19th of April is #BicycleDay - learn more about Dr. Albert Hofmann and LSD https://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/swiss-chemist-albert-hofmann-discovers-lsd
Take a look at our lineup for the 19th annual Concordia #Library Research Forum (April 27 & 28). Registration is still open. It's a free, online event this year. Here is the link to the schedule and registration: https://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum/index.php #CULibraryForum
Good joint response to latest Canadian government copyright consultation from CARL-ABRC & CFLA-FCAB. Much to like in its recommendations & that it sheds light on more than just the short-sighted term extension imposed by CUSMA (NAFTA) https://www.carl-abrc.ca/news/joint-response-to-consultation-on-copyright-term-extension/
"Free software is a vital component of an open and just technological society: its key institutions and individuals cannot place misguided feelings of loyalty above their commitment to that cause. The movement for digital freedom is larger than any one individual contributor, regardless of their role. Indeed, we hope that this moment can be an opportunity to bring in new leaders and new ideas to the free software movement."
Super interested to read this major new "...analysis and overview of collaborative, community-driven open access journals and platforms" #OA #openaccess sponsored by colation S. This article includes links to the reports (findings & recommendations) as well as the datasets and bibliographic info https://oaspa.org/major-oa-diamond-journals-study-completed-report-emphasizes-diversity-and-sustainable-pathways-for-diamond-open-access/
Zotero is going to introduce new features -- like TABS! and a BUILT-IN PDF READER!
I wrote a post about how to install Zotero's beta and get these new things:
For anyone not willing to run their beta, don't worry -- the new features will be out in Zotero 6.
I cannot applaud the title of this article enough. It's like it's been on repeat in my head for over a decade whenever I try to walk anywhere. "People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything" https://www.wired.com/story/people-who-text-while-walking-actually-do-ruin-everything/
The new University of California transformative agreement with Elsevier has some interesting details. It certainly seems like a big change to increase #openaccess https://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/uc-publisher-relationships/elsevier-oa-agreement/
Good open access news in Canada
Really great to see this big transformative #OA agreement between Canadian universities (CRKN_RCDR)
& SAGE! It discounts APCs in some journals and automatically waives them for a lot of others and implements lots of Creative Commons licensing. https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/canadian-research-knowledge-network-announces-transformative-agreement-sage #OpenAccess
Interesting article with much more to say than its title (Librarians vs. QAnon) suggests. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2021/02/how-librarians-can-fight-qanon/618047/ Many thoughts related to info literacy E.g. "We are experiencing a moment that is exposing a schism between two groups: those who have faith that there is a way to arrive at truth using epistemological practices that originated during the Enlightenment, and those who believe that events and experiences are portents to be interpreted in ways that align with their personal values."
You should read this really nice article. It helps to figure out ways for better surviving the ongoing trudge of this pandemic https://theconversation.com/try-a-little-playfulness-if-your-familys-pandemic-routine-needs-a-reset-150893
This shows some difficulties journalism is facing. Author says "To protect Canadians from disinformation, local news outlets need support" (I'd also say augment education in critical thinking & media awareness skills but that'd be another article) https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/02/10/opinion/canadians-will-pay-price-if-local-journalism-doesnt-get-lifeline
The European court of human rights has ordered 33 European governments to respond to a landmark climate lawsuit lodged by six youth campaigners.
Will oligopolistic academic publishers (SNSI) get to plant surveillance software in libraries? https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/spyware-in-libraries/ No, libraries are not passive recipients of such tech. Librarians wouldn't allow such a thing because it'd go contrary to our professional code(s) of ethics. Mehta's article is good but only mentioned "digital rights advocates and scientists." Since it concerned libraries, I felt there should be a librarian's perspective so I just blogged a bit here https://www.phydeau.org/chroknowlogy/information-ethics/2020/publishers-proposing-surveillance-tech-on-libraries/
"Reparative Aesthetics: The Museum’s Incarceration of Indigenous Life" is an online talk this afternoon (2 - 4pm EST) with Dylan Robinson: thá:ytset: shxwelí li te shxwelítemelh xíts'etáwtxw. It looks really interesting! Register for free here:
This positive announcement on a new collaboration to preserve fully #OpenAccess journals is important (and on World Day of Digital Preservation #WDPD20). The DOAJ, the CLOCKSS Archive, Internet Archive, Keepers Registry/ISSN International Centre and Public Knowledge Project (PKP) have a new initiative for archiving these #OA journals. Info here: https://blog.doaj.org/2020/11/05/doaj-to-lead-a-collaboration-to-improve-the-preservation-of-open-access-journals/
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