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A Little Précis of Librarianship, 5-21-2017

I’ve decided to go to a bi-weekly schedule to keep from putting too much pressure on myself.

Again, I have to thank Audrey Watters of Hack Education for the inspiration of this blogging format, with her weekly wrap up of education technology news.

Politics (the one that there’s nothing funny about)

Speaking of interesting ad campaigns, Freedom of the Press Foundation did a targeted ad campaign of their SecureDrop system to potential whistleblowers in the Trump Administration.

Publishers Weekly has joined the list of people who noticed that librarianship is political. At least this time HR 1695 makes an appearance.

Librarians are starting to finally pay attention to HR 1695.

The FCC is in a pensive mood, as a rush of comments about Net Neutrality led it to take down its comments so it can “reflect”.

A dire lack of library access in schools was trending news in Scotland. A defense of public libraries in Northern Ireland also blipped on my radar. I’m not as familiar with the state of librarianship in the UK, but it’s something I would love to hear more about in the comments.

Scholarly (Mis)Communication

Lots here on science publishing. Jon Tennant of Green Tea and Velociraptors gets two features: a guide for researchers looking to get started at ScienceOpen, and another on why we don’t need journal blacklists (particularly ones we have to pay for from publishers, for obvious reasons).

“Steady, strong growth” of OA in the sciences is expected, but so is their relationship to the traditional publishing model. What’s up with that?

But that’s not stopping Nature from profiting from shoddy science (and the retraction papers). Maybe we need to be focusing more on Open Peer Review, as well as Open Access.

“Do ResearchGate Scores create ghost academic reputations?” Social mediafication of academic reputations?! You mean academics are sometimes rated on their popularity, or other inflated prestige indicators, not the sheer quality of their research? Color me shocked.

Copyright Corner

One of the scant updates on Diego Gomez I’ve been able to find, the grad student who is facing jail time for sharing a MA thesis in Colombia. The reason this barbaric level of punishment exists? Why, it’s just the American way. And we’re not going to stop helping other countries create these laws any time soon.

Not only is it possible to copyright the law now, it’s apparently also not fair use to use footage of government proceedings. In cases like this, context is often key.

Whatever happened to digital first sale cases anyway?

Patent troll Blackbird “Tech” (apparently an abstract term representing the idea of technology, not the actual production of it) gets an earful after filing a lawsuit against Cloudflare.

Datafication Station

There was a fascinating speech put out on “The Quantified Worker,” by Ifeoma Ajunwa, and the move away from Taylorism and towards a mastery of the body of the worker: like Wellness Programs creating healthy workers that increase productivity. Similarly, what does the datafication of everything mean for justice and society? As librarians, we are often information scientists, and migrate into a data scientist role. Unlike data scientists, we have a longer tradition of emphasizing the “soft” skills and rights of users, and we should make sure to be heard in that discussion (I have an upcoming chapter on this I’ll link to once the publishing agreement is finished).

That is, if you still have a job.

Emerging Technobabble

Ex Libris is pushing its products towards BIBFRAME. Just as the LoC is upping its efforts. Maybe it’ll be in production by the time other linked-data initiatives steal all the thunder, like Wikipedia and the Wikipedia Library.

Disruption is a term I’m already getting sick of, as it’s almost never about the technology itself.

Personal digital archiving is something I think about often. I wonder what digital archives will look like in 50 years.

Research Reports

I’ve added a neat feature from the Internet Archive I wasn’t aware of, which is a 404 page handler that will attempt to send a person to the archived version of the page they were looking for. Hope some of my site breaks so I can try it out!

I also presented at the Florida Library Association’s annual conference last week, and the Technical Services Member Group’s website now has our slides.

I’m playing around with using Facebook to promote scholarly websites. I don’t know how many people expect to see an Open Access Resources list as a sponsored ad on Facebook, but hopefully they’ll like it.

Get your professional development on! (Starts May 29)

And the Technical Services Member Group also updated our list of training resources on demand.

New Sources

The LoC released 25 million MARC records to the public.

Ending on a Good Note

Although this is ending on a good note, it should also be a section on “how to bury the lede”. Here’s the good note:

LaVaille Reifenrath has also decided to do an independent campaign to raise money for the library. As an independent project and fundraiser, the library director will make a special journey in her wheelchair to raise money for the Emerson Public Library.

“I chose on my 50th birthday, June 11th, to wheel from here to Dakota City and to collect money to do some updates to the library,” said LaVaille Reifenrath, Director, Emerson Public Library.

If you would like to roll with Reifenrath on her 25-mile journey from Emerson to Dakota City or donate money, reach out to her at the Emerson Public Library

The title of the article? “Local libraries are struggling to stay relevant in the age of technology.”

So to actually finish on a brighter note: DUCKLINGS!

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