This new SFDORA repository of case studies on how institutions have made changes is helpful Assessment criteria for promotion form an ongoing blockage to fixing publishing practices (e.g. moving toward innovative models)

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? 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

"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 journals is important (and on World Day of Digital Preservation ). The DOAJ, the CLOCKSS Archive, Internet Archive, Keepers Registry/ISSN International Centre and Public Knowledge Project (PKP) have a new initiative for archiving these journals. Info here:

The mail just delivered my copy of Richard Ovenden's new "Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack" which I'm looking forward to. Nice this arrived during as helps somewhat prevent the erasure/destruction of knowledge.

If you're a university educator and want to ask your deans, provosts etc. to take a principled stand against automated proctoring systems, feel free to adapt this text:

Proctorio tries to silence learning technologist 

A Learning Technology Specialist at UBC was rightly critical of Proctorio so the company is suing him - . Considering the ethical, technical or other transgressions of automated test proctoring/surveillance tools like Proctorio, it's worth spreading the word. His legal defence: GoFundMe campaign.

Good blog post here: In Defence of Ian Linkletter -

Thumbing through pages to look up something in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, first sentence under "principle of contradiction" caught my eye: "also called principle of non-contradiction, the principle that a statement and its negation cannot both be true." love that

There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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Stick with it. Often "...distraction is your brain ducking challenging feelings such as boredom, loneliness, insecurity, fatigue and uncertainty. These are the internal triggers – the root causes – that prompt you to find the comfort of distraction"

JSTOR summing up library anxiety. I enjoyed this but its target audience is more-likely non-librarians.

shameless self promotion of my new paper 

Our new article is finally published!

'What’s Wrong with Digital Stewardship: Evaluating the Organization of Digital Preservation Programs from Practitioners’ Perspectives"

Basically we (Peggy, Shira, Karl, Julia, and I) asked ~25 digital preservation practitioners about their workplace and the fields' downward workplace satisfaction trend and analyzed their answers.

Article (open access):

Data (mostly open except the interview transcripts themselves, participant protection):

Definition of a museum? I hadn't been following this issue so this article surprised me, it's not very in-depth but it does raise interesting complex points.

This starfish travelled to Montréal, fulfilling its life's greatest dream. It expired moments before being able to cross the fence and ride the red slide. A moment of silence.

Scholar Social is hosting a free online conference, !

And we're looking for presenters!

If you're a writer, researcher, formal academic, or anyone with expertise that you'd like to share, presentation spots are 10-15 min long (no formal credentials required, open to people on any Fedi instance, not just

Sign up by 2020 July 12 here:

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