Reading Material

In a notebook he kept while imprisoned in the late 1960s, Régis Debray recorded a scene from Che Guevara’s final ill-fated mission in Bolivia. The …

Is your university reading your emails?

Are decisions on monitoring done fairly and transparently, with regard to standards of academic freedom?<p>With the ongoing fallout from Edward …

Universities twice as likely as other employers to use zero-hours contracts

Universities and colleges are more than twice as likely to employ staff on controversial zero-hours contracts as other workplaces, freedom of information requests have found.<p>More than half of the 145 UK universities and nearly two-thirds of the 275 further education colleges that responded to the …

Inside a cooperative university

Source: Getty<p>Mondragon is jointly owned by its academic and administrative staff. No one may earn more than three times the salary of the lowest-paid …

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Barbara Fister<p>When we were creating our first strategic plan at my library, we held some focus groups with faculty. One of them said something that …

EC study finds low citation gains for gold open access

Source: Alamy<p>Gilded pages: the youth of gold journals may disadvantage them<p>There may be a citation advantage to making research freely available, but …