US academia payment culture 

What's the longest anyone has had to wait on another university to pay them for freelancing work? I taught a 20-hour course in early August for a continuing education program in my field and am still waiting on payment 6 weeks later

I mostly post art here, but in my professional life, I helped found a technology cooperative with some amazing and talented people.

We did a little post about the process of becoming a legally recognized worker-owned co-op in New York. If you've ever been curious about alternative ways of organizing your business, give it a read!

blog.emma.coop/andy/forming-a-

gutting tenure/Emporia State 

seems relevant that Emporia State - which has now effectively abolished tenure - is being led by a former Koch industries CEO who doesn't have an advanced degree. A regular reminder that what happens on the margins comes for everyone, eventually. esubulletin.com/campus_commons

Is there any good climate fiction out there featuring the US Great Lakes watershed?

I can officially announce that I've been appointed to the National Archives Federal FOIA Advisory Committee! archives.gov/ogis/foia-advisor

I see a lot of time management resources for early career folks (like what facultydiversity.org/) offers, are there similar resources for mid-career people?

US repro law and First Amendment 

Is anyone writing about the First Amendment implications of prohibiting people from communicating about abortion in states where it's been criminalized?

Archivist thoughts on current USpol headlines 

There are plenty of recordkeeping laws out there - at the federal and state level. The problem is that there's a lack of enforcement of these laws. This makes the job of archivists (who generally do not have legal authority to make any charges, they just can refer known issues to the authorities who can make charges) infinitely harder than it already is.

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Archivist thoughts on current USpol headlines 

When I helped develop SAA's position statement on judiciary records, one of the resources our committee looked at was this 1977 study. Many of the recommendations became part of the Presidential Records Act. But there's a lot of great stuff in it that was never enacted - especially for Congress and the judiciary. books.google.com/books?id=UXO-

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Archivist thoughts on current USpol headlines 

(Also: the National Archives needs a TON more money, authority, and resources so that the incredible public servants there can do their jobs more effectively)

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Archivist thoughts on current USpol headlines 

My main takeaway is that although I have serious reservations about the carceral system, because there has been little enforcement around the FRA/PRA, and because both parties have engaged in pretty flagrant recordkeeping violations, that violations happen regularly because no one fears any legal consequences. If serious enforcement started happening, maybe things would change. I'm not holding my breath, but I'll be glad to be proven wrong.

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Archivist thoughts on current USpol headlines 

I served on the Society of American Archivists' Committee on Public Policy for three years and during that time I read a LOT about the Federal Records Act and Presidential Records Act. I also helped co-author SAA's now adopted position statement on the status of judiciary records (there is no equivalent of the PRA for federal judges).

higher ed journalism and unions 

once again, I am asking the CHE editors to hire someone with an actual labor background to handle a labor beat instead of relying on interns to report on labor issues chronicle.com/article/why-this

unions and higher ed 

okay so the byline is from an intern. that's fine. interns are still learning. but given how much unionizing stuff is happening in higher ed, i still don't know why CHE wouldn't prioritize hiring a labor beat reporter. almost like they mainly cater to administration.......

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unions and higher ed 

lord have mercy can CHE please hire someone who is actually good at labor reporting? in my experience, the people who usually come guns blazing with outside counsel first is management, not the workers' union negotiation team. chronicle.com/article/how-a-co

uspol, peer review, repro rights 

a lot of librarians wring their hands about the rigor of published LIS work, but folks, I assure you that a huge portion of LIS work is far more rigorous than law review articles because i have yet to publish in an LIS journal that isn't peer reviewed (and those that use alternate methods are pretty transparent about it)

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uspol, peer review, repro rights 

seeing on the birb site that some bad law office history on abortion made it into a Harvard Law journal & this is a great time to remind everyone that law reviews do not use peer review. This is a major reason why I'm inherently skeptical about the general aptitude and competence of the legal discipline. Lots of other disciplines have methodological issues, but a discipline-wide lack of peer review and relying on students for editorship is inherently problematic.

Is anybody here from the global south working on topics of cultural heritage?

How do you format published book reviews you have written about other people's books on your CV? I am trying to find a way to include the author of the original book, as previously I had only just listed the book title. This is harder than it sounds!

chronic understaffing in universities 

This is about student financial aid offices, but you could write this about most academic libraries too, including the "respondents who didn't have time to respond because of lack of staffing to gather data" Does anyone in higher ed leadership care about this crisis? Because I see a version of this in virtually every office at our university and at some point, the whole thing is going to collapse.

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